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Winning $731.1 million Powerball ticket sold in Maryland

January 21, 2021, 11:16 AM

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Wednesday’s winning $731.1 million Powerball jackpot ticket — the fourth-largest jackpot in that lottery’s history — was sold in Maryland, according to lottery officials.

A single ticket matched all six numbers in the drawing: 40, 53, 60, 68, 69, plus Powerball 22, and Power Play multiplier 3X.

The winner will have the choice between an estimated annuity of $731.1 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment of $546.8 million — before taxes, of course.

The winning ticket for Wednesday’s jackpot was sold at Coney Market in the small town of Lonaconing. in Allegany County, located in northwestern Maryland.

Coney Market will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

“We’re really happy for somebody,” Richard Ravenscroft, the store’s owner, told The Associated Press by phone. “We don’t know who it is yet.”

Lonaconing, a former mining town, is home to about 300 families and well off the beaten track, with a poverty rate of more than 22%, well above the national average.

Coney Market, named for what locals call their town, is in a standalone building more than a century old, along Maryland’s Route 36. It’s a place where people can eat hamburgers and submarine sandwiches in a small seating area that draws its share of regulars.

“I can’t wait to congratulate the person. I just hope whoever has won it uses it wisely and that other people benefit from it,” Ravenscroft said.

Ravenscroft, for his part, wants to expand the store’s kitchen and add menu items such as mashed potatoes and gravy. Perhaps the bonus can help with that.

AC&T #130, in Hagerstown, sold a Powerball ticket with Power Play worth $2 million for the same drawing.

The Hagerstown store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the second-tier winning ticket,

“Congratulations to our winners in the Powerball drawing,” Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica said in a release. “This is a truly exciting day for Maryland as we wait to see who will step forward to claim the jackpot and the $2 million prize.”

The winner or winners of the $731.1 million jackpot may never be known. Maryland is one of a handful of states where the Powerball winner can stay anonymous. But keeping quiet about such a huge windfall could prove difficult if the ticket was bought by a local.

Following the win, the new jackpot drops to an estimated $20 million for the next drawing Saturday.

Top 10 Powerball jackpots:

  1. $1.586 billion — Jan. 13, 2016 — California, Florida, Tennessee
  2. $768.4 million — March 27, 2019 — Wisconsin
  3. $758.7 million — Aug. 23, 2017 — Massachusetts
  4. $731.1 million — Jan. 20, 2021 — Maryland
  5. $687.8 million — Oct. 27, 2018 — Iowa, New York
  6. $590.5 million — May 18, 2013 — Florida
  7. $587.5 million — Nov. 28, 2012 — Arizona, Missouri
  8. $564.1 million — Feb. 11, 2015 — North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas
  9. $559.7 million — Jan. 6, 2018 — New Hampshire
  10. $487.0 million — July 30, 2016 — New Hampshire

The prize also was the fifth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot.

The largest ever lottery jackpots in the nation were the $1.586 billion Powerball on Jan. 13, 2016, followed by the $1.537 billion Mega Million on Oct. 23, 2018.

Another 12 Powerball tickets matched all five white balls but missed matching the red Powerball, winning $1 million each. One of the tickets, which was sold in Maryland, ended up with the prize doubled to $2 million. The winner had chosen the option called Power Play for an extra dollar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wednesday’s winning $731.1 million Powerball jackpot ticket — the fourth largest jackpot in the lottery’s history — was sold in Maryland.

Who Won the $731 Million Powerball?

The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in a former mining town in Maryland. “We don’t know for who,” the shopkeeper said, “but we are happy for somebody.”

  • Jan. 21, 2021

Someone in Maryland is suddenly $731 million richer.

A jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold at a convenience store in Lonaconing, Md., a down-on-its-luck former mining town in the virus-battered northwestern corner of the state. The ticket matched all six numbers during Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing.

The $731.1 million jackpot is the fourth largest in Powerball’s 28-year history and the sixth largest lottery jackpot ever in the United States, Powerball announced on Thursday. The drawing was the highest the Powerball jackpot has been since March 2019, when it rose to $768 million.

Powerball did not immediately name the winner. Lottery winners in Maryland can choose to remain anonymous, and they have at least 182 days to claim the prize.

The winning ticket was sold at Coney Market, a convenience store that sells subs and pizza in Lonaconing, a small town — population 1,200 — in Allegany County, which has the most Covid-19 cases per capita in the state. About a quarter of the population of Lonaconing lives below the poverty line, according to census data.

“We were surprised and very happy,” Richard Ravenscroft, the store’s owner, said in an interview on Thursday. “We don’t know for who, but we are happy for somebody.”

The store will receive a $100,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 40, 53, 60, 68, 69 and a Powerball of 22.

According to Powerball, the winner can choose to have an estimated pretax annuity of $731.1 million paid in 30 payments over 29 years, or a lump sum of $546.8 million, also before taxes. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Another national lottery closed in on a record jackpot this week: Before its drawing on Friday, Mega Millions estimates that its jackpot will reach $970 million, which would be the second-largest prize in the game’s history.

A lingering mythology holds that the winners of big jackpots become cursed after their strokes of good fortune. There are numerous accounts of winners who, unequipped to manage their newfound wealth, go on to struggle with substance abuse, ruined relationships and insolvency.

One influential study in 1978 found that lottery winners were not any happier than their neighbors or more optimistic about the future. But other studies have countered the notion of the so-called lottery curse, suggesting that the winners’ general psychological well-being bounces back over time after cashing in the prize.

Mr. Ravenscroft, who has owned Coney Market for six years, said he wished the winner luck. “I really think that they have quite an opportunity, and I hope they use good judgment,” he said.

The Powerball jackpot was last hit in New York in the Sept. 16 drawing. Since then, there had been 35 games in a row without a jackpot winner until Wednesday.

The next drawing will be on Saturday, when the Powerball jackpot resets to $20 million.

The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in a former mining town in Maryland. “We don’t know for who,” the shopkeeper said, “but we are happy for somebody.”