Winning Mega Millions ticket, worth $105 million, sold in Md.

April 11, 2004|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

Somebody walked into a Montgomery County convenience store a few days ago, let the lottery machine pick out six numbers and, a day later, became $105 million richer.

Kensington Mart in Kensington sold the winning Mega Millions ticket Thursday as a "quick pick," Buddy Roogow, director of the Maryland State Lottery, said yesterday.

The ticket was the only one sold in the 11-state game to match all six numbers picked Friday night: 2-8-10-11-23-40. The winner beat odds of 135 million-to-1.

"I think whoever won will be happy," Roogow said.

The winner will have the option of receiving $105 million over 25 years or taking a lump sum of about $61 million before taxes, Roogow said.

The owner of Kensington Mart will get a considerably smaller sum - $25,000 - for selling the ticket. But Krish Divakar, an engineer who bought the store a month ago, was delighted with his windfall.

"It's good news for me," said Divakar, who owns the store with his brother-in-law Kiran Keshav. "I'm really excited."

Someone else in the area is happy with Friday's lottery results. A ticket bought at the OK Tavern in the 2300 block of E. Biddle St. in East Baltimore matched five numbers. That ticket is worth $175,000.

In July, a part-time letter carrier from Dundalk won the $183 million Mega Millions jackpot. Bernadette Gietka opted to take her winnings in a $112.8 million cash payout.

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