Friday, February 22, 2013
The $26 million ticket came from Howard County. The 48-year-old retiree is going to the beach.
That didn’t take long. The Mega Millions Jackpot winner has come forward, just two days after the Maryland Lottery announced that the winning ticket had been sold in Howard County. A grandmother of two, the winner said she plans to buy a house or two, according to a statement released by the Maryland Lottery. Preferably on the beach. “This will be the first time anyone from our family has ever owned a home,” the winner told Lottery officials. The 48-year-old retiree and her fiancé joked Tuesday night that they might wake up millionaires, according to a statement released by Lottery officials. It seems she still isn’t certain if it’s a joke. “I am still in denial,” said the winner, who wants to remain anonymous. “I even drove by the …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Debra Opper of Owings Mills plans to use the money to go on a honeymoon with her new husband, buy him his own taxi and help her daughters with their bills.
For years, Debra Opper has bought the same lottery tickets each Monday: five $2 multi-match tickets from Monday and Thursday, a $5 Mega Millions ticket for Tuesday and Friday and a $10 Powerball ticket for Wednesday and Saturday. About four years ago, she won $10,000, but never dreamed of a six-figure prize. Last Tuesday, she won $250,000 in the Mega Millions. “Never did I ever imagine that was going to be me. Now I’m even still sitting here at the lottery office waiting for them to say, ‘Haha, it’s a joke. Nevermind,’” Opper said on Friday, when she claimed her prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “I still have goose bumps.” Opper was in One Stop in Reisterstown last Thursday, where she buys her lottery tickets, when an …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing was $587.5 million.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
If you bought your Powerball ticket in Maryland, you did not win last night's $587.5 million jackpot. Two winning tickets were sold in the Nov. 28 Powerball lottery according to the Maryland Lottery website. The tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri. The winning numbers were 5-16-22-23-29 with a Powerball of 6. However, the luck was not all bad for Maryland Powerball players. A $1 million winning ticket was sold in Maryland, and ten $10,000 prize tickets were sold. The lucky player won $1 million by matching all five white balls. The Maryland players who won $10,000 matched four of the white balls plus the Powerball number. Each Powerball ticket cost $2. Players choose five numbers plus a sixth Powerball number. Players matching all …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Maryland Lottery officials announced the increase Tuesday morning.
The jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing was already the largest in the game's history at $425 million but Tuesday morning, lottery officials announced that the prize pool had increased. Wednesday's drawing will now be for a $500 million jackpot with a $327 million cash option, according to an email from Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano. The news comes after 15 straight Powerball drawings without a winner. There have been two jackpot winners in our state since Maryland started to participate in January 2010: in Dec. 2011 an anonymous Pennsylvania couple bought a $128 million jackpot winner in Elkton and in Sept. 2011, an anonymous couple bought a $108 million winning ticket in Abingdon, according to an email from …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The next drawing is set for Saturday night.
The jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has climbed to $214 million after Wednesday's drawing failed to produce a winner, lottery officials report. The multi-jurisdictional lottery is played in 42 states—including Maryland and Virginia—plus Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was almost a year ago that a Maryland resident last won a Powerball jackpot. On Christmas Eve 2011, a Cecil County couple's winning ticket brought them a $128.8 million dollar prize. More recently, one of three winning tickets in March's $640 million Mega Millions drawing was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill. The largest Powerball jackpot ever—$365 million—came in February of 2006. The lone winning ticket was purchased by eight employees of a …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
According to the Maryland Lottery officials, the winners of the historic $656 million jackpot watched the lottery news unfolding, came up with a plan, and went to the lottery headquarters in Baltimore with a financial adviser.
On March 30, a 20-year-old public school employee found a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket among the 60 she had spread out on the floor. "Once I realized one was a winner, I called my two friends right away," she said in a Maryland Lottery news release Tuesday. The three have decided to remain anonymous. She and another winner, a man in his 40s, went over to the third friend's house—a woman in her 50s—to plan how to claim their winnings, the release states. The three friends, all public school employees, had gone in on a pool together to purchase the 60 tickets for the historic $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said. They bought the Maryland winning ticket earlier that evening at the 7-Eleven located at 8014 …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Baltimore County readers weighed in on the top stories of the week.
Readers took their opinions to Baltimore County sites this week, commenting most on stories about a plea deal expected for the “blonde bandit,” how the Foundry Row development will bring jobs to Owings Mills and more. Plea Deal Expected for 'Blonde Bandit: "Why would the feds give her any type of plea bargain? She is a violent criminal. She must have friends in high places!" – Terry POLL: Will You Buy A Mega Millions $500 Million Jackpot Ticket? “I don't play the lottery. It's effectively a tax on the stupid. Just like any other form of gambling, the odds favor the house.” - Jeff Martens Economist: Foundry Row Will Answer Crying Need in Owings Mills: "Residential building has not slowed down in Owings Mills. So as long as more people …