A Maryland resident is $1 million richer this week, but chances are that they don’t even know it yet as the prized money has not yet been claimed from lottery officials.
The Mega Millions player matched all of the five main numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions draw, missing only the Mega Ball which would have won them the jackpot. Instead, however, they will take home the second tier prize from that evening’s draw, as soon as they show up at lottery headquarters.
The winning ticket was sold at the Washington Mart store on Crain Highway in the Waldorf area of Maryland, and matched the five numbers 16, 29, 46, 48 and 55. The store will receive a bonus for selling a winning ticket, thought to be around $2,500.
Whoever the winner is, they will have 182 days to claim their prize from Maryland lottery headquarters in Baltimore, after which the money that they could have won will go back into the Mega Millions prize fund for the next draw. However, despite us waiting on the edge of our seat for the winner to come forward, Maryland is one of only six states that do not require lottery winners to disclose their names.
This winner will have the right, if they want to, to stay anonymous after they have made their claim, or if they decide to allow officials to release their identity to the public then they will be able to refuse to speak to the press or to give any further information about themselves. According to lottery officials, around 25 percent of winners in the state decide to go public.
The Mega Millions winner is advised by lottery officials to sign the back of their ticket as soon as possible, before putting it in a safe place while they consult legal and financial advisors. Then, lottery officials invite the winner to come forward and claim their prize once they have all of their affairs in order. The Mega Millions lottery is played across 43 states as well as in the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
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