RED BUD, Ill. (AP) — Holders of two of the winning tickets of last month’s record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot now have claimed their shares in Maryland and Kansas.

But the winner with the third ticket bought in southern Illinois’ Red Bud still hasn’t come forward, and chances are far less likely that winner will keep their name secret when they do.

Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says the lottery will work with the Illinois winner of the March 30 drawing to conceal their identity “if there are good and rational reasons.”

But Jones says he believes ultimately it should hold that making the winner public is “a very key part of the lottery equation” because it shows the lottery’s losers that prizes are being awarded.

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