When Sukhwinder Singh got the call at 6 a.m. Wednesday that his Dash In convenience store in Severn had sold a winning $189 million Mega Millions jackpot ticket, his reaction was understandable.
"I thought it was somebody joking with me," said the Glen Burnie man, who owns the Severn store and three others.
Reality sank in when lottery officials arrived to take pictures and hang a banner reading "We sold a jackpot winner" outside his store.
"Now I'm excited to know who won the ticket," Singh said.
He's not the only one. By Wednesday evening, the winner had not come forward, though Singh said he has an inkling it's one of his regular customers at the busy store and gas station in the 7800 block of Quarterfield Road, just off Interstate 97.
The winning numbers were 07, 10, 30, 37, 53. The bonus ball was 01.
The jackpot is worth $129.7 million if the winner opts for a cash payout — or about $86 million after taxes, said Carole Everett, a state lottery spokeswoman.
The winner, who selected the numbers, has 182 days to claim the prize, she said.
"Some people come in right away," Everett said. "Some sort of absorb the shock of it all, talk to people for advice and then come in."
On Wednesday, the Dash In was abuzz with chatter about who the winner might be. A friend? A neighbor? Someone just passing through?
"Everybody says, 'I wish it was my ticket,' or 'I didn't play,'" Singh said.
Though the odds of another winner at the store are long, the store's red lottery kiosk was busy with more sales than usual. Singh was happy to point out that the new jackpot amounts aren't exactly chump change, either: $12 million for Mega Millions and $70 million for Powerball.
Selling the winning ticket earns Singh a payday as well — a commission of $100,000 from the state lottery. As he absorbed his sudden fame as a winning ticket salesman, Singh said he might use some of that bonus money to go on vacation for a week or two, perhaps to Canada.
The Mega Millions win was the second in Maryland this year. In February, a person who purchased a ticket in Mount Airy won a $26 million prize.
The largest win ever in Maryland occurred in 2012, when three Baltimore County teachers were among the winners of a $656 million jackpot. Winning tickets were also sold in Illinois and Kansas.
Everett said the latest winning ticket will mean $11.3 million in tax revenue for the state.
"It's a three-part deal," she said. "Everybody wins."
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