Kansas Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward To Claim Share Of $656 Million Jackpot

04/06/2012 05:59 pm ET | Updated Apr 07, 2012

Kansas state officials have confirmed that a ticket holder came forward to claim a share of the historic Mega Millions $656 million jackpot Friday, according to the Associated Press.

State officials said the winner would remain anonymous.

According to MSNBC, the winner chose to take the one lump-sum payment of about $157 million before taxes and now plans to retire.

"It'll take a few days for us to transfer the money to their account. It was a single ticket holder--one person claimed the ticket," Dennis Wilson, Kansas Lottery executive director, said at a press conference in Topeka.

The Kansas winner was one of three tickets to be sold with the correct combination of numbers necessary to claim a share of the $656 million jackpot.

The Illinois and Maryland Mega Millions winng ticket holders have yet to come forward with their tickets. A Maryland McDonald's worker claimed she bought the winning ticket earlier in the week, but later said she lost it.

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