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Bunky the lottery winner claims his prize

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Bunky the lottery winner claims his prize

Bunky has officially claimed his bread.

Maryland's latest jackpot winner, Ellwood August "Bunky" Bartlett, claimed his share of the $330 million Mega Millions winnings at lottery headquarters in Baltimore yesterday afternoon. The soon-to-be retired Dundalk accountant was greeted by Maryland Lottery Director Buddy W. Roogow.

"This is Bunky Bartlett, our new Mega Millions winner," Roogow announced to reporters. Bartlett was one of four jackpot winners. The other three winning tickets were purchased in New Jersey, Virginia and Texas.

Bartlett announced over the weekend that he had a winning ticket, which was purchased at Walther Liquors in Nottingham by his wife, Denise. Bartlett handed over the ticket to lottery officials, and in seconds the machine validated it. Only problem: Bartlett had left his license and Social Security card outside in his car. Roogow laughed and said that wouldn't be a problem. (Bartlett later produced his identification.)

Bartlett, 40, declared his intent to take a lump sum of about $48.6 million, or $32.6 million after taxes, rather than an annuity, which would pay him $3.7 million a year until 2032. Lottery officials said the winner would receive his check in seven to 10 days.

Bartlett said he won't live extravagantly. He'll still shop at Wal-Mart and eat at McDonalds, he said, and has no plans to give away the money outside of family.

The Wicca devotee has also said he wants to help improve a New Age gift shop he considers his spiritual home and focus on teaching. Wicca is a nature-based religion.

Bartlett, flanked by his son, Ryan, 21, and daughter, Ashley, 18, was calm about his huge windfall, but he acknowledged, "When we read off the numbers, I did scream a little, and I did tear up."

Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett, shown at the Mystickal Voyage shop in Nottingham, says he's already planning how to spend the money.

Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett from Dundalk is shown at the Maryland Lottery with his children, Ashley, 18, and Ryan, 21, where he got his ticket verified. Also pictured is Lottery Director Buddy Roogow.

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Posted: September 5, 2007, 8:51 am - IP Logged

You go Bunky !!!  Enjoy !!!!!

Easy on the Mickey D's though......

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: September 5, 2007, 12:37 pm - IP Logged

    Great work Bunky!  How do you go from a name of August, to Bunky?

    I love that first pic.  He looks about ready to burst!

      konane's avatar - wallace
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      Posted: September 5, 2007, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

      Huge congratulations Bunky and family!!!!!!  Party

      I just want to know what kind of spell he used to win.   ROFL

      Good luck to everyone!

        Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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        Posted: September 5, 2007, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to Bunky! Hopefully, my turn is next!Big Grin

        Gonna win.Big Smile


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          Posted: September 5, 2007, 6:17 pm - IP Logged

          OH PLEASE!!! looking at people like this that are lottery winners makes me wonder more and more this lottery is FIXED!!!!!!!

            Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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            Posted: September 5, 2007, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

            OH PLEASE!!! looking at people like this that are lottery winners makes me wonder more and more this lottery is FIXED!!!!!!!

            LOL, a little sad and jealous we didn't win the jackpot are we? Ya, you didn't win so they must have rigged it! They rigged it so all those balls would come out so Bunky would be the winner!Green laugh

            Gonna win.Big Smile

              justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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              Posted: September 5, 2007, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

              Good for you Bunky!  Congrats and good luck! 

              (can't help it, but every time I see his pic I think of that movie Animal House)

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                Posted: September 5, 2007, 7:05 pm - IP Logged

                You go bunkster....

                Good luck in your lifestyle...

                                                             

                                                               " You can not control the Wind, but you can direct the Sail "

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                  Posted: September 5, 2007, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

                  OH PLEASE!!! looking at people like this that are lottery winners makes me wonder more and more this lottery is FIXED!!!!!!!

                  Aw come on, looks has nothing to do with luck......!

                                                               

                                                                 " You can not control the Wind, but you can direct the Sail "

                    Litebets27's avatar - power
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                    Posted: September 5, 2007, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

                    Congratulations to Bunky and his family. Good luck to them all.

                    (Now let me win the Multi-Match tonightLepPumpkin)

                    litebets

                    Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                    Come on Jackpot!!!

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                      Posted: September 5, 2007, 7:17 pm - IP Logged

                      Bunky has officially claimed his bread.

                      Maryland's latest jackpot winner, Ellwood August "Bunky" Bartlett, claimed his share of the $330 million Mega Millions winnings at lottery headquarters in Baltimore yesterday afternoon. The soon-to-be retired Dundalk accountant was greeted by Maryland Lottery Director Buddy W. Roogow.

                      "This is Bunky Bartlett, our new Mega Millions winner," Roogow announced to reporters. Bartlett was one of four jackpot winners. The other three winning tickets were purchased in New Jersey, Virginia and Texas.

                      Bartlett announced over the weekend that he had a winning ticket, which was purchased at Walther Liquors in Nottingham by his wife, Denise. Bartlett handed over the ticket to lottery officials, and in seconds the machine validated it. Only problem: Bartlett had left his license and Social Security card outside in his car. Roogow laughed and said that wouldn't be a problem. (Bartlett later produced his identification.)

                      Bartlett, 40, declared his intent to take a lump sum of about $48.6 million, or $32.6 million after taxes, rather than an annuity, which would pay him $3.7 million a year until 2032. Lottery officials said the winner would receive his check in seven to 10 days.

                      Bartlett said he won't live extravagantly. He'll still shop at Wal-Mart and eat at McDonalds, he said, and has no plans to give away the money outside of family.

                      The Wicca devotee has also said he wants to help improve a New Age gift shop he considers his spiritual home and focus on teaching. Wicca is a nature-based religion.

                      Bartlett, flanked by his son, Ryan, 21, and daughter, Ashley, 18, was calm about his huge windfall, but he acknowledged, "When we read off the numbers, I did scream a little, and I did tear up."

                      Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett, shown at the Mystickal Voyage shop in Nottingham, says he's already planning how to spend the money.

                      Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett from Dundalk is shown at the Maryland Lottery with his children, Ashley, 18, and Ryan, 21, where he got his ticket verified. Also pictured is Lottery Director Buddy Roogow.

                      Hey Bunky !

                          " Bartlett's Home Improvment " would like to congratulate you on your winning ticket!!!!!! We would also like a shot at building you a new custom home. We're a small company , but we can handle big jobs! How about giving us a chance??? Besides , we're family.

                       

                                                                                                                                      Take Care ,

                                                                                                                                 Elwood C. Bartlett (Butch)

                                                                                                                                 William D. Bartlett (Billy)

                                                                                                                                  443-413-3742

                        wpb's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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                        Posted: September 5, 2007, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

                        Good for Bunky! I hope he has a great life!

                        wpb

                          pidwilli's avatar - TheChosen
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                          Posted: September 5, 2007, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

                          Hey...I was thinking the same thing...lol

                           

                          Congrats Bunky, looks like a nice guy...

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                            Posted: September 5, 2007, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

                            So please tell me, where do I sign up for Wiccan lessons???

                            (just kidding JC, just kidding! hold back the lightning bolts...)