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September 16, 2008

Mega Millions player produces winning ticket

A Baltimore woman got a piece of good news on her 49th birthday last week: She learned she had bought the winning Mega Millions ticket from last week's $24 million jackpot drawing. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, and her daughter brought a locked safe containing the winning ticket to the state lottery office yesterday, said agency spokeswoman Carole Everett. The lottery office is not far from Carroll Station, the bar-restaurant on Washington Boulevard in Pigtown where the ticket had been sold. The woman initially bought five $1 "quick pick" tickets Sept. 9, letting the machine choose her numbers. She then bought a second group of $1 tickets, which held the winning combination, Everett said. The woman said that after hearing Wednesday, her birthday, that Carroll Station had sold the winning ticket, "I just knew it was me," lottery officials said in a news release. She then checked a neighbor's newspaper and confirmed that she had the matching numbers. The woman opted for the $15 million cash payout option, which is worth a little more than $10 million after taxes, Everett said. "She's thrilled," the spokeswoman said. The woman, a North Carolina native, mother of two and grandmother of three, had planned to move and now likely will build a house. She also has plans to purchase a 2009 Lexus truck. The store owner will receive $25,000.

Liz F. Kay

A top O'Malley adviser to leave for lobbying firm

Sean R. Malone, a top adviser to Gov. Martin O'Malley and member of the governor's inner circle since 1995, is joining the Baltimore law and lobbying practice of Lisa Harris Jones as a partner. "It's bittersweet for me," said Malone, 42, an attorney who managed O'Malley's successful Baltimore City Council re-election campaign in 1995, and then worked in a variety of key police and labor-related posts as O'Malley rose from councilman to mayor and then governor. "I have two little boys who have Catholic school tuition coming down the pike," Malone said. "I felt it was an appropriate time to step out and get into a law practice and try to provide for my family." Malone's most recent position has been deputy legislative officer, focusing on public safety and labor issues. Under state ethics law, he is barred from representing clients in state matters in which he has "participated significantly in the matter as an official or employee." Jones' lobbying clients include Penn National Gaming, the Maryland Minority Contractors Association and Verizon. Malone said he will leave the State House in two to three weeks. "I don't know how we're going to find a replacement for him," said Michael R. Enright, O'Malley's chief of staff. "There's a popular management theory that everyone is replaceable, but I think Sean is going to test us on that one."

Gadi Dechter

Google founder's family endows chair at UM

Google founder Sergey Brin and his parents have endowed a professor's chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where Brin's mother is being treated for Parkinson's disease, the school said yesterday. Dr. Lisa Shulman is the first recipient of the Eugenia Brin Professorship in Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. Brin and his parents have donated $1.5 million to the university to establish the professorship. Shulman plans to use money generated by the endowment to support a database that the center has developed over the past five years on more than 1,000 Parkinson's patients.

Associated Press

Another city attempt at a ban on plastic bags

Efforts to encourage residents to carry reusable shopping bags are under way. City Councilman James B. Kraft introduced a bill yesterday that would ban plastic bags at stores. In July, the council rejected narrower legislation that would have affected retailers with more than $500,000 in annual gross revenue. Separately, Councilman Bill Henry said he plans to introduce a bill next week that would impose a 25-cent fee each time customers get a paper or plastic bag from a store. Each bill will be studied by the new Baltimore City Commission on Sustainability. before the council votes on them.

Annie Linskey

Hampstead traffic circles won't open this fall

The State Highway Administration will not open two roundabouts on the Hampstead Bypass project this fall out of concern that doing so could cause construction delays and hinder traffic on Route 30.

Michael Dresser

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