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The winning Mega Millions ticket from Maryland was purchased at this 7-Eleven store in Baltimore County. The winner or winners will receive up to $218 million.
And the Mega Millions winner is …
After more than a week of suspense, during which rumors swirled and one woman claimed to have misplaced her winning ticket, Maryland Lottery officials have confirmed that a winning ticket has been claimed and verified, WBAL-TV reported on its website. Lottery officials scheduled a press conference 8 a.m. Thursday, though it was unknown if the winner would appear.
The Maryland ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill in Baltimore County. The store will receive $100,000.
This does not settle whether the winner is the McDonald's employee who said she had won but misplaced the ticket.
The woman, Mirlande Wilson, a single mother of seven, had been tasked with guarding Mega Millions tickets from a work pool. After the Mega Millions numbers were announced, Wilson said she had the winning ticket but that she wouldn’t share the spoils – she said she had purchased the winning ticket apart from the group.
She held a news briefing last week, flanked by a lawyer, but then later said she had lost the ticket.
There were three winning tickets for the largest jackpot in history, $656 million, which means each person or group will receive up to $218 million. The winners bought tickets in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.
The Kansas winner also chose to remain anonymous. Winners may withhold their identity in Kansas and Maryland.
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