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Winning Powerball ticket sold in Abingdon

For the first time ever, not only was a winning Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Maryland, but the sale was made from an Abingdon liquor store.

Wednesday night's drawing, numbers 3, 5, 18, 27, 54 and Power Ball 13, showed a winner, or winners, out of Wine World at 406-A Constant Friendship Blvd, according to a news release from the Maryland Lottery.

Wine World will receive a $25,000 commission for selling the ticket, but the winner(s) will have access to the $107 million jackpot.

"It'd be nice if we won, but it feels good to have the winning ticket sold in our store," a manager at Wine World, who would only identify himself as Mike, said over the phone Thursday morning.

"We are so excited to have a top-tier winner here in Maryland," Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett said in the release. "It will definitely add a bright spot to an otherwise rainy week."

In a later phone interview, Everett said Thursday that they were still unsure if the winning ticket was purchased by one person, or several in a pool, and didn't have any other details yet.

Either way, the winner will have 182 days to claim the jackpot, with two options. The $107 million annuity option pays approximately $1.2 million per year for 30 years or there is a $64.2 million cash option that pays a lump sum of $42.2 million.

The chances of winning a Powerball jackpot, Everett added, were 195 million to 1, making this win for Maryland, and Abingdon especially, "pretty mind blowing."

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