“We are blessed,” he said, accepting the win on behalf of his “Lucky Family,” as the group dubbed themselves for publicity photos. (Courtesy of the Maryland Lottery)
An Anne Arundel County man Friday claimed the second largest Maryland lottery jackpot in the state’s history, 10 days after the record-breaking drawing, according to a release.
The winner—who chose to remain anonymous—took the cash option and, after state and federal taxes, went home with an $86 million payday. The Mega Millions lottery jackpot reached $189 million at the time of the drawing on Oct. 1.
“We are blessed,” the winner said.
The lucky ticker bearer said picking the right numbers came to him in a dream about his family.
“It’s like they were talking to me about the numbers in the dream,” he said in a release. “I prayed, ‘Lord, if you want this money to belong to me, guide my hand.’”
A relative called the winner on Oct. 2, a day after the drawing. The relative said he found out the ticket was sold at a gas station that the two frequent, the release states.
“I cried and I cried,” he said. “Since the economy went down, our life has been tough.”
The winner said he would share the money with a few family members to help them pay off their mortgages.
“Our winner found his fortune at Dash In, located at 7845 Quarterfield Road in Severn,” a spokeswoman for the lottery said. “The retailer will earn a $100,000 commission for selling the ticket and the state of Maryland will receive more than $11.3 million in tax revenue.”
Lottery officials said the winner hid the ticket inside of an unplugged lamp until Friday morning when he cashed the ticket.
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