Three School Teachers Win 35 Million Each In Mega Millions Record Jackpot Drawing
As news continues to trickle out about the lucky winners of the record-breaking 656 Million dollar Mega Millions jackpot, some of it is undeniably positive. There were three winning tickets sold: one from Kansas, one from Illinois and one from Maryland. Today news broke about the Maryland winning lottery ticket.
It was purchased by a trio of teachers who call themselves 'the three amigos.' The trio each chipped in $20 for a total of sixty lottery tickets in the big drawing. Amazingly, this was the very first time that they had partnered as a syndicate to get more tickets and improve their odds of winning. Some may call it beginners luck, others understand the strategy of spreading the investment around to get more chances to win!
The three teachers have agreed to remain anonymous because they want to keep their jobs and live normal lives even though they are now multimillionaires many times over. "If it can't be you, these are precisely the people that you would want to see win the lottery" said Stephen Martino, Director of The Maryland Lottery.
Since Maryland allows winners to remain anonymous it is very likely that their own students and co-workers will never know that each of the three teachers is now the winner of a 35 million dollar lump sum payment after taxes.
The night of the drawing, the winner holding the actual tickets went to sleep and had forgotten about the lottery. "It was around 11:30 p.m. and my phone just kept ringing and ringing." As luck would have it, those rings were from the two other winners calling to say "Get dressed. We're coming over right now!"
The winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill, Maryland. The retailer who owns the store where it was sold gets and added bonus of $100,000 just for selling the winning ticket!