Oct. 11, 2013 – The single ticket that matched all six Mega Millions numbers drawn Oct. 1 to win a $189 million annuity jackpot has been brought into the Maryland Lottery headquarters and verified.
The winner, a man from Severn, Md., has chosen to stay anonymous, as Maryland allows winners to do so. He accepted the prize Friday on behalf of his “Lucky Family,” who he says he’ll be sharing the big win with.
After all, they helped him pick his numbers. He told Maryland Lottery officials that the night before he bought 10 Mega Millions tickets, he dreamed of his family talking to him about numbers.
When he arrived at the Dash-In store where the winning ticket was purchased, he played different combinations of the numbers he’d dreamed and his birth month, date, and year.
The day after the drawing, a relative called him to tell him that the winning ticket had been bought at the Dash-In in Severn, their favorite place to play.
When the winner realized he’d matched all six numbers – 7, 10, 30, 37, 53, and the Mega Ball, 1 – he said he “cried and cried.”
“We are blessed,” the man said Friday, telling Lottery officials that “since the economy went down, our life has been tough.”
After posing for photographs and video behind the big check and a message from the family, the winner chose to take the cash option for the prize, and can expect about $86 million after taxes.