2 Winning Tickets — 1 Sold in Maryland — in $414M Mega Millions Jackpot
UPDATED: 12:09 p.m. March 19, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (WNEW/AP) — If you purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Maryland, check your numbers — you may be splitting a $414 million jackpot.
Lottery officials say two tickets purchased in Maryland and Florida matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night.
The winning numbers are: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.
Maryland lottery officials say the winning ticket sold in the state was purchased at Lady’s Liquor in La Plata, and the winning numbers were manually picked by the winner. The retailer who sold the winning jackpot ticket will receive $100,000.
“Maryland was fortunate to have two jackpot winners last year. We are pleased to welcome the Mega Millions jackpot back to the state,” said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. “A heartfelt congratulations to the Maryland Mega Millions winner.”
In Maryland, the winner has 182 days to claim the prize and can do so anonymously.
The jackpot is the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, with a lump-sum option of $230.9 million. After taxes, each winner will take home $76.4 million.
Florida lottery officials say their winning ticket was sold at a Sunoco convenience store on Florida’s Space Coast.
In Florida, the winner has 180 days, and his or her name and city of residence will be released by lottery officials. The Florida winner must claim the prize at the state lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. That winner’s ticket was sold in Merritt Island, just south of Cape Canaveral. The retailer there receives a $100,000 bonus, Shelly Gerteisen of the state lottery said in an email.
Lottery officials say a winning $1 million ticket also was sold in Maryland. That ticket — which matched five numbers but missed on the Mega Ball — was sold at Waterbury Liquors in Crownsville, located in Anne Arundel County. The retailer that sold the second-tier winner will receive $1,000.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots. The game is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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