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Mitchellville Man Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

Donato Floriza - PowerballDonato Floriza loves the Maryland Lottery’s Mega Millions and Powerball games. “I’ve played since the games began here in Maryland,” said the former Navy and Army Corps of Engineers employee with a grin. Although Donato lives near D.C., he says that he is a Marylander at heart.

Tuesday morning, after dropping his wife and son off at work, Donato bought a $5 Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket and some Powerball tickets. The next day, the 63-year-old went to Kentland Shell, where he had made his Lottery purchases, to check his Mega Millions ticket.

“I tried to play it cool because there were people in the place,” said the lucky winner after finding out that he was $250,000 richer. Donato didn’t reveal his good fortune to his wife and son until arriving home. “The whole drive home she talked about paying bills, only to get in the house after the ride and see yet another bill on the table,” said Donato.

This was the perfect time to tell his wife of 23 years the good news.  While at first she was rendered speechless, she than asked him how much they had won and began making lots of plans. “We should do this and we should do that,” Donato said with a smile when recounting his wife’s response.

Predictably, the father-of-two intends to pay bills with his windfall and will also use some for a Father’s Day celebration. The winning ticket was purchased at Kentland Shell, located at 7777 Landover Rd in Prince George’s County.

$250K Mega Millions Winner

Mega MillionsOn Tuesday, June 1 one lucky Maryland Lottery player became a 2nd tier Mega Millions winner. The winning ticket was sold at Kentland Shell in Landover, MD.  If you were in the area, check your tickets to see if you were the big winner.

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $266 Million

Mega MillionsAlong with the temperature outside, the Mega Millions jackpot continues to rise.  No one hit Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot which now raises the stakes to $266 million for tomorrow night’s drawing. Even though there were no jackpot winners, four Marylanders won the $10,000 third-tier prize. So far this year, there have been 13 second-tier $250,000 winners and 50 third-tier $10,000 winners.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was $390 million in March 2007. The biggest jackpot hit in Maryland, $183 million, was won in June 2003 by Bernadette Gietka, from Baltimore County.  Just a few years ago, Bunky Bartlett from Dundalk, was one of four people nationwide to split the $330 million Mega Millions jackpot, taking home a prize of $82.5 million.

The multi-state Mega Millions game is currently played in 39 states, including Maryland. The Mega Millions drawing can be seen on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, channel 11.

Group of Federal Co-Workers Win Second-Tier Mega Millions Prize

Sixteen Winners Split $250,000

Mega MillionsIt’s been a few years since a group of 16 Federal Employees have been playing Mega Millions. They purchase tickets once the jackpot grows to over $100 million. They’ve won a little here and there, but on Friday, April 23rd, they won the second-tier prize of $250,000.

The group designated one person to purchase the tickets and he has established a clever way to reveal if the group has won or not. “Well, I designed a spreadsheet.  When I input the winning numbers, it will automatically show if we have won,” he said. “The screen will turn colors.” And, that is what happened when he checked the computer last Saturday. He then called and e-mailed all of the group members.  The group includes 12 men and four women.

Three winners from the group claimed this week. Each member will receive $10,273 after taxes. Some of the winnings will be used towards their children’s education and vacations. The winning ticket was purchased at Harwood Convenience Store located at 6641 Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, Maryland.

The Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow.  Tonight’s jackpot is $224 million.

Big Week of Payouts for Maryland Lottery Players

Five Prizes Remain Unclaimed

It all started last Monday, April 19th when one lucky Marylander matched all six Multi-Match numbers to take home the $700,000 jackpot.  The winning continued all week long, culminating with Saturday’s midday Pick 4 drawing producing 8-8-8-8, which paid out $5.9 million.  In between, Maryland continued its winning streak selling a number of tickets worth large prizes, many of which remain unclaimed. Powerball produced its first two second-tier $200,000 winning tickets; there was a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions prize; and another Multi-Match jackpot prize, this time worth $500,000.

The following tickets remain unclaimed:

  • Monday, April 19th: $700,000 Multi-Match ticket
    • Sterling Liquors in Dundalk
  • Wednesday, April 21st: Two $200,000 second-tier Powerball tickets
    • Big Elk Liquors in Elkton
    • Belby Discount Beer & Wine in Rockville
  • Thursday, April 22nd: $500,000 Multi-Match ticket
    • Hungerford Beer & Wine in Rockville
  • Friday, April 23rd: $250,000 Mega Millions ticket
    • Harwood Convenience Store in Elkridge

Players have 182 days to claim their prizes.  The Lottery urges all winners to sign the back of their tickets.  For winning numbers and more information, visit mdlottery.com.

Jackpot Fever Invades Maryland

Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses $100 Million; Powerball Jackpot Exceeds $200 Million Mark

PB_MM_play both in MDWith tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot at $143 million and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot standing at  $252 million, there is a lot of “If I win…” chatter swirling around Maryland.

Mega Millions has been a mainstay of the Maryland Lottery since 1996 when it debuted under the Big Game moniker. The game has produced its share of big jackpot winners in Maryland.  The largest win in Maryland was $183 million, which was won in June 2003 by Bernadette Gietka, from Baltimore County. Perhaps the best known Marylander to win Mega Millions was Dundalk resident Bunky Bartlett, who was one of four people nationwide to win the $330 million Mega Millions jackpot in August 2007. He took home a prize of $82.5 million.

The Maryland Lottery’s newest jackpot game, Powerball, arrived just this past January. Although it has produced 14 third-tier $10,000 prizes, it has not yet yielded a large jackpot win for the State. Marylanders with big dreams are happy that they can now purchase their Powerball tickets at their local Lottery retailer as opposed to having to travel out-of-state.

“We’re definitely ready for a local jackpot winner,” reported Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett.  “Maryland’s seen a lot of second-and third-tier winners in recent months but, we’d love to see someone hit it big this week.”

Mega Millions drawings air on Tuesdays and Fridays and Powerball drawings air on Wednesdays and Saturdays, both on WBAL-TV Channel 11 at 11:22 PM.

Two Giant Jackpots Invade Maryland

Mega Millions and Powerball Both Break $100 Million Mark

With tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot at $105 million and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot standing at  $175 million, there is a lot of “If I win…” chatter swirling around Maryland.

Mega Millions has been a mainstay of the Maryland Lottery since 1996 when it debuted under the Big Game moniker. The game has produced its share of big jackpot winners in Maryland.  The largest win in Maryland was $183 million, which was won in June 2003 by Bernadette Gietka, from Baltimore County. Perhaps the best known Marylander to win Mega Millions was Dundalk resident Bunky Barlett, who was one of four people nationwide to win the $330 million Mega Millions jackpot in August 2007. He took home a prize of $82.5 million.

The Maryland Lottery’s newest jackpot game, Powerball, arrived just this past January. Although it has produced 12 third-tier $10,000 prizes, it has not yet yielded a large jackpot win for the State. Marylanders with big dreams are happy that they can now purchase their Powerball tickets at their local Lottery retailer as opposed to having to travel out-of-state.

“We’re definitely ready for a local jackpot winner,” reported Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett.  “Maryland’s seen a lot of second-and third-tier winners in recent months but, we’d love to see someone hit it big this week.”

Mega Millions drawings air on Tuesdays and Fridays and Powerball drawings air on Wednesdays and Saturdays, both on WBAL-TV Channel 11 at 11:22 PM.

St. Mary’s County Woman Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

Mega MillionsThe spry, 84-year-old winner arrived at Lottery Headquarters accompanied by her daughter to claim her second-tier Mega Millions prize. Grinning broadly, she appeared nonplused by her newfound wealth.

The occasional Lottery player stopped into her local country store on March 14th and with a few stray dollars in her purse decided to buy three Lottery tickets.  “I asked the clerk what to play,” said the widowed mother-of-three. On the clerk’s recommend, she purchased three Quick Pick Mega Millions tickets for March 16th’s drawing.

Soon after that evening’s numbers were drawn, folks in the small town were buzzing about a winning ticket being sold right in their own backyard. But, it wasn’t until returning to the store and asking the clerk to check her ticket, that the Avenue woman found out that she was the lucky winner.

“When the scanner read, See Lottery, I asked ‘what does that mean,’” related the woman. “When the clerk told me I’d won, I thought it was $800 or $900. When she said $250,000, I said ‘no way!’”

Maintaining her stoic demeanor, she quickly phoned her children with the good news. “Hold your pants, I’ve got something good to tell you.  When I said what I’d won, there was a big scream.”

The octogenarian said that she will put her winnings in the bank.  “She’s going to save it for her old age,” said her daughter with a laugh.

The winning ticket was purchased at Murphy’s Town & Country, located at 21270 Abell Rd. in Avenue.

250,000 Reasons for Birthday Celebration

Delaware Woman Claims $250,000 Mega Millions Prize on 20th Birthday

Mega MillionsQuiet and reserved, the young Lottery winner appeared unfazed by her new-found wealth. Accompanied by her father, she arrived at Lottery Headquarters on her 20th birthday to claim her second-tier Mega Millions prize.

An infrequent Lottery player, she had followed her dad’s lead when she purchased her Mega Millions tickets nearly five months ago. She and her dad, who is an avid Lottery player, were at dinner when he decided to buy some tickets. “I bought 20 and she bought 2,” he said. “Look who won.”

The tickets were purchased for the November 13, 2009 drawing. The jackpot for that evening was $17 million dollars and the winning numbers were 27-43-45-49-54 and the Mega Ball was 44. “She matched all five numbers and her Mega Ball was 04,” said Dad. “That’s how close she came to winning the whole thing.”

The dad and daughter duo both wished to remain anonymous and waited so long to come claim their prize to avoid any attention. “We wanted to wait for the hype to die down,” said the winner’s father.

Although eager to allow her father do most of the talking, the winner said that she will use her winnings wisely. “I want to continue my education and make some investments,” she said. “I’m interested in psychology.” She also intends to buy her dad a new Harley Davidson motorcycle. “She promised me the new Street Glide,” said Dad with a huge smile.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Howard House Tavern, located at 101 West Main St. in Elkton.

Silver Spring Man wins $250,000 Using Siblings Ages

Claims Second-Tier Mega Millions Prize

Mega MillionsA Silver Spring man is thanking his family members for his recent $250,000 Mega Millions win. “If it wasn’t for my family, I wouldn’t have picked those numbers,” said the 32-year-old cardiology specialist.  All of the winning numbers for March 9th’s drawing came from his siblings’ ages who are 14-16-18-19 and 29.

The man, who was accompanied by his father to Lottery Headquarters, kept the ticket in his pocket for a week, unaware it was a winner. “I never win anything,” he said. “So, I figured there was no reason to check it right away.” It was the following Tuesday that he decided to have the ticket scanned at a Lottery retailer.  The clerk told him that the win was over $1,000.

But, it was his father who actually told him the amount of his prize. “I gave it to my father to keep. He found out how much I won and called me with the good news.” Once the winner found out that he was $250,000 richer, the son and dad duo planned their trip to Lottery Headquarters.

The happy winner plans to share his windfall with his family, pay bills, buy his dad a brand new Lexus and save the rest.  “Right now he is driving an Avalon that I had to jump-start yesterday,” the winner said with a smile.

The winning ticket was sold at the Excel Oil gas station, located at13455 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring.