Someone in Maryland is suddenly richer by $ 731 million.
A jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold at a convenience store in Lonaconing, MD, a former mining town located in the state’s virus-battered northwest corner. The ticket matched all six numbers during the Powerball drawing on Wednesday evening.
The $ 731.1 million jackpot is the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in Powerball’s 28-year history and the sixth-largest lottery jackpot in the United States, Powerball announced Thursday. It was the highest powerball jackpot 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 is sold at Coney Market, a convenience store that sells sub-pizzas in Lonaconing, a small town – population 1,200 – in Allegany County, which has the highest number of Covid-19 cases per capita in the state. According to census data, about a quarter of Lonaconing’s population live below the poverty line.
“We were shocked and very happy,” store owner Richard Ravenscroft said in an interview Thursday. “We don’t know who that is, but we are happy for someone.”
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 powerballs of 40, 53, 60, 68, 69 and 22.
According to Powerball, the winner can choose an estimated pretax annuity of $ 731.1 million paid in 30 payments over 29 years, or even a lump sum of $ 546.8 million before taxes. The probability of winning the Powerball jackpot is one in 292.2 million.
Another national lottery closed on the record jackpot this week: before its drawing on Friday, the Mega Millions estimated its jackpot would reach $ 970 million, the second-largest prize in the history of the game.
A lingering legend holds that the winner of the big jackpot is cursed after the stroke of his good fortune.
An influential study in 1978 found that lottery winners were not happy or more optimistic about their future than their neighbors. Other studies counter the notion of so-called lottery curses, suggesting that the general psychological well-being of the winners returns over time after cashing in the prize.
Mr Ravenscroft, who owns Coney Market for six years, said he wished the winner. “I really think they have plenty of opportunities, and I hope they use good judgment,” he said.
The Powerball jackpot was last hit in drawing on 16 September in New York. Since then, there were 35 games in a row without a jackpot winner as of Wednesday.
The next drawing will be on Saturday, when the Powerball Jackpot will be worth $ 20 million.