- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Westlake Liquors customer became $1 million richer during the weekend after having purchased the second-tier Mega Millions winning ticket at the store.
Ysmaille Castor of Waldorf said he checked the numbers Saturday after purchasing his ticket the day before. Castor said he knew he didn’t hit the Mega ball number but wanted to see how his other numbers fared.
Looking at the straight numbers, he saw that he had hit not one or two, but five numbers.
He thought that maybe he won about $5,000.
When he discovered he had actually won $1 million he said he reaction was “ay-yi-yi.”
Thinking about being a millionaire, he said was “very exciting.”
Sean Moon, owner of the liquor store, said he sold the winning ticket to Castor on Friday afternoon. He recalled Castor was listening to music and just seemed like a happy guy. Moon said Castor came in the next day saying he had won.
Castor said Tuesday that he went back to the liquor store to tell them he had won and to find out where he needed to go to claim his winnings.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights.
Moon said he was not in the store when Castor came in Saturday but heard that he was very excited and shouting that he had won.
Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, said winners have 180 days to claim their winnings. On Tuesday morning, representatives from the lottery agency announced Castor had come in that morning and agreed to release his name for publication.
There were only two second-tier winners Friday, the one in Waldorf and one in Texas.
On Monday afternoon, some regular customers to Westlake Liquors were purchasing tickets and scratch-off games.
John Wade of Waldorf said he was happy that someone who purchased the ticket at that store won, but he laughed as he said, “It should have been me.”
Wade said a lot of winning lottery tickets and scratch-off games are sold at the store on Smallwood Drive, pointing to a wall that displays winning prize amounts from tickets sold at the store.
Moon said it is true that a lot of people win who purchase tickets at the store, but it has been several years since anyone won as much as $1 million.
Everett said for selling the winning ticket, Waldorf Liquors will receive $1,000.
After taxes, Castor does not get exactly $1 million, but Everett said it is a pretty large amount.
Federal taxes take 25 percent of the winnings and state taxes take 8.75 percent. Everett said winning $1 million “can’t change your lifestyle completely, but boy it certainly helps.”
Castor said he has plans to pay off his car loan and put money toward his mortgage and money toward a college education for his four children.
He said he is not a regular lottery player but does play when he has a chance. He has won before from tickets purchased in Virginia, but this is his first win in Maryland.
Castor jokingly said he had nearly given up on playing in Maryland.
Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $131 million. Everett said it is important for any lottery game that even if you don’t win the jackpot, check the ticket.
She said getting some of the numbers and not all of the numbers can lead to prizes of $5,000 or more.
She said it always is nice when Marylanders win.
“Sometimes it doesn’t even matter the amount. It’s the reactions,” she said.