Friday, May 17, 2013
Winning numbers in Saturday's drawing could net a $600 million prize.
The jackpot in Saturday's Powerball drawing has been raised to a game-record $600 million, Maryland Lottery officials announced Friday. The increase, fueled by ticket sales, is the second in as many days. The cash option for the new prize is $376.9 million. The prize, if awarded Saturday, would be the second largest jackpot prize in history, behind a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot awarded last year. One of the winning tickets nationwide was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill. The drawing will be aired live locally on WBAL-TV at 11:22 p.m. Saturday. The jackpot has "rolled" (that is, no ticket has had the full winning numbers) 13 times since April, according to lottery officials. Powerball's previous record jackpot was $587 million, won…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The prize is the third largest in American history, according to lottery officials.
The Powerball jackpot for Saturday's drawing has been raised to become what would be the third-largest jackpot prize in American history. Due to strong sales, the jackpot for Saturday was raised from $475 million to $550 million, with a $350.1 million cash option. It is the second largest prize in Powerball's history. No ticket has had the winning numbers for the past 13 drawings—since early April, according to a Maryland Lottery press release. Maryland has had two winning Powerball tickets since the Maryland Lottery joined the game in 2010. One was a Pennsylvania couple who purchased a ticket in Elkton on Christmas Eve in 2011 that won them $128.8 million. That September, an Abingdon couple won $108.8 million, according to the release. …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Almerta Williams purchased her life-changing ticket in Edgewood.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Almerta Williams couldn't sleep Wednesday night. Who would blame her? The Harford County resident won $2 million, matching five numbers in the Powerball drawing that made national headlines. “I had trouble sleeping because I kept thinking I didn’t want to lose the ticket,” Williams told the Maryland Lottery. “I slept with my purse." The Maryland Lottery said Williams purchased the winning ticket at Herb’s Deli and Spirits in Edgewood. She already has plans for the winnings, including a new house and an 80-inch television to put inside, the Maryland Lottery said. Williams was one of 60 Powerball participants to match five numbers, according to CBS News. It was her Power Play opt-in that doubled the prize from $1 million to $2 million. As of…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
It's last call for the lucky holder of a Mega Millions second tier winner who purchased the ticket in Timonium.
The owners of the 7-Eleven franchise on Beaver Dam Road in Timonium have all but given up hope on meeting the winner of a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket that was sold at their store. The ticket was one of five winners sold on March 30—the same day the three Marylanders won a record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions grand prize. Now the deadline to claim the second-tier prize is quickly approaching. The ticket must be claimed by Friday, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Three of the four second-tier winners in Maryland were claimed in Baltimore, Boonsboro and Bel Air, although the ticket purchased in Timonium remains at large. "It's very uncommon," Erica Palmisano, a Maryland Lottery spokeswoman said. Only three big money tickets since 1986 have gone…
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Maryland Lottery reported its 15th consecutive year of sales growth, helped along by interest from the $656 million jackpot in March.
A record-setting Mega Millions jackpot helped pace the Maryland Lottery to a record of its own, with the agency reporting a 4.7 percent increase in sales over the previous fiscal year. The lottery said Monday that figures from fiscal year 2012 showed the 15th consecutive year of sales growth, despite greater competition from casinos and a dearth of new retail outlets. The lottery generated $1.795 billion in sales during fiscal year 2012, up $80.4 million from the year prior. Those sales translated into $556 million into Maryland’s general fund and $1.066 billion in prizes awarded to players. Interest in the Maryland Lottery was high earlier this year, when the jackpot for the national Mega Millions game reached a record $656 million in …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A $108.8 million ticket was sold at Wine World.
An Abingdon couple who won the $108.8 million jackpot in the Sept. 7 Powerball drawing has opted for a "lump sum" payout, but decided to keep their names a secret. “They did not agree to reveal their identities,” said Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery. “We’ve not heard back from them regarding their identities. We know who they are, but we can’t say.” Everett said the couple took the cash option prize, which pays a little less than $65 million before taxes, and almost $43 million after. Additionally, Wine World in Abingdon received a $25,000 commission for selling the winning ticket. “We’re obviously very excited that we got a big win in the state of Maryland, especially in Abingdon,” Everett said. “…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The store will receive a commission for selling the ticket.
A $108.8 million jackpot winning Powerball ticket was sold at Wine World in Abingdon, according to Maryland Lottery officials. The store, at 406-A Constant Friendship Blvd., will receive a $25,000 commission for selling the ticket. The numbers 3, 5, 18, 27, 54 with a Powerball of 13 were drawn Wednesday, meaning a "top tier Powerball ticket" was solid in Maryland for the first time. “We are so excited to have a top-tier winner here in Maryland. It will definitely add a bright spot to an otherwise rainy week,” Maryland Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett said in a statement. “We can’t wait to meet Maryland’s newest multi-millionaire.” Also from the Maryland Lottery statement: Lottery officials urge the winner to sign the back of …