ALMOST four months after the winning ticket went on sale, a group of Maryland residents came to claim their $730 million Powerball jackpot, but left one more mystery to their neighbors.
The “The source“claimed the multi-million dollar prize, the largest in Maryland Lottery history,” but chose to remain anonymous, leaving the world wondering who took home the huge jackpot.
According to the Cumberland Times-News, the group chose to receive a one-time payment of more than $366 million after taxes.
Lonaconing, or “Coney” as the locals call it, boasts a population of just 1,200.
After the winning ticket was sold, rumors about the identities of the winners began to circulate.
One Lonaconing couple, rumored to be winners, had to issue a public statement confirming they didn’t win the jackpot to prevent claims.
And the owner of Coney Market, which receives a bonus for selling tickets, has received requests from locals asking for money to fix their homes and farms.
Lonaconing’s poverty rate, 24%, is more than double Maryland’s poverty rate.
It is unclear whether the winners, who claimed the jackpot in May, live in Lonaconing or just bought tickets there.
Using the Quick Pick function, the person purchasing a lottery ticket on behalf of the “Power Pack” could not even select the numbers to be drawn.
That disproves a popular theory: that the numbers are indicative of some indication to the Power Pack, like the ages of the members or their children.
The payout comes after a four-month period without a Powerball winner, allowing the game’s jackpot to grow significantly.
When the winning Powerball ticket was sold, there was also an unclaimed $970 million Mega Millions prize, the third-largest prize in US lottery history.
This is the first time both lottery jackpots have hit $700 million.
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