Suddenly, David K. Moreland may discover many new friendships, and a few long-lost relatives.
Moreland, a bachelor and an engineer from southern Anne Arundel County, today was identified by the Maryland Lottery Agency as the winner of the state's $20 million Lotto, the largest in the 8-year history of the game.
Moreland, 33, went to the administrative offices of the agency at Reisterstown Road Plaza to verify his identity and fill out the voluminous paperwork to which all new millionaires must get accustomed.
Moreland accepted his new wealth with appropriate modesty.
"The first thing I did when I learned I had the winning combination was tell my parents," he said today.
According to lottery officials, Moreland was watching television Saturday night and preparing to retire when he saw the winning numbers flashed across his TV screen.
"At first," he said, "I didn't know they were my numbers. But it eventually settled in."
Officials said Moreland has been playing the Lotto game for several years through subscription and that, although he is an engineer with Martin-Marietta in Glen Burnie, there was no scientific method to his winning selection.
Moreland, a native of Prince George's County, has given no thought to how he will spend his newly found fortune, officials said.
He will receive $1 million annually before taxes for the next 20 years.
4 The winning numbers were: 9, 15, 24, 33, 41, 43.