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Mega Millions Mystery: $189M Ticket Sold In Anne Arundel County

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SEVERN, Md. (WJZ)—The only winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold right here in Maryland!

Christie Ileto has more on the excitement of the mystery winner.

Hundreds of thousands of tickets were printed, but only one ticket was a winner Wednesday.

Maryland Lottery officials say it was sold at Dash In on Quarterfield Road in Severn.

“This is the first time somebody hit the lottery in my store, so I’m so excited and so happy to see who hit the lottery,” said Sukhwinder Singh, Dash In store owner.

Singh walks away with $100,000 for being the store that sold the winning ticket.

“I will go for vacation. Maybe go to Canada or somewhere else, so we’ll see what happens. I think I hit the lottery– $100,000. I’m so happy,” he said.

Though the identity of the winner is still a mystery, Singh says he has a hunch.

“I have local customer come repeatedly every single day,” he said.

“We obviously don’t know who those winners or winner is, but there’s a lot of money about to be won by somebody,” Carole Everett, Maryland Lottery.

Maryland Lottery says the winner hand-selected these numbers: 07-10-30-37-53, Mega Ball: 1.

The $189 million jackpot is worth about $130 million in cash–$86 million after taxes.

“I checked my ticket, so [I’m] no winner,” said Larry Chrystal.

But playing big is part of the fun.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states. The odds of winning are one in 175.7 million.

Dash In isn’t the only one cashing in. The state gets $11.3 million in tax revenue.

The winner has 182 days to claim his or her prize and must go in person to the Lottery’s Claims Center, located at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.

This is the second Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland this year. A Mount Airy woman claimed a $26 million jackpot in February.

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