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The Maryland Lottery announced Tuesday that late last week the Maryland ticket holder of the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot quietly claimed the prize.
The Marylander bought one of the two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing. 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.
The Maryland winner, who opted to remain anonymous as permitted by Maryland law, said in a news release, “You have to play to win.”
The winning ticket was sold at Lady’s Liquors at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata.
The winner added, “You have to play your lucky numbers.”
Frank Levy of Waldorf was playing lottery games Tuesday at Holiday Liquor in Waldorf when he learned of the Maryland winner having claimed the Mega Millions prize.
Levy said it is a good idea to stay anonymous when the prize is so big. “You don’t want everyone to know your business,” he said. Two women who were nearby agreed with Levy.
Carole Everett, Maryland Lottery communications director, said Maryland is one of a handful of states that allow winners to remain anonymous.
She said it depends on the individual to release their name.
“We frequently see winners who choose to remain anonymous, but we encourage our winners to embrace their winning moment by sharing their face and name with the public,” Everett said.
She said the public likes to be able to put a face with the news that someone has won.
The ticket holder isn’t the only one who wins. For selling the winning ticket, Lady’s Liquors receives a $100,000 commission.
The store’s manager, Jayvir Jhala, said Tuesday there is nothing wrong with the winner wanting to stay anonymous. He said he is happy for the person, and he has no clue who it is.
Since the news broke that the winning ticket was sold there, Jhala said he has seen lottery business pick up at the liquor store.