Winners of $61M Mega Millions jackpot claim prize - WSMV Channel 4

Winners of $61M Mega Millions jackpot claim prize

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A Nashville woman and her son are the winners of the largest lottery jackpot in Tennessee history.

Bettina Still, and her son, Jonathan Still, came forward Friday to claim the $61 million Mega Millions prize before a press conference at the Lottery Tennessee headquarters.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Bellevue Shell on Old Harding Pike before the drawing on Jan. 3.

As a reward for selling the winning ticket, the business will receive $25,000.

The Stills are the first Mega Millions jackpot winners in Tennessee since the state began offering the game in January 2010.

Bettina Still worked as an executive secretary for the Tennessee legislature for 36 years before retiring in 2012, while Jonathan Still works in operations for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

"It's unreal," Bettina Still said. "I don't know how to feel. It's too exciting for words."

If the Stills choose to take a lump-sum cash payout, they would walk away with about $24.5 million after taxes.

And the lottery's CEO likes to point out that Tennessee's lottery has already been a winner for Tennessee college students. So far, some 800,000 students have been awarded more than $2.8 billion in lottery scholarships.

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