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Idaho woman to cash $190 million ticket

Fri., Jan. 21, 2011, 1:51 p.m.

BOISE — Lottery officials say a 29-year-old North Idaho woman has decided to collect her half of a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot in a lump sum payment.

The Idaho Lottery announced today that Holly Lahti, from the small town of Rathdrum, had elected to take the $120 million lump sum instead of collecting her cash in annual payments over 25 years.

The federal government would take $30 million in taxes, while the Idaho State Tax Commission would take a $9.3 million slice, leaving Lahti with about $80.6 million.

Lahti, a mother of two, is splitting the second-largest lottery jackpot in history with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Wash.


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