Illinois Lottery officials presented a check for $500-thousand Thursday to the owners of the MotoMart in Red Bud which sold one of the winning tickets in last week's multi-million-dollar jackpot. The $656 million prize was the largest ever in lottery history in the U.S.,and there were three winning tickets sold...one in Illinois, and the others in Kansas and Maryland.
Store owner FKG Oil Company President Rob Forsythe then made a surprise announcement, telling store employees they would share $50,000 of the prize. Forsythe said the rest will be re-invested back into the company. The nine employees will take home about 55-hundred dollars each before taxes. Illinois lottery officials said there are plenty of rumors about who won, but suspects the winner is sitting on the ticket while they get financial advice on what to do with the money.