Reporting Derek Valcourt
ELKTON, Md. (WJZ) — Someone hit it big—$125 million worth of big. That’s the Powerball jackpot for one lucky Maryland ticket holder.
Derek Valcourt has more on where the winning ticket was sold.
It came from a store in Elkton where everyone is now scratching their heads, wondering who their lucky neighbor is.
At Wesley’s Liquor Store and Restaurant in Elkton, folks are scratching their heads.
“We don’t know who it is,” said Julie Heffner.
Some lucky person bought the winning Powerball jackpot ticket on Christmas Eve. The number 14, 16, 30, 51 and 52 with a Powerball of 19 and Power Play of 2 will make someone rich. But even Wesley’s owners don’t know who.
“Lottery was in today. They secured the machine, they looked at some stuff in the machine, they told us what time the ticket was sold. It was sold at 3:13 p.m. We checked out cameras to that time date. I sold the ticket to a gentleman and I’m not…I don’t know who he is or his name,” said Jeff Wesley.
The man who is holding the $125 million winning ticket has already called in to the store to confirm his numbers. He says he’s going to wait a few days before coming forward to claim his prize.
And what a prize! The cash option is just shy of $79 million. After taxes, it’s nearly $52 million in cash.
“Most of the time, Powerball [or] Mega Millions, they could be hit in Ohio [or] Washington state, so just even having it in Maryland and at your store is almost like hitting the lottery yourself,” Wesley said.
The store itself gets $25,000 for selling the jackpot ticket, but it’s the winner who has folks there green with envy.
“Whoever won, I hope it was somebody that really needed it and that will do good stuff with it,” Heffner said.
Maryland Lottery offices don’t open back up until Tuesday. That gives the winner a little extra time to figure out how to spend his new fortune.
This is only the second time Maryland has had a Powerball jackpot winner. In September, a Harford County couple won a $105 million jackpot.