Winner claims $25 million Mega Millions prize

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NOEL, Mo. (AP) – A 60-year-old southwest Missouri man has come forward with a Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $25 million before taxes.

The Missouri Lottery announced Thursday that Raul Ahumada of Noel took what he thought was a $25,000 winner on to the Lottery’s Springfield office Tuesday and learned he was an even bigger winner.

Ahumada works at a chicken processing plant and said he plans to “try to find a nice mountain home and stay there.”

Lottery officials say Ahumada bought his winning ticket for the July 31 drawing at Rio Alce convenience store in Noel. He let the computer pick the winning numbers.

Officials say Ahumada’s jackpot was the 427th ticket worth $1 million or more sold in Missouri since the Lottery was started in 1986.