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A winning Mega Millions lottery ticket sold at Lady’s Liquor in La Plata, Md.

One winner of the $414 million Mega Millions lottery bought the ticket at a store called Lady’s Liquor in La Plata.

Lottery officials in Maryland said two tickets — the one sold there and another bought at a gas station and convenience store in Florida — match all six numbers from Tuesday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers are 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.

After sales were reconciled, Maryland lottery officials updated the total amount of the jackpot prize from $400 million to $414 million Wednesday.

The jackpot has a cash option of $230.9 million. In Maryland, the winner would take home about $76.4 million after taxes, officials said.

The Maryland winner, who has not stepped forward, has 182 days to claim the prize. But Maryland is one of six states that does not require the winner to disclose his or her name.

Officials’ advice to Tuesday’s winner: Find your ticket, sign it, put it in a safe place, and seek legal and financial advice. Then come claim the prize.

“I’ve seen people who come in the next day after finding out on the news the night before that they won,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “They hadn’t slept. And they have to make a whole bunch of decisions.”

The owner of Lady’s Liquor, 6474 Crain Hwy., will receive a $100,000 commission for selling the winning jackpot ticket.

Manager Jay Jhala said he didn’t know who the lottery winner was but suspected it was one of his regular customers. He and his staff said they sold between 15 and 20 Mega Million tickets an hour over the past two days.

“I hope it is one of the local guys who plays the lottery regularly,” he said. “Maybe it is their dream, and their wishes can come true.”

Even though Maryland allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, about 25 percent allow lottery officials to identify them to the public.

Tuesday’s jackpot is the third-largest lottery prize among Mega Millions jackpots, according to officials. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was for $656 million in 2012 and included three tickets that were sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. Three people who worked in public education shared Maryland’s portion— $218 million— of that jackpot.

The Tuesday jackpot is also one of the largest wins in Maryland.

Florida lottery officials said the winning ticket there was sold at a Sunoco convenience store on Merritt Island, southeast of Orlando. It is the first time a winning Mega Millions ticket has been sold in Florida since the state started selling the lottery drawing last year.

The Tuesday drawing also had eight $1 million winners. One of those tickets was sold at Waterbury Liquors in Crownsville, Md.

The Mega Millions game is played in 43 states, the District and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There’s a range of how winners deal with their newfound money.

In the fall, a man who won a $189 million Mega Millions jackpot after buying a ticket at an Anne Arundel convenience store claimed his ticket with his family at lottery headquarters in Maryland. They hid their faces behind signs, which read: “We are so . . . blessed, excited, fortunate, happy!!”

The man hid his winning ticket in an unplugged lamp for more than a week before claiming his prize. He said he dreamed that his relatives told him the winning numbers the night before he bought a ticket at a Dash In convenience store in Severn.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.


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