Second Stop for Mega Millions Tickets Leads Lucky Winner to Big Payday

Andrew Diefes of Edgewater landed a $20,000 Mega Millions prize in the July 29 drawing.

Anne Arundel County resident wins $20,000 Mega Millions prize

Andrew Diefes had already bought a few Lottery tickets on July 29, but with the Mega Millions jackpot having surged past $1 billion for that night’s drawing, he had a feeling that led him to make a stop to buy a few more.

To say the least, that feeling paid off.

That second stop for tickets ended up delivering a $20,000 Mega Millions prize for the 47-year-old Edgewater resident, as one of the lines on his quick-pick ticket matched four of the five white balls and the yellow Mega Ball number. Andrew added the Megaplier option to the ticket, which doubled the $10,000 third-tier prize to $20,000.

“I was very happy and excited, I couldn’t believe it,” said Andrew, who works in sales, adding that he doesn’t yet have firm plans for the prize money. He made that second stop for tickets which landed the lucky $20,000 prize at the 7-Eleven store located at 4450 Solomon’s Island Road in Harwood.

His ticket was one of eight third-tier winners sold in Maryland for the July 29 Mega Millions drawing. The remaining seven lucky players each won $10,000. A jackpot roll that lasted more than three months came to an end that night with a jackpot-winning ticket worth $1.337 billion sold in Illinois.