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Retired Illinois couple claims huge lottery prize

Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout

Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois,...more

Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout
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Handout image courtesy of the Illinois Lottery shows Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler speaking during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout

Handout image courtesy of the Illinois Lottery shows Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler speaking during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of...more

Handout image courtesy of the Illinois Lottery shows Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler speaking during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout
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