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Maryland’s Mega Millions Winners Come Forward

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Mega Millions record-breaking jackpot winners cash in

The “Three Amigos” claim their part of record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot.

“Three Amigos” share $218.6 million record-breaking jackpot

The mystery has been solved: the Maryland Lottery’s winning Mega Millions ticket has been claimed.  The three friends, all of whom work in Maryland’s public education system, will share the $218.6 million portion of the record-breaking $656 million jackpot from March 30.

The winners, who referred to themselves as “The Three Amigos,” arrived at Lottery headquarters with their financial advisor and chose the cash option of $158 million.  After taxes, the winners will share $105 million, taking home just under $35 million each.

“We are thrilled that three such deserving Marylanders have won this money,” said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino.  “It’s gratifying to know that these individuals, who have given so much to the public through the years, have had this wonderful luck.  It couldn’t have happened to nicer people.”

The winners, a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and another woman in her 50s, opted to pool their money and purchase 20 tickets each, for a total of 60 tickets.  The youngest of the group held onto the tickets and checked them immediately following the drawing.  “I had all 60 tickets spread across my floor,” she said. “Once I realized one was a winner, I called my two friends right away.”

“That evening, I forgot about the drawing and went to sleep,” said one winner. “It was around 11:30 p.m., and my phone just kept ringing and ringing.  I finally decided to answer it, thinking something was wrong.”  Once she picked up, the two other winners were on the phone and said, “Get dressed.  We’re coming over right now.”

After discussing the win, the threesome came up with a plan. “We made copies of the ticket, and we each signed the copies,” said one of the women.  “At 1 a.m., I took the ticket and drove to my mother’s house to put it in her safe.  I didn’t even take time to pack any clothes — I just drove.”

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The “Amigos,” who each work multiple jobs, will continue to work for now. When asked if they had plans for their newfound fortune, their answers varied:  “I’m going to help my children with their college expenses, pay off my house and buy a house for my sister,” said the man.  “I plan on backpacking through Europe with my brother,” said one of the women.  “I’m going to go to Italy’s wine country,” the other woman chimed in.  “Most importantly,” she added, “we’re going to be careful with how the money is spent.  I watched coverage of the jackpot win on television all week, just so I could listen to the financial advice the professionals were offering.”

“Although these three have hit the jackpot-of-a-lifetime, everyone in the state wins,” Martino said. “As a result of the big Mega Millions win, Maryland will receive more than $13 million in additional tax revenue to support the good causes of the state.”  When told how much money will be going to the state, one of the winners, a school teacher, said, “I hope that some of the money goes to public education.”

So, does the lucky trio plan to celebrate together?  They all agreed, half-jokingly, that they will each get matching tattoos of the winning numbers. While there was lots of laughter at Lottery headquarters, the mood became serious as they grappled with the notion that they would be multi-millionaires in a matter of days.  “It’s so crazy that even celebrities are tweeting about this,” said one of them. “Even Britney Spears tweeted a congratulations message to the winners.”

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-11, located on 8014 Liberty Rd. in Milford Mill.  The retailer will receive a $100,000 agent bonus for selling the winning ticket.  Winning tickets were also sold in Kansas and Illinois.  The Kansas winner, who chose to remain anonymous, claimed the prize last week.  The Illinois winner has not yet come forward.

Two Maryland second-tier $250,000 tickets from that drawing remain unclaimed.  Those tickets were purchased at 7-11 on Beaver Dam Rd. in Timonium and Redner’s Warehouse Market on N. Fountain Green Rd. in Bel Air.

  • Darnellsomerville

    I’d love 100,00 -_-

  • cutty sark

     I must apologize to maryland lottery and its director for the previous comment. It should never have been posted and my sincere apology and regret is offered. I was not a witness to the meeting at lottery HQ with the Three Amigos and I have no grounds for cinjecture about what was said there. I am truly sorry for any discomfort this may have caused the individual person or the organization.

    My thinking was not clear due to my heightened anxiety over viewing so many comments which had been posted on various websites containing hateful and awful comments about Mirlande Wilson

  • cutty sark

    There are always some kooky people who claim to have bought the winning jackpot ticket. Carole Everett has spoken about the phenomenon.
    But only one person in Maryland was featured  by the New York Post in a headline grabbing expose following the March 30 Mega Millions jackpot draw.
    Reporters from more newspapers and TV stations were sent to the Liberty Road McDonalds to follow up the story, but the franchise owner had already posted burly private security officers to prevent any contact with employees at the location.

    Maryland Lottery hosted a press conference. When questioned about the sensational claims attributed to Liberty Road McDonalds franchise employee Ms. Wilson, MD Lottery issued coy denials – thus perpetuating the media fascination.

    Comment sections filled with hateful, cruel opinions laced with racist language and imagery.

    Did Maryland Lottery make an effort to disavow the crude and poisonous comments?

    On the contrary, Stephen Martino told us the Three Amigos indulged in some laughter over the woman’s plight.

    I find it hard to believe that any jackpot winner who is gracious and tactful would participate in laughter over this partricular topic. Maybe Stephen Martino thought he heard laughter of a mutually vile participation.

    Perhaps he misinterpreted the uneasy murmurings that were emmitted.  That was the embarrassed reaction of the fine public school workers upon hearing Martino inject an inappropriate and disgusting reference about Ms Wilson into the meeting at MD Lottery HQ. 

  • Anonymous

    I am very happy for them.  I’d keep teaching until I retired, if close to it. The others are teaching till the end of the year which shows class.

  • Anonymous

    I am very happy for them.  I’d keep teaching until I retired, if close to it. The others are teaching till the end of the year which shows class.



  • Anonymous

    Dougie: Keep in mind that winning tickets were sold in IL, KS and MD. The MD portion of the prize was $218 million before taxes and their choice of cash option over an annuity.

  • Anonymous

    Sharnelltaylor1123: Please take a look at our winners stories. There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

    In fact, just last summer a Temple Hills Woman won a second-chance cruise playing Cruise for Cash.

  • Anonymous

    Sharnelltaylor1123: Please take a look at our winners stories. There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

    In fact, just last summer a Temple Hills Woman won a second-chance cruise playing Cruise for Cash.

  • Gthom65690

    Every one is happy for the winners especially MSDE staff. Enen though they are anonymous – GO Maryland!

  • Cobygwyn

    May God continue to bless these winners and their families. Great that u decided to stay anonymous.

  • Bridrob

    Im glad that three people as deserving as teachers won this money!  God knows they are so underpaid for what they do!! Congrats!!