Maryland Mega Millions winner comes forward

ABC7, AP - Maryland lottery officials say a holder of a winning Mega Millions ticket has come forward to claim a share of the record-breaking $656 million prize. The winner has chosen to be anonymous.

Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett says the winner claimed the prize at lottery headquarters Monday. She says she wouldn't give any more details until a news conference Tuesday.

Maryland's winner bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill outside Baltimore. That person will split the prize with a winner each in Illinois and in Kansas.

Lottery officials increased the final jackpot to $656 million after tallying sales from the 44 state lotteries.

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Last week, a Maryland woman, Mirlande Wilson, claimed to have won the ticket. She told people that she hid the ticket at the McDonald’s where she works and also that she misplaced it.

Wilson has at turns evaded the media and spoken publicly about the ticket. The 37-year-old also said she just wants to be left alone.