Woman Claims $7 Million Prize

October 08, 1992

It took her nine days to claim her $7 million Maryland Lotto prize, but a retired Dundalk woman has plans for the money.

The 63-year-old winner, who requested that her name not be used, plans to travel, visit friends and family, and help her four grandchildren with their education expenses, a state lottery spokesman said.

The winner bought the sole winning ticket in the Sept. 23 Lotto drawing at the Card Gallery in the 1700 block of Merritt Blvd. several days before the drawing.

Lottery officials said that the woman waited until last Friday -- more than a week after the drawing -- to claim her prize.

The reason for the delay was twofold. She didn't know that she had won until several days after the drawing, and when she learned that she had the winning ticket, she decided to avoid the publicity and wait until the hoopla surrounding the drawing died down to claim her jackpot, said Elyn Garrett-Jones, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Lottery Agency. Over the next 20 years she will receive installments of $350,000 a year. She becomes the 11th person to have won a $7 million jackpot since the Lotto game began in 1983. The state's record Lotto jackpot is $21 million, won in 1991.

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