Three holders of a winning ticket in the record-breaking $656 million Mega Million jackpot have come forward in Maryland. The winners are three public school employees holding down multiple jobs, and they have chosen to remain anonymous. They are splitting the winnings of the third ticket, which will give them a little less than $35 million each after taxes.
The winners, who are referring to themselves as “The Three Amigos,” are a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 50s, and a man in his 40s. One of the winners is an elementary school teacher, one is a special education teacher, and the third is an administrative assistant, but they all hold down multiple jobs. Each contributed $20 to purchase a total of 60 tickets.
The three Maryland winners said they will keep working, citing a commitment to their students.
“If it can’t be you, these are precisely the people that you would want to see win the lottery,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, said at an April 10 news conference.
The winning Maryland ticket was one of three winning tickets selected March 30. The Maryland ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in the Baltimore area. The retailer gets $100,000 for selling the ticket.
The other two winning tickets were sold in Kansas and Illinois. The Kansas winner came forward last week, but chose to remain anonymous. No winner has come forward yet in Illinois. The winner has a year to claim the winnings.
The announcement of the Maryland winners means that Maryland resident Mirlande Wilson, the McDonald’s employee who said she had lost her winning ticket, is not the winner. Wilson held a news briefing announcing her win, but later said she had lost the ticket.
Wilson told The New York Post, “I’m still looking for it. I haven’t even looked in my uniform pants yet,” she said. “I’m still looking everywhere to find it, in my purse, everywhere.”
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