$61M Mega Millions Winner Claims Prize
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The winner of the $61 million Mega Millions prize was announced Friday afternoon.
Tina Still and her son, Jonathon, claimed the prize at 1:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters. Still said she and her son are going to split the money between the two of them. The 69-year-old Bellevue woman is a retiree of the Tennessee General Assembly, where she worked for 36 years. Jonathon Still works for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Still said she almost fainted when she realized she had the winning numbers.
"Like it's unreal. Really. It's unreal," said Still. "I don't know how I feel. "It's just too exciting for words."
The ticket was sold at the Shell station in Bellevue for the Friday, January 3 drawing. Owner Bharat Kabaria also won $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.
It is the first time a ticket sold in Tennessee hit the Mega Millions jackpot since the state began participating in the multi-state game in January 2010. It is the largest prize in Tennessee lottery history.
The Stills did not indicate what they would do with the winnings.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)