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Maryland family claims $26M Mega Millions lottery jackpot

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Winner chooses to remain anonymous

BALTIMORE, Md. — At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, before going to bed, a Mt. Airy, Maryland, man jokingly told his fiancée they were going to wake up as millionaires.  One hour later, while they were sound asleep, that premonition became a reality.

When the woman woke up the next morning, she went online to check her tickets and realized they were $26 million richer.  Before calling her fiancé, she had her daughter check the numbers on the ticket, too.

"I am still in denial," said the grandmother-of-two who chose to remain anonymous.  "I even drove by the store the next day to see if it was real.  One look at the parking lot with all the news vans and I knew it was true."

The lucky winner, who babysits her grandchildren, playfully told her daughter that she could no longer watch the kids — unless it was at the beach.  That's because the 48-year-old retiree plans to buy a beach house — or two.  "This will be the first time anyone from our family has ever owned a home," the winner told Lottery officials.  "There have been so many winners in Western Maryland lately, we're glad we were one of them."

To win the jackpot, the winner matched all five numbers, plus the Mega Ball.  After choosing the cash option, they will take home $12.6 million after taxes.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mt. Airy Shell, located at 649 Lakeview Dr. in Mt. Airy.  For selling the winning ticket, the retailer will receive a $26,000 commission.

This is the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland since three public education employees shared the $218.6 million portion of the record-breaking $656 million jackpot from March 2012.

The multi-state Mega Millions game is played in 44 states and jurisdictions.  Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The winning numbers are published minutes later at USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site devoted to the multi-state Mega Millions and Powerball games.

Press Release, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to the winners! Wow retired at 48 even before hitting the jackpot. I'm 48, where did I go wrong???

 

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    Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats to the winners! Wow retired at 48 even before hitting the jackpot. I'm 48, where did I go wrong???

     

    Bash

    You choose to live in New Hampshire.  LOL

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats to the lucky couple, I hope they enjoy a nice retirement.

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        Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

        Way to go!

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          Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

          You choose to live in New Hampshire.  LOL

          Lol! Gotta take the good with the bad though. It could be much worse, I could live in one of a few other neighboring states which will remain nameless.

          Green laugh

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            Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

            TwitchI SWEAR I WAS BORN IN THE WRONG STATE !!!! Twitch

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              Posted: February 21, 2013, 5:51 pm - IP Logged

              I sure wished that anonymous law would of passed in michigan...............worthless lawmakers!

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                Bondi Junction
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                Posted: February 21, 2013, 6:25 pm - IP Logged

                "I am still in denial," said the grandmother-of-two who chose to remain anonymous. 

                 

                Very wise move!

                We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                  Posted: February 21, 2013, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

                  Congratulation to the winner....Thumbs Up

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                    Posted: February 21, 2013, 6:59 pm - IP Logged

                    retired from a life of public service.

                    2014 winnings

                    JAN -$48.50;  FEB  -$77.5; MAR -$18.05;  APR -$96.05 MAY -$61.10; JUN $-85; JUL $-88.90; AUG -$144.10;  SEP - $127.30;

                    total tics= -$1194won= $375.15profit= -$819.25

                     

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                      Posted: February 21, 2013, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

                      Congrats to the lucky couple.

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                        Posted: February 21, 2013, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

                        I sure wished that anonymous law would of passed in michigan...............worthless lawmakers!

                        Really (except for here as well). It would be nice to find out you won and have no worries about claiming ASAP.

                         

                        Congrats to the winners, I'm sure being able to collect so soon made the win all that much sweeter.

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                          Posted: February 21, 2013, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

                          Really (except for here as well). It would be nice to find out you won and have no worries about claiming ASAP.

                           

                          Congrats to the winners, I'm sure being able to collect so soon made the win all that much sweeter.

                          I Agree! That's why I love living in Kansas you can stay Anonymous

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                            Posted: February 21, 2013, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

                            "48 year old retiree" lol.  must have already had lots of money if she was retired at 48.