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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/06/2012

$125 million Powerball winners finally step forward to claim prize

The lucky owners of a winning $125 million Powerball ticket — purchased Christmas Eve in Elkton — finally showed up Friday at Maryland State Lottery offices to identify themselves as the winners.

Sort of.

Maryland is one of several states that allow winners to stay anonymous, and these winners elected to do so.


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Here’s what we do know, according to lottery officials: The winning couple is from Pennsylvania. They haven’t decided whether to opt for the $128.8 million annuity or $81 million in cash. Also, they are now very, very rich.

The husband had gone to Wesley’s, a popular Elkton restaurant and liquor store not far from the Pennsylvania border, to buy a case of beer on Christmas Eve.

“The Mega Millions jackpot was larger, but the drawing for Powerball was that evening, so I bought two tickets for that drawing,” the winner told officials.

“I checked my tickets on Christmas day,” said the winner. “When I saw the numbers, I started stomping on the floor and shouted to my wife to come upstairs.”

His wife raced upstairs and found her husband holding the winning ticket. His hands were shaking.

“We were in shock,” she said. “At first, we thought we’d won $20 million. To discover it was over $125 million was unreal.”

Congrats to you both, whoever you are.

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