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Maryland Couple Claims $109 Million Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot

Apr 20, 2004, 2:09 pm

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Mega MillionsMega Millions: Maryland Couple Claims $109 Million Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot

$109 million jackpot second largest ever in Maryland

Maryland State Lottery officials today announced the winners of the $109 million, multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot, the second-largest award ever in Maryland.

Wheaton residents Miguel and Maria Bonilla, who won the April 9 drawing, have elected to receive the winnings as a lump sum of $62,163,496.64. After state and federal taxes, the Bonillas will get nearly $42 million.

Miguel Bonilla, a construction worker, purchased the lottery ticket at the Kensington Market at 10251 Kensington Parkway, where he stops nearly every day to buy coffee and a sandwich. The store will receive a $25,000 commission for selling the ticket.

The Bonillas' winning numbers, chosen as a "quick pick," were 2, 8, 10, 11, 23 and Mega Ball 40. They beat 135 million-to-1 odds to win.

"I kept forgetting to look at my tickets, even after someone from work told me that the winning ticket was purchased at Kensington Market, where I bought mine," Miguel Bonilla said in a statement. "I didn't really believe that I had won until we came to the lottery, and it is still very surprising and breathtaking."

Said Buddy Roogow, director of the Maryland State Lottery: "The best part of my job is presenting awards to our winners. It is extremely gratifying when it is such a large jackpot, and I have the pleasure of giving it to people as nice as the Bonillas."

Miguel Bonilla has worked at Miller-Long Concrete Construction for the past 18 years, lottery officials said. He met his wife Maria, currently employed by the Montgomery County public school system, on a bus while commuting to Washington, D.C.

The Bonillas, originally from El Salvador, moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago, according to lottery officials. They said they plan to use the money for their children's education and to visit relatives in Australia.

This was the second time in less than a year that a Maryland resident has won the Mega Millions jackpot. Bernadette Gietka of Baldwin won a $183 million jackpot in June 2003, the largest ever won in Maryland.

Eleven states participate in the Mega Millions jackpot, including Maryland, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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small town USA
United States
Member #2481
October 8, 2003
225 Posts

wonder why mega millions only have 11 states playing their lottery,and power ball has i think 28 states playing, with Maine coming into play this summer!.

    Todd's avatar - Cylon 200.jpg
    Chief Bottle Washer
    New Jersey
    United States
    Member #1
    May 31, 2000
    26009 Posts

    Because Mega Millions has the biggest, most populous states, and Powerball has smaller, sparsely-populated states (for the most part).


    Check the State Lottery Report Card
    What grade did your lottery earn?


    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

      rock_nc's avatar - Lottery-017.jpg
      small town USA
      United States
      Member #2481
      October 8, 2003
      225 Posts

      thanks todd,i was wondering why one had more than the other one.

        DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg
        Yinzer Country, PA
        United States
        Member #4067
        March 18, 2004
        2741 Posts

        if mega millions has the more popular states involved, then should we expect california or florida joining soon?

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          United States
          Member #379
          June 5, 2002
          11296 Posts

          Not FL, since Jeb Bush kept FL out of Powerball.