Due to the holiday, The Maryland Lottery offices and Claim Centers will be closed on Monday, February 20th and will reopen Tuesday, February 21st.

Long-distance Mega Millions Win for Baltimore Player

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Darlene Adkins - Mega MillionsWhen players from Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore or the state’s southern counties visit Lottery Headquarters in Baltimore to claim big cash prizes they’ve traveled as much as 100 or 150 miles to get here.  Darlene Adkins laughs at that measly 150 mile trip – she just completed a 6,000 mile odyssey to claim a $250,000 Mega Millions prize.

Darlene arrived at the claim center yesterday with a Mega Millions winner that Lottery officials have been wondering about for months, since February to be exact.  She bought her ticket at the Olympic News Stand at BWI on her way out of the country. “I rarely play, I just had a feeling so the last thing I did before getting on the plane was get a ticket,” she told officials.  Darlene is a teacher in the Middle East and, as lottery websites are not available in the country where she works, it wasn’t until well after the February 15th drawing that she realized that she’d won.  “When I found out, I couldn’t believe it, what a blessing.”

She kept her winning Mega Millions ticket with her passport and made plans to come home to claim as soon as she could fit it in to her school schedule.  “It took two months, and it was tough to wait because I wanted to confirm it – I really didn’t completely believe it was true.”  She’ll be back on a plane this week, but Darlene has plenty to occupy her mind on the long flight.  This win will be the second-biggest event of 2011 for her – she will be getting married later this year.  “This will help us get off to a really good start.”

  • tylshina

    I`m Very Happy For You Wishin U A Happy Weddin……Wishin That I Could Be That Blessed!!!!

  • 4HIMilive

    To You and the Priest of your household, may this the first of the smallest Blessings in your lives!!And may GOD’s praises ‘continuously be in your mouths’

  • Erin

    Congrats!!! I been tryin to win something for a long time….. Me and my 3 kids need a car badly.

  • Johnnie Dallas

    Can I borrow some money for rent

  • gloria

    wtg i’m next for a windstorm of blessing.put god first!enjoy be happy.

  • Katrina

    God Bless you!!! Have a happy life.

  • Sheila

    Congratulations Darlene ~ now you can have the wedding of your dreams. Hope you have a many more blessings.

  • Sunshine

    Congrats!!!!!mines is around the corner-enjoy

  • india

    that is definitely a huge blessing! should make for a nice wedding 🙂

  • Eric frank

    that tells us one thing destiny is real it was your turn take it give thanks and enjoy.
    you are on the right path.

  • learn

    congrats. You have truly been blessed. Stay positive

  • luckyx3

    Congrats! I am still trying for the big one here on the eastern shore. I have been blessed with a few wins the past two months but nothing this big.

    Have fun and congrats!

  • john

    God Bless you Darlene. You deserve it. I wish you a happy marriage.