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Powerball Winners Claim Second-Largest Jackpot in Maryland History

Friday, January 6th, 2012
$128.8 Powerball Winners

$128.8 Million Prize Won on Christmas Eve

An excited Pennsylvania couple arrived at Lottery Headquarters today, accompanied by legal counsel, to claim their $128.8 million Powerball prize. The elated twosome, who chose to remain anonymous, had the only winning ticket for the Christmas Eve drawing. The couple’s Quick Pick Powerball numbers of 14, 16, 30, 51, 52 and Power Ball 19, matched all five white balls and the red Power Ball to win the second-largest jackpot ever hit in Maryland. A Baltimore County woman holds the record for the largest jackpot prize in the state with a $183 million Mega Millions win in 2003.

The lucky Lottery player walked into Wesley’s, a restaurant in Elkton, on Christmas Eve to purchase a case of beer and on his way out happened to see the Mega Millions and Powerball signs. “The Mega Millions jackpot was larger, but the drawing for Powerball was that evening, so I bought two tickets for that drawing,” said the nervous winner. His spur-of-the-moment purchase made for a-once-in-a-lifetime holiday season.

“I checked my tickets on Christmas day,” said the winner. “When I saw the numbers, I started stomping on the floor and shouted to my wife to come upstairs.” Thinking her husband had dropped something, she quickly ran upstairs to find the Powerball ticket in her husband’s shaking hands. “We were in shock,” she said. “At first, we thought we’d won $20 million. To discover it was over $125 million was unreal.”

The couple has not yet decided whether to take the $128.8 million annuity or the cash option of approximately $81 million. They intend to use some of the prize money to pay off their debts and give to charity. The ticket was purchased at Wesley’s, located at 3700 Telegraph Rd. in Elkton. Wesley’s will receive $25,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

Maryland joined Powerball two years ago and has produced two jackpot winners. The first Powerball jackpot won in Maryland was for $108.8 million and was claimed by an Abingdon couple in September 2011. There have also been 21 second-tier $200,000 Powerball winners since its arrival to the state. Three of these second-tier wins turned into $1 million prizes as a result of the Power Play option.

Beginning Sunday, January 15, 2012, the multi-state jackpot game will double its starting jackpot from $20 million to $40 million. In addition, the second-tier prize will rise from the current $200,000 to $1 million. If a player adds the Power Play option, the second-tier prize automatically doubles to $2 million. The ticket price also changes, moving from $1 to $2 for a single Powerball ticket. The first Powerball drawing under the new game structure will take place on Wednesday, January 18.

The multi-state Powerball game is played in 44 states and jurisdictions. Powerball drawings can be seen locally on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, Channel 11.

  • PAULETTA SMITH

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  • Bob

    why do you need a lawyer to claim the prize ??

  • Bob

    why do you need a lawyer to claim the prize ??

    • Anonymous

      Bob: It is not a requirement to have a lawyer present to claim a prize. You can find out more on how to claim here.

    • Anonymous

      Bob: It is not a requirement to have a lawyer present to claim a prize. You can find out more on how to claim here.

  • Anonymous

    Ddorothy: Thanks for writing in. We get this comment a lot. People living in Baltimore believe all the winners are elsewhere and vice versa. Truth is the geographic locations of our winners are all random. There is no way to predict where the winners will be. However, research tells us that more winners come from areas of the State in which more people are playing. Please take a look at our winners stories. There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

    In fact, Wayne Gray from Cumberland just won $100,000 playing Winner Wishes. You can read his story here.

  • eTradeBaby

    You realize the odds of winning are the same as being mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear in the same day. Oh wow… you didn’t win? I want to show you something. It’s my shocked face… WhooooaaaaAAA!!!!

  • eTradeBaby

    You realize the odds of winning are the same as being mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear in the same day. Oh wow… you didn’t win? I want to show you something. It’s my shocked face… WhooooaaaaAAA!!!!

  • Confused

    Angie Fay, 

    Glad to hear “you won” and that you stayed anonymous by using your name as your handle on this thread. :p

  • Confused

    Angie Fay, 

    Glad to hear “you won” and that you stayed anonymous by using your name as your handle on this thread. :p

  • Phoenixgodman

    They are staying anonymous because they don’t won’t beggers asking for money. I know if I won, I would stay anonymous. I don’t want people to know I won that kind of money.  Also, employee of the agency cannot play the lottery.  It’s in their contract, they can’t play.

  • doo

    Jack.  We all understand your frustration, but I would DEFINITELY remain anonymous also!

    • jack

      Thanks for the replies everybody and “good luck” to all of you.

      First, for the sake of transparency, the winner, if they’re the lucky one of 200 million, can put up with a little bit of hassle from long-lost relatives and former roommates (change your number, learn to say “no” etc.) After all, the McDonald’s security chief couldn’t technically play the Monopoly game either but somehow he got away with every Million dollar prize, a total of $24 million over 5 years!!!
       In a day and age when 18 year old hackers and foreign entities are breaking into sophisticated banking systems, government databases and even top secret military systems, transparency is of the utmost importance. Who says the online computer-based lottery games can’t be hacked? Releasing the name of a jackpot winner simply allows the public a way to verify that everything is above board.Secondly, lets be honest, the powerball and megamillion sell on average 200,000,000 tickets until there is a winner. When I did play, even if I played again, I wouldn’t win. 12 tickets won the powerball in 2011, 14 won the mega million from a combined 6 billion tickets sold. It’s almost like picking 26 people from the population of the world. 

      “good luck”

  • doo

    That’s right.  You have to practice the law of attraction and bring it to light.

  • Anonymous

    Jack: All Maryland Lottery winners, except for second-chance contest winners, have the choice as to whether they want to remain anonymous or have their name released. State Government Article (“SG”), §10-611 et seq. of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Public Information Act (“PIA”) governs the release of information by the State. The names of Lottery winners in Maryland may not be released without express written permission of that individual.

    Please take a look at our winner stories, and you will see that even with the non-jackpot winners, some winners agree to publicity and some do not.

    • jack

      Thanks for your reply. I believe this policy is ripe for abuse. Most other state lotteries do not allow anonymity for winners of large jackpots for this very reason.

      So if you insist on protecting the identity of the winner at the expense of the integrity of the game, I will act with my dollar and simply stop playing until transparency is taken seriously.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QWL5LDFGSHIJ6IVHPBKMI2CHMM newsjunkie

    CONGRATLATIONS!! and may God bless you always! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shirley-Thomas/100001370068496 Shirley Thomas

    wow the things i could do for myself my family friends and folks in need. my day is coming like it did for cynthia stafford. i believe



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