El Gordo winner was a last-minute lottery ticket buyer

December 28, 1992

The yet unidentified $10 million winner in the el Gordo lottery drawing bought the winning ticket in Queen Anne's County -- within 20 minutes of the cutoff time for sales Saturday night.

"The winning ticket was sold somewhere around 7:30" p.m., Carroll H. Hynson Jr., deputy director of the Maryland State Lottery Agency, said yesterday. "It had to be a last-minute decision."

The winner -- with ticket No. 2185023 -- has not come forward to claim the prize. Mr. Hynson said agency policy prohibited him from releasing the name of the lottery outlet where winning tickets were sold "until after the tickets are claimed and validated."

Based on total number of $5 tickets sold -- which at 2,195,924 fell well short of the 5 million-ticket sellout lottery officials had hoped for -- Mr. Hynson estimated that the winning ticket was sold about 20 minutes before the 7:50 p.m. cutoff for the 8 p.m. drawing Saturday.

Mr. Hynson also said each of the five winning $1 million tickets -- which had either No. 960207 or bonus No. 129845 -- was sold in a different jurisdiction. The winning tickets were purchased in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties, he said.

nTC Persons with tickets bearing the five-digit number 83314 win $25,000; those with the four-digit number 3171 win $2,500; those with the three-digit number 652 win $250; and those with the two-digit number 65 win $25.

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