Joppa Man Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

Second-tier win one of four in record-breaking $656 million jackpot drawing

Although the Harford County resident missed winning the historic jackpot by just one number, he couldn’t have been more excited to be $250,000 richer. He discovered his good fortune when he went into work after the drawing and someone was calling out the winning Mega Millions numbers — and the Mega Ball 23. He happened to glance at his ticket and then immediately went to check to see if what he heard was correct. “I was in shock I couldn’t believe it,” the 47-year-old said. He had and the Mega Ball 22.

He then emphasized the fact that he didn’t miss the jackpot by just one number, but by just one digit, having Mega Ball 22 instead of Mega Ball 23. “I must have looked at that ticket at least 30 times since then,” he said.

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On his list of things to do with the $250,000, there is only one intention — to pay off his house. “I’m still in shock,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll believe it until the money is in the bank.” Once that deposit is made, the happy winner will share his good news with just one person. “I’ll tell my mom,” he said with a smile.

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-11, located at 4918 Harford Rd. in Baltimore City.

Three other second-tier $250,000 winning tickets were sold in Maryland for that drawing. Those tickets were sold in Timonium, Bel Air and Hagerstown. Winning jackpot tickets were sold in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois. The winning jackpot ticket sold in Maryland was purchased at 7-11, located on 8014 Liberty Rd. in Milford Mill. That ticket remains unclaimed. Winners have 182 days from the drawing date to claim their prizes.

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