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Unidentified Abingdon couple wins Powerball jackpot

BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, kabawroski@theaegis.com

4:56 PM EDT, September 13, 2011

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An Abingdon couple has stepped forward to claim the first Powerball Jackpot in Maryland, a state lottery spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

The lucky winners of the $107 million jackpot have not been publicly identified, however.

The Sept. 7 drawing showed that the winning ticket, with numbers of 3, 5, 18, 27, 54 and Power Ball 13, was sold at the Abingdon Wine World, at 406-A Constant Friendship Blvd, making it the first winning Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Maryland.

At the time, according to Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett, the organization did not know who had purchased the winning ticket of the $107 million jackpot.

Since then, an Abingdon couple has presented the winning ticket, but has not decided if they will release their names to the public, Everett said.

"We are hoping to get an answer soon and are, of course, hoping they agree to publicity," Everett wrote in an e-mail.

With this win, the couple will have two options, the $107 million annuity option that will pay out approximately $1.2 million per year for 30 years or a $64.2 million cash choice, which will give them a lump sum of $42.2 million.

Wine World, which sold the ticket, will receive a $25,000 commission.

The chances of winning the multi-state Powerball jackpot, Everett said last week, are 195 million to 1.

Although this is Maryland's first big Powerball win, Everett did write there had been several notable multi-state Mega Millions jackpot wins in Maryland, including $183 million in Baltimore County in 2003 and $109 million in Montgomery County in 2004.