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.

  • Johngallier1979

    i too work for the school system, single dad barely making it as a janitor for the school system… taking donations, thanks and god bless! johngallier1979@aol.com

  • Johngallier1979

    i too work for the school system, single dad barely making it as a janitor for the school system… taking donations, thanks and god bless! johngallier1979@aol.com

  • Anonymous

    congratulations to all of the 3 winners.I am so happy that it happen to you guys and that Marytland was one of the winners. To maryland state lottery board & employees  Congrads for the awesome job of handing the situlation and the crazy rummors . it was totally Awesome the way it was handle  Awesome Job Maryland lottery !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YAACFSD7EYA4U4KDFR7UQ2YEME Putri

    Congrats to the winners! I’m a part-time student here in Baltimore would like to open an organic grocery store in my country and continue to study master in environmental economics. I need approximately $200,000 to start the business because I want to build a proper life for the farmers and the community also. I hope the winners read this and kindly want to help me. Please email me at feedee_cyann@yahoo.com. We can discuss the plans later. Thanks

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YAACFSD7EYA4U4KDFR7UQ2YEME Putri

    Congrats to the winners! I’m a part-time student here in Baltimore would like to open an organic grocery store in my country and continue to study master in environmental economics. I need approximately $200,000 to start the business because I want to build a proper life for the farmers and the community also. I hope the winners read this and kindly want to help me. Please email me at feedee_cyann@yahoo.com. We can discuss the plans later. Thanks

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TRDLNMJNRJTPG5BYREAOCRHKAM beverlyb

      you need to stop, they have family that need the help. you are a stranger and the nerve of you to ask for that amount. you are crazy like that haitan woman

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TRDLNMJNRJTPG5BYREAOCRHKAM beverlyb

      you need to stop, they have family that need the help. you are a stranger and the nerve of you to ask for that amount. you are crazy like that haitan woman

    • Jakii22

      …no.    ….really?..are u a lobotomy patient?
      …..this is OBVIOUSLY  a joke…if not, u need to be slapped into reality.

    • Gettinmoney1969

      Well i only need 20000 been unemployed for sometime just started back working in debt…the winners or anyone can email me at gettinmoney1969@yahoo.com any donation will be much appreciated…….all blessings be to GOD

    • Gettinmoney1969

      Well i only need 20000 been unemployed for sometime just started back working in debt…the winners or anyone can email me at gettinmoney1969@yahoo.com any donation will be much appreciated…….all blessings be to GOD

  • Anonymous

    Bdavid2400: Lottery director Martino cleared this up during the press conference. What initially looked like a single quick pick purchase in our system was actually a ticket with multiple games on it. We apologize for the confusion.

  • Anonymous

    Bdavid2400: Lottery director Martino cleared this up during the press conference. What initially looked like a single quick pick purchase in our system was actually a ticket with multiple games on it. We apologize for the confusion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234751726 Wanda Pinckney Spencer

    So that B’more woman was just plain crazy ? Glad it was folks who can appreciate it .

  • RachelB

    sure the teachers will give something back to the communities in which they worked…. bless them!

  • Mella

    I’m so glad that the money goes to deserving, selfless people.  It’s a real-life fairytale!  

  • K-Boogie

    I’m elated the winners were individuals that could really use the money and after ready there winning story I’m most certain they will do well with the money.  They are definitely on the right track with financial advice and more importantly seem humble to their blessing.  If I can give advice it would be to “Remain Humble.”

  • Sarita720

    Spend it.wisely

  • Becky0515

    Hahaha..they need to buy that lying lady a one way ticket to Haiti.
    Congrats to the three Amigos!

    • Chachou101

      Haitian myself i like this one!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chachou101

      Haitian myself i like this one!!!!!!!!!!

  • Msbernard123

    I knew that woman in westport was lying.now she needs a new job.

  • Michael4678

    So happy someone from the school system won. My mom retired from Baltimore city school last year. Congrats to the winners. 

  • Brian

    I thought the ticket was sold in randalstown?

  • cha-ching

    It is pretty sad.   656 million dollars and you get 105 million out of it to split.  I believe lottery should be tax exempt.  You can’t claim your losses but they sure want a piece of your winnings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Orlando-Songwrites/1378690966 Orlando Songwrites

      remember there were 2 other winners in other places they got 1/3 of the 656 then they took the taxes

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Franklin/100002908485965 James Franklin

        They don’t take out all of the Federal taxes you will owe either. Plan on paying a full 35% in federal taxes even though I think they only withhold 28% at the time they pay the win out.

    • Koolkat523

      That sound like greed it does not matter if taxes is taking out its life and uncle sam do not play I would be happy for what I got thats a blessing to come from nothing to something Its not 1 million Its 105 million after the split Its 35 million each that alot  …

  • Mo2128 Mm

    Congrats to them, but even better that lady from McDonalds didn’t win!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684365765 Toni ToniToni

    How awesome! Love that it happened to 3 teachers! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • http://twitter.com/wlm2009 Sweety

    Thank you Lord it was not that crazy azz woman.  Much happiness to these individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping our children have a better future.



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