A lottery fan from Maryland, USA, has won $40,000 after years of playing both the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries.
The Maryland man, from Upper Marlboro, told lottery officials that he got quite a jolt when he found out that he’d won big on his Mega Millions ticket for the drawing on January 26th. The lottery player said that he checked his ticket on a self-service ticket scanner at a store close to his home, when the screen directed him to talk to a store employee. A Calgary woman also had to ask the help of a store clerk when she checked her Lotto Max ticket and revealed a $1 million prize.
The shop clerk scanned the ticket again, and the Mega Millions winner said that he was just as shocked when the machine showed the same message. “I asked him to print out the winning numbers and he did,” said the former military man, adding that together with the staff member, he studied the Mega Millions numbers and soon realised that his Quick Pick ticket had won $40,000. Recently a Maryland Powerball prize was claimed by a resident of Pennsylvania.
“We were figuring $40,000 but we weren’t sure,” said the Mega Millions winner, adding that he spent the next day trying to figure out exactly how much he’d won, including calculating how much tax might be withdrawn. Then, he told his wife about the big lottery win, cautioning her not to celebrate until they’d claimed the prize and got the money in the bank. He’s not the first military retiree to win big on the lottery, as recently a retired Army Veteran from Louisiana won $1 million on the Mega Millions, and a former US marine, also from Maryland, won $50,000 on the Bonus Match 5 lottery.
“Then we’ll celebrate,” he told Maryland Lottery officials when he attended headquarters in Baltimore. The lucky winner plans to use his Mega Millions prize to pay off some of his car loan. “Spend a little bit, and invest a little bit,” the winner said. A student from England recently won £1 million on the EuroMillions and was able to pay off all of his student debts.
The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold from Marlboro Liquors on Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, and the military retiree was the only Maryland winner of the third-tier prize, alongside 11 others across the USA.
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