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Winner wishes to remain anonymous
The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in Maryland history was quietly claimed late last week, the Maryland Lottery reported Tuesday morning. And the winner wishes to remain anonymous.
The lucky Marylander bought one of the two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot. A Florida couple last week claimed the second ticket, which was sold in their state.
The jackpot gave the Maryland and Florida ticket holders, before taxes, $115.5 million each through the cash option selected by the winners. After taxes, the Maryland winner receives $76.4 million.
“You have to play to win,” the lucky Marylander exclaimed, borrowing the slogan used by the Lottery several years ago. “You have to play your lucky numbers.”
“We are pleased that Maryland, once again, was home to a Mega Millions jackpot winner,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, said in a news release. “Everyone benefits when a winning jackpot ticket is sold in Maryland. This jackpot win gave the state of Maryland some welcome and unanticipated tax revenue.”
That “unanticipated tax revenue” amounts to more than $10.1 million, thanks to the cash option.
The winning ticket came from Lady’s Liquors at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata. For selling the winning ticket, the retailer receives a $100,000 agent bonus.
This marks the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland this year, following two jackpot wins in 2013 when an Anne Arundel County man claimed the $189 million prize in October and a Mount Airy couple won $26 million in February. Maryland saw its largest jackpot win in history in March 2012 when three winners claimed a $218.6 million prize.