Idaho to $190 Million Lottery Winner: Please Claim Your Freaking Prize

UPDATE: Sorry, Ric Flair, Idaho woman Holly Lahti just claimed the $190 million Mega Millions prize. Hmmm, Lahti . . . I swear that sounds like a distant cousin of mine . . .

Ephrata, Wash., couple Jim and Carolyn McCullar waited a whole two days to show up at a press conference in Olympia last week and smile for cameras with a giant check for $90 million--the after-taxes lump sum of half of the enormous $380 million Mega Millions jackpot they split with a winner in Idaho. So what of that winner in Idaho? Apparently he or she is nowhere to be found.

The AP reports Saturday that the winner of the remaining $190 million jackpot did indeed purchase the ticket in Idaho, but is either letting the tension build before making the claim, hasn't figured out they've won, or has lost the ticket altogether (perhaps having rolled it into a KKK snowman).

This phenomenon has launched residents of at least one small Idaho town into a furious state of speculation, with townsfolk offering their take on who bought the ticket and what they'd do if they'd won (buy stuff).

The winner apparently has six months to claim the prize. After that, according to the Mega Millions website:

If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit, each participating state in the Mega Millions game will get back all the money that state contributed to the unclaimed jackpot.

If the money does end up going back the respective states, here's hoping that at least part of it will go toward recruiting former WWF wrestler Ric Flair to produce radio commercials for future jackpots, like this one:

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