FL, MD winners of $414M Mega Millions jackpot collect prize

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Baltimore, MD, United States (4E) – The winners of the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn in March claimed their share of the prize last week, lottery officials said.

Maryland lottery officials said Tuesday that the winner from the state, who chose to remain anonymous, quietly claimed half of the prize last week. The winner chose the cash option and will receive $76.4 million after taxes, according to the officials.

More than $10.1 million in tax revenue will go to Maryland while $100,000 will go to the seller of the winning ticket as bonus. The Lady’s Liquors, at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata sold the winning ticket in Maryland.

The winner of the other half of the jackpot also came forward last week to claim their prize. Robyn Ann Collier and her boyfriend took $115,448,968 in lump sum payment and placed it on a trust, according to Florida Lottery Spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen.

Collier bought the winning ticket at a Sunoco gas station on South Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island

The $414 million was the seventh largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The largest lottery jackpot in history remains $656 million. The prize was split among Mega Millions winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois in 2012.

An Anne Arundel County man also won a $189 million Mega Millions jackpot in October 2013.

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