BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland lottery officials say a Pennsylvania couple has claimed a $128.8 million Powerball prize in Maryland.

The couple, who chose to stay anonymous, claimed the prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Baltimore. They were accompanied by a lawyer.

The couple was the sole winners of the prize. The winning numbers were drawn Christmas Eve, and the ticket was purchased at Wesley’s, a restaurant in Elkton. Wesley’s will receive a $25,000 commission.

The prize is the second-largest jackpot in Maryland. A Baltimore County woman won $183 million in the Mega Millions drawing in 2003.

Lottery officials say the couple has not decided whether to take the $128.8 million annuity or the cash option of $81 million. They plan to use the prize money to pay off debts and donate to charity.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    What a croc of s….t. Charity begins @ home & why don’t they just say so.

  2. antoinette shorter says:

    They don’t have to do or say anything to please you….they won it, so they can do what they want to do with the winnings….stop being a hater!

  3. kathy says:

    I personally think they shouldn’t put this on the news or publicize it . It only makes people who play and who haven’t won feel really bad. They should just keep it to themselves.

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