Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 19, 2007|By COLUMN

Mega Millions winners get $5.3 million each

A mother and daughter from the Essex area cashed in yesterday the winning Mega Millions ticket sold this month at a Baltimore County store, a lottery official said.

The winners, who have chosen to remain anonymous, selected a cash payout of $15,771,000, said lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett. After such deductions as taxes, the two took home $5.3 million apiece, Everett said.

The ticket was valued at $27 million if annual payouts had been chosen.

The mother, who Everett said is in her late 70s, said her good luck charm was "upstairs, meaning her husband, who had passed away about a decade ago," the spokeswoman said.

The winners said their plans include a trip to Disney World, a new house and a new car, but the mother also said that she did not plan to change her lifestyle, Everett said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Mace Liquors in Essex. Store owner Hemant Shah had previously described the winner as a 79-year-old widowed grandmother who is a regular lottery customer at the store.

Shah has said that the woman did not know she was holding the winning ticket in the Oct. 5 drawing until he checked the numbers for her. He has declined to identify her.

The winners and the store owner presented the ticket to lottery officials yesterday afternoon, Everett said. The store owner receives $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were randomly selected, Everett said.

Cleanup

Pitch-in for Progress starts today

Community organizations and other groups and inviduals will work to clean up neighborhoods in the county for starting today as part of the annual Pitch-in for Progress volunteer weekend.

Senior centers, recreation councils and school groups are also expected to participate in the 11th annual event. Activities include beautification projects such as planting, mulching, painting and raking, and such environmental jobs as cleaning streams and parks. County government has provided trash bins, , mulch, gloves, trash bags, paint, and flowers.

This year's event is expected to attract about 1,500 participants in 75 projects at 24 schools and 40 communities, county officials said.

For information on projects in a particular area, call the Baltimore County Volunteers at 410-887-2715.

Volunteers

CASA seeks advocates, mentors

CASA of Baltimore County Inc. is seeking volunteers to train as court-appointed special advocates and mentors for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, complete 30 hours of training and undergo a background check.

Men, African-Americans and Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are being accepted for a training session that will begin in November.

Information: 410-828-0515 or www.casaofbaltimorecounty.org

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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