Glinda Salgado sells plenty of Virginia Lottery tickets at the Elden Market and Deli that her family owns in Herndon. She’s seen many of her customers win prizes. But this time it was her turn — she won a $3 million jackpot.
When Salgado heard that the winning $3 million ticket had been sold at her store, she thought, “Oh good, somebody won. Yay!”
The Chantilly resident didn’t realize at first that it was a ticket she had bought that matched the first five numbers in a March 14 Mega Millions drawing. On Monday, she came forward as lottery officials presented her with an oversized check at her store.
“I didn’t think it was me, so I didn’t check my ticket,” said Salgado.
The winning numbers were 7, 20, 40, 54, 69, and the Mega Ball number was 12. Salgado’s ticket didn’t match the Mega Ball number, but lottery officials said that she spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier when she bought the ticket. That increased her prize to $3 million.
Salgado said she had no immediate plans for her winnings. Her store received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
The chances of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18.4 million, according to lottery officials. Virginia has had eight jackpot winners since 2002.
Salgado’s win comes as lottery officials in Maryland are still waiting for a winner to come forward in one of the biggest jackpots of Mega Millions. Someone bought a winning ticket that matched all six numbers at Lady’s Liquor in LaPlata, southeast of Washington, D.C. The ticket was one of two that won a $414 million jackpot on March 18. The other winning ticket was sold at a gas and service station in Merritt Island, Fla., just south of Cape Canaveral.
“We haven’t heard a peep!” Erica Palmisano, a spokeswoman for the Maryland lottery group, said about the winner in Maryland.
Maryland is one of six states where jackpot winners can remain anonymous if they choose. The winning numbers were: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.
The winner has 182 days to claim the prize.
The jackpot has a cash option of $230.9 million. If the winner takes the cash option, he or she will take home about $76.4 million after taxes.
Maryland lottery officials said it is not uncommon for a winner to take his or her time coming in to claim the jackpot, as they seek legal and financial advice first.
The Mega Millions game is played in 43 states, the District and the U.S. Virgin Islands.