If Maryland has a new multimillionaire, he or she remained as anonymous yesterday as TV's "Millionaire," John Beresford Tipton.
Although the six winning numbers were drawn by 8 p.m. Saturday, state lottery officials said they wouldn't know until sometime today whether anyone had won the record $12 million-plus Maryland Lotto jackpot.
A total of 10,256,942 tickets, each covering two bets, were sold during the past week in addition to an undetermined number of subscription sales.
Lines at tickets outlets were so long that lottery officials extended sales hours Thursday and Friday.
Lottery spokesmen said a computer check of all tickets bought would take almost 18 hours, followed by a double-checking of records.
One spokesman estimated that results would be known by 10 a.m. today.
The prize amount has been increasing for three weeks while the magic numbers eluded ticket buyers.
And the three-week drought bouyed even unlucky Lotto players, who phoned news media all day yesterday asking whether winners had been announced.
If nobody has won, the prize will be even bigger next weekend.
For those who haven't checked their tickets yet, the winning numbers were 1, 10, 12, 22, 24 and 28.
The largest previous Lotto jackpot -- $5.5 million in January 1984 -- was won by Deloise Singletary, a Baltimore nurse's aide.