Mystery Surrounds Mega Millions Millionaire

ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) —  Someone in Baltimore is walking around with a Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million, but two weeks after it was purchased no one knows who it is.

Ron Matz has more from Essex on the mystery Mega Millions millionaire.

Along Eastern Boulevard, from shopping centers to diners, folks in Essex want to know who has the winning $1 million Mega Millions ticket.

“I think it’s amazing. Can’t wait to find out who it is.  Hopefully they’ll come in here and leave us a big tip,” said Trish Fowler, waitress at the Essex Diner.

“All the customers are talking about it.  We’re really excited to see who won,” said Ashley Tate, waitress at the Essex Diner.

“They don’t want anybody to know.  That’s what it is.  All your friends and family show up,” said Margaret Lewis of Rosedale.

The winning second tier ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in the Essex Gateway Center.

Mary, the store’s owner, says she hopes they find the ticket to paradise is still around.

“The ticket was sold two weeks ago. Either somebody lost it or they’re holding on.  Every day my customers want to know if someone came forward yet,” said Mary.  “The person may have lost it, but I hope not.  Business is picking up since the ticket was sold.”

“People put them in their pocket.  They forget to check them. They misplace them. I’ve done that before. And you end up finding them six months later,” said Lenny Bayne, Essex.

According to lottery officials, the winner has 182 days as of Feb. 25 to claim the prize.  Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing is worth $309 million.

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