Maryland Mega Millions winner bought ticket through a ‘quick pick’

A very lucky person — or persons? — won a share of the landmark $640 million Mega Millions jackpot through a “quick pick” at a Baltimore County convenience store, Maryland Lottery officials said Saturday.

The winning number was purchased at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the 7-Eleven at 8014 Liberty Rd. in Baltimore County, and the buyer allowed the computer to pick the numbers, Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said. .

The buyer has not yet come forward, Everett said.

The Associated Press reported that the 7-Eleven is located on main road, among fast-food restaurants and small businesses. It will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket, AP said. The manager declined comment to AP.

The winner is one of three nationwide who will split the $640 million. The other winning tickets were sold in Illinois and Kansas.

Everett said a record $11.8 million was spent on lottery tickets Friday in Maryland, beating the previous record of $5.8 million set for a single day in 2007.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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