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Md. to receive more than $10.1 million in tax revenue for selling winning ticket

A Mega Millions jackpot winner bought his $414 million ticket at Lady’s Liquors on Crain Highway in La Plata. The lucky winner matched all six numbers including the Mega Ball. The jackpot has a cash option of $230.9 million. Since there were two winning tickets sold nationwide, after taxes the Maryland winner will take home approximately $76.4 million if choosing the cash option. For selling the winning ticket, Maryland will receive more than $10.1 million in tax revenue. The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51, and Mega Ball 07.

This is the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland this year, following two Maryland jackpot wins in 2013 when an Anne Arundel County man won $189 million in October and a Mount Airy couple won $26 million in February. So far this year there have been four $1 million Mega Millions second-tier tickets sold in Maryland.

“Maryland was fortunate to have two jackpot winners last year. We are pleased to welcome the Mega Millions jackpot back to the state,” Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said in a news release. “A heartfelt congratulations to the Maryland Mega Millions winner.”

The Lottery encourages the ticket holder to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until he or she claims the prize. Winners have 182 days from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings and must do so in person at the Baltimore Claims Center at Lottery Headquarters at 1800 Washington Blvd.

The ticket holder isn’t the only one who wins; the retailer who sold the winning jackpot ticket will receive a $100,000 commission. The retailer that sold the second-tier winner will receive $1,000.

Mega Millions drawings can be seen Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:22 on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The multi-state game is sold in 45 states and jurisdictions.

Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded nearly $21 billion in prizes to players and $13.3 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com.