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Wednesday
Jan122011

Idaho Woman Claims $190M Mega Millions Pot, But Stays Out of Spotlight

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BOISE, Idaho) -- A woman from northern Idaho has claimed her half of the second-largest lottery jackpot in history Wednesday, but the country's newest gazillionaire has decided to stay out of the spotlight.

Holly Lahti is the winner of the $190 million Mega Millions pot. She claimed her winning ticket Tuesday, lottery officials said. Lahti has asked the lottery that the location of her town not be identified beyond that it is located in northern Idaho.

"We expect that she will be coming forward shortly," a lottery representative announced at a press conference Wednesday. The representative did not want to comment on the winner, but did admit, "Well, when you win $190 million you're pretty excited."

The woman is one of two people to win the $380 million bonanza. She is believed to be a single mother with two children, according to ABC News affiliate KXLY.

Relatives tell the news station that the winner is "very deserving" of the ticket.

If Lahti intends to keep a low profile, she is living in the right place.

"If she wants to be left alone, Idaho people respect that, perhaps that's more than any other state," told Jeff Humphrey reporter for KXLY.

Lahti contrasts with her co-winner. Last week the winner of the other half of the bonanza, Jim McCullar, came forward in Ephrata, Wash., to claim his share of the jackpot.

McCullar spent more than 30 minutes regaling a news conference with stories about how he won, other prizes he has won and joking with his wife.

McCuller, 68, and his wife Carolyn live in Ephrata, Wash., a town of fewer than 7,000 people, where he works as a real estate agent.

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