Pa. Couple Claims $128M Powerball Prize In Md.


Salon Staff
January 7, 2012 1:00AM (UTC)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lottery officials say a Pennsylvania couple has claimed a $128.8 million Powerball prize in Maryland.

The couple chose to stay anonymous. The husband and wife and their lawyer claimed their prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Baltimore.

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They were the sole winners of the prize. The winning numbers were drawn Christmas Eve, and the ticket was purchased at Wesley's, a restaurant in Elkton. Wesley's will receive a $25,000 commission.

The prize is the second-largest jackpot in Maryland. A Baltimore County woman won $183 million in the Mega Millions drawing in 2003.

Lottery officials say the couple has not decided whether to take the $128.8 million annuity or the cash option of $81 million. They plan to use the prize money to pay off debts and donate to charity.

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