An Abingdon liquor store sold a winning Powerball lottery ticket which may be worth as much as $107 million, the Maryland Lottery announced early Thursday morning.
The ticket was sold at Wine World on Constant Friendship Boulevard in Abingdon for a drawing held Wednesday, the agency said. The identity and hometown of the winner were not immediately known, and the lucky individual has 182 days to claim their prize.
“We are so excited to have a top-tier winner here in Maryland. It will definitely add a bright spot to an otherwise rainy week,” Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett said in a release. “We can’t wait to meet Maryland’s newest multi-millionaire.”
The jackpot was valued at an annuity totaling $107 million, with a cash option of $64.2 million, according to the Lottery. After taxes, the annuity would pay $1.2 million per year for 30 years, while the cash option would give a lump sum payment of $42.2 million.
For selling the winning ticket, Wine World will earn a commission of $25,000, Lottery officials said.
The ticket was the first winning “top-tier” Powerball ticket sold in Maryland since the state began offering the game in January 2010. The “top-tier” designation means that the player hit all of the winning numbers, which were 3,5,18,27,54, and the Powerball number of 13, the Lottery said.
A second-tier win means the player missed one number and is awarded $200,000, while a third-tier win means the player missed two numbers and earns $10,000.
From the Maryland Lottery:
(Baltimore) – Along with the torrential downpours, it’s raining cash here in Maryland. Last night, for the first time ever, a winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Maryland. The lucky ticket for last night’s drawing was purchased in Harford County at Wine World, located at 406-A Constant Friendship Blvd. in Abingdon. Wine World will receive a $25,000 commission for selling the ticket. Last night’s winning numbers were 3, 5, 18, 27, 54 and Power Ball 13.
“We are so excited to have a top-tier winner here in Maryland. It will definitely add a bright spot to an otherwise rainy week,” said Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett. “We can’t wait to meet Maryland’s newest multi-millionaire.”
Lottery officials urge the winner to sign the back of the ticket. The winner, who has 182 days to claim, can decide between the $107 million annuity or a $64.2 million cash option. After taxes, the annuity will pay approximately $1.2 million per year for 30 years. If the cash option is chosen, the winner will receive a lump payment of $42.2 million.
The multi-state Powerball game is played in 44 jurisdictions – including Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Powerball drawings can be seen locally on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, channel 11. Additionally, results can always be found on mdlottery.com.
Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded more than $18.73 billion in prizes to players and $12.2 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com.