The Maryland winner of one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history has come forward but wishes to remain anonymous, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.
The winner bought one of two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The person claimed the ticket last week, lottery officials said, but their identity will not be revealed. Maryland is one of six states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
"You have to play to win," the Maryland lottery winner said, according to state lottery officials. "You have to play your lucky numbers."
The winner will net $76.4 million after claiming the cash option and after taxes. The state will get $10.1 million in tax revenue. A Florida couple came forward to claim the second winning ticket last week, too.
The winning ticket was sold at Lady's Liquors, at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata. The liquor store will also get a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Lottery officials said the winner chose the winning numbers manually.
The largest lottery jackpot in history remains $656 million, split among Mega Millions winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois in 2012. An Anne Arundel County man also won a $189 million Mega Millions jackpot in October 2013.
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