Maryland winner of Mega Millions jackpot comes forward

LONDON. April 10. KAZINFORM A winner has come forward to claim part of the record $656m (£413m) Mega millions jackpot, lottery officials in the US state of Maryland said.

The winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven shop in Milford Mill, outside the state's largest city, Baltimore.

The winner will split the prize with two others from Illinois and Kansas, BBC News reports.

A lottery spokeswoman confirmed that a winner had come forward but said she could not give any details before a news conference on Tuesday.

Mega Millions spokeswoman Carole Everett said the Maryland winner would remain anonymous, but the lottery would share a "storyline" with the public at the news conference, the Baltimore Sun reported .

Last week, Mirlande Wilson, a woman from Maryland, said she held the winning ticket but lottery officials had said at the time that there were doubts about whether she was in fact the winner.

The world's biggest ever jackpot was drawn on 31 March. It had been growing since the end of January as there had been no winners in the earlier draws.

Each winner is expected to receive about $218m before tax. The winners can choose between receiving their full allotment in 26 annual payments, or a lower instant cash option.

The Kansas winner came forward on Friday but has also chosen to stay anonymous. The Illinois winner has not so far claimed their prize.

Maryland was home to a lottery winner in 2007, when Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett won about $27m after taxes.


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