(WJLA) - Nearly two months later, the unidentified second winner of the March 18 $414-million Mega Millions lottery jackpot has finally claimed the winnings.
But, we don't get to know who he or she is. According to Mega Millions officials, the winner "quietly" came forward last week with the winning ticket, but has requested to remain anonymous.
The "lucky Marylander" bought one of two winning tickets for the March 18 drawing in La Plata at Lady’s Liquors, located at 6474 Crain Highway. For selling the winning ticket, the retailer receives a $100,000 agent bonus.
The jackpot gave the Maryland and Florida ticket holders, before taxes, $115.5 million each through the cash option selected by the winners. After taxes, the Maryland winner receives $76.4 million.
Though the Maryland winner chose to stay anonymous, he or she did say, “You have to play to win,” borrowing the slogan used by the Lottery several years ago. “You have to play your lucky numbers.”
“We are pleased that Maryland, once again, was home to a Mega Millions jackpot winner,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “Everyone benefits when a winning jackpot ticket is sold in Maryland. This jackpot win gave the state of Maryland some welcome and unanticipated tax revenue.”
That “unanticipated tax revenue” amounts to more than $10.1 million for the state, thanks to winners choosing the cash option.
This marks the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland this year, following two jackpot wins in 2013 when an Anne Arundel County man claimed the $189 million prize in October and a Mt. Airy couple won $26 million in February.
Maryland saw its largest jackpot win in history in March 2012 when three winners claimed a $218.6 million prize.
Nationwide, the largest Mega Millions jackpot to date was $656 million, won on March 30, 2012, by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.