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Mega Millions Winner Still Hasn't Claimed $189M, Ticket From Maryland

By    |   Friday, 04 Oct 2013 07:53 AM

Mega Millions officials are still waiting for the winner of the $189 million jackpot to come forward after the winner purchased the prize ticket in Maryland.

The winner this week matched the selected numbers of 07, 10, 30, 37, 53 with the bonus ball 01, which were revealed Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun reported. The jackpot is worth $129.7 million if the winner goes for a cash payout, which is about $86 million after taxes, state lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said. 

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The winner has 182 days to claim the prize.

"Some people come in right away," Everett told the Baltimore Sun. "Some sort of absorb the shock of it all, talk to people for advice and then come in."

This is the second time in 2013 that a Maryland outlet sold the winning ticket. A Mt. Airy woman captured the $26 million jackpot in February.

That winner was a Maryland grandmother who had planned to purchase her first home. 

"This will be the first time anyone from our family has ever owned a home," the 48-year-old woman told lottery officials back in February. "There have been so many winners in Western Maryland lately, we’re glad we were one of them."

The October win is good news for the state of Maryland, which will get $11.3 million in taxes off the lottery winnings, the Washington Post reported.

The winning ticket this time was issued at a Dash In convenience store in Severn, south of Baltimore. The store gets a check for $100,000 in commission for selling the winning ticket.

"I thought it was somebody joking with me," Sukhwinder Singh, owner of Severn's Dash In and three other stores, told the Baltimore Sun. "Now I'm excited to know who won the ticket."

The last Mega Millions winner was named in September, when Dick Zelasko, of Troy, Mich., came forward to claim an $80 million jackpot from the July 5 drawing, according to the lottery's website. Lottery officials said that jackpot had originally been advertised at $79 million but was increased as a result of strong sales.

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