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March 25, 2011
Friends and readers, I have plenty of vices. For example, I like bad movies and deep fried food, especially with extra cheese. Put a giant screen at a county fair and I'm in heaven. But I have never been able to get excited about playing the lottery --- even when the Mega Millions jackpot hits $312 million . I really did give it a try. I bought tickets once or twice and participated in one or two organized pools when the millions on the billboard visible from an office window hit triple digits.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
The Maryland winner of one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history has come forward but wishes to remain anonymous, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday. The winner bought one of two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The person claimed the ticket last week, lottery officials said, but their identity will not be revealed. Maryland is one of six states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Continuing a trend in recent years of massive jackpots, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is nearing a $300 million payout for a drawing this week. Four times this year, the Powerball jackpot has passed the $300 million mark. Mega Millions has not had a jackpot reach more than $300 million yet this year, though the largest jackpot in U.S. history was in a Mega Millions drawing last year. That $656 million prize was split among winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois in March 2012.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
A liquor store in La Plata will get $100,000 and Maryland will get more than $10.1 million in tax revenue, but as of Wednesday night the big winner - the person or persons holding a winning ticket in the $414 million Mega Millions lottery - was unknown. Lottery officials said one of two winning tickets in Tuesday's Mega Millions was sold at Lady's Liquors, on Crain Highway in La Plata. The second ticket was sold in Florida, and the two winners will split the prize. The cash option for the Maryland half of the jackpot is estimated at $76.4 million, after taxes.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Are you rich beyond your wildest dreams? The winning numbers for the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot are: 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Mega Ball 23. If no winner is named, the jackpot will rise to $975 million, but lottery officials said they would know if someone had won before the night is through. All week, Baltimore has been abuzz about the record-breaking jackpot and on Friday the excitement peaked. On his way out the door at the 7-Eleven on W. 33 r d Street and Keswick Road on Friday, a man looked over his shoulder and told Sara Mathes that he'd wish her luck on Mega Millions, but, you know, "I want to win. " Mathes of Charles Village and her friend, Jessica Vezendy of Middletown, Del., were part of the frenzy across Maryland for a chance at the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, which grew by $100 million since Thursday.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
If you're looking to strike it rich, you still have a shot if you buy a ticket for the Mega Millions drawing Friday night. No one matched all six numbers in Tuesday's drawing, so the jackpot for Friday climbed to $290 million, according to the Maryland Lottery. Tuesday night's winning numbers were 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14, and the Mega Ball was 30. One person from Maryland won $250,000 by matching the first five numbers without the Mega Ball, lottery officials said. The Mega Millions top prize has been on the rise since a Georgia woman won a $72 million jackpot in late January.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
If you purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Essex for Tuesday night's drawing, you could be waking up a whole lot richer. A million dollar second-tier ticket was sold at 7-Eleven, at 25 Eastern Boulevard, according to a news release from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. As part of the win, the store will receive a $1,000 bonus as well. But, since no one won the jackpot in the latest drawing, the prize is now up to $216 million with a $119.6 million cash option.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Maryland sold one of the winning tickets for last night's record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said. The lucky ticket was purchased around 7:15 p.m. Friday at a 7-Eleven in Baltimore County in the 8000 block of Liberty Road in Milford Mill. The winner bought one ticket with randomly selected numbers just a few hours before sales ended. The jackpot is considered the single largest in world history, according to lottery officials. The Maryland winner will split the prize with winners in Kansas and Illinois, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
As reporters huddled Wednesday outside the office of an attorney hired by the woman who claims to be the Baltimore County winner of last Friday's Mega Millions prize, we wanted to know a bit more about her than the fuzzy bits revealed thus far. So, we checked out her Facebook page. Fact Number One: On Facebook, she goes by the name Sheila Paraison, not Mirlande Wilson, the name she has been giving reporters for the last week. (The New York Post uncovered the Facebook page.) Wilson, a single mother from Westport, first told reporters that she had the ticket to a share of the record-breaking $656 million jackpot.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
After weeks without a jackpot, the Mega Millions prize has once again climbed to more than $400 million. The cash option for the multi-state lottery is $224.8 million, according the Maryland Lottery. The game is played in 43 states including Maryland and Washington, D.C. In October, the lottery adjusted its rules, which has contributed to the larger jackpots. The lottery now pulls from a pool of 75 white balls and 15 yellow or mega balls. The change has allowed for more lower tiered winners, but has made the top prize even harder to come by. Several Marylanders have won $1 million prizes in recent months.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
If you purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Essex for Tuesday night's drawing, you could be waking up a whole lot richer. A million dollar second-tier ticket was sold at 7-Eleven, at 25 Eastern Boulevard, according to a news release from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. As part of the win, the store will receive a $1,000 bonus as well. But, since no one won the jackpot in the latest drawing, the prize is now up to $216 million with a $119.6 million cash option.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
If you played the Mega Millions lottery at the Magothy Inn recently, double-check your ticket. The Pasadena pub, located at 546 Center Street, sold a second-tier winning $1 million ticket. Paul Paesch, owner of Magothy Inn, said Wednesday he had "no clue" who purchased the winning ticket. "We didn't really sell that many," he said. Paesch said the eatery would be awarded between $500 and $2,500 for the sale. The million-dollar win was the second announced this week by lottery officials.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
So, you didn't win the big Mega Millions jackpot? Well, neither did your trusty Midweek Madness provider. Or all his colleagues at The Sun who were so sure that, by pooling our resources, we were going to be one-percenters. Well, time to get over it and listen to sage advice from the divine Judy Garland, whose 1937 recording seems all the more fitting for us poor losers today.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Some people's lives changed drastically Tuesday night. There was no immediate word about who won, but one winning ticket was bought at Jennifer's Gift Shop on Tully Road in San Jose,  Calif. , according to  Alex Traverso , a California lottery official. A second winning ticket was bought at Gateway Newstands on Lenox Road in Atlanta, a lottery official in Georgia said. A second-tier, $1 million ticket was sold at High's Dairy Store on Old Bottom Road in Annapolis, Maryland Lottery officials said.
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By Joe Burris and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The ever-growing Mega Millions lottery jackpot stands at the second-largest in U.S. history ahead of Tuesday night's drawing amid a flurry of last-minute ticket sales. Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot has increased to $636 million, Maryland Lottery officials said on Tuesday. As of midday Tuesday, 6,041 tickets were being purchased per minute in Maryland, or 101 per second, said Maryland lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano. "Any time it surpasses a half-billion dollars, it adds to the excitement," Palmisano said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
If there is no winner in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, the pot will stand at nearly $1 billion — head and shoulders above the existing U.S. record lottery jackpot of $656 million. Tuesday's massive Mega Millions jackpot — just $20 million short of the record — drew a frenzy of ticket-buying as casual, daily and irregular lottery players threw their money into the pool. At one point on Tuesday before the nighttime drawing, Marylanders were handing over cash for the $2 Mega Millions tickets at a rate of almost 101 tickets a second, or 6,041 per minute, said Maryland lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano.
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