$640M Mega Millions jackpot hit in Maryland
Winning ticket sold in Baltimore County
A winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill (Yvonne Wenger / March 31, 2012)
The lucky ticket was purchased around 7:15 p.m. Friday at a 7-Eleven in Baltimore County in the 8000 block of Liberty Road in Milford Mill. The winner bought one ticket with randomly selected numbers just a few hours before sales ended.
The jackpot is considered the single largest in world history, according to lottery officials. The Maryland winner will split the prize with winners in Kansas and Illinois, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Officials are also waiting for information on jackpot winners from other Mega Millions states. Carole Everett, a Maryland Lottery spokeswoman, said there were additional jackpot winners from other states, but it was not yet clear how many and where. There were four, $250,000 winners in Maryland as well.
"Unfortunately, they're going to have to deal with sharing a $640 million jackpot," she said. Everett said no winner has yet come forward for the Maryland ticket. The winning store will get $100,000.
The multi-state Mega Millions game is played in 44 states and jurisdictions, including Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Last night’s winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23. The Illinois Lottery says a grand prize ticket was sold at a store in Red Bud, Ill., near St. Louis, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The store that sold the ticket was a mob scene early Saturday, with national press and curious onlookers gathered in the parking lot. Several satellite trucks have set up with lights and cameras.
Rodney Gould, who lives a five minute walk from the store, stopped by to buy some Hall's cough drops without realizing that the store had sold a historic ticket. He grabbed his chest and sighed when he heard.
"I should have purchased that ticket," he said. Gould bought a ticket at the 7-11 on Thursday.
“This is truly remarkable and historic,” said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said in a statement. “We can’t wait to greet the winner of this world-record setting jackpot.”
Maryland has been the site of several major lottery wins in recent years.
In December, the restaurant and liquor store Wesley's in Elkton sold a $125 million winning Powerball ticket. In 2007, Mace Liquors in Essex sold a $26 million Mega Millions winning ticket. That same year, Walther Liquors in Nottingham sold a $330 million Mega Millions winning ticket to Ellwood August "Bunky" Bartlett and his wife, Denise.