Bellevue lottery winner claims $61 million prize

Bellevue lottery winner claims $61 million prize (Image 1)

The winner of a $61 million Mega Millions ticket sold at a Bellevue gas station has come forward.

The grand prize winner, Bettina “Tina” Still, and her son Jonathan accepted the prize money Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

“It’s unreal, really,” the 69-year-old retired state worker told the media. “It’s just too exciting for words.”

Tina, who will share the winnings with her son said they have played the lottery for years before hitting the Mega Millions.

“I am truly grateful for this blessing. I have played the lottery since it first arrived in Tennessee and have always believed that I could win. As I keep telling my friends, you can’t win if you don’t play. Knowing you can win is one of the biggest thrills in the world. It’s part of the fun of playing.”

Still and her son waited nearly a week to claim the jackpot so they could consider their options and consult with a financial advisor. They have since decided to take the lump-sum cash payment.

The winning ticket was sold at the Shell station on Old Harding Pike.

The Bellevue store received $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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