Alas, the Mid-Atlantic missed out on the biggest piece of the Powerball jackpot when a $758.7 million ticket was sold in Massachusetts — the largest single-ticket payout in U.S. history. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to celebrate: One $1 million ticket was sold in Virginia, and another was sold in Maryland.
One golden ticket was sold at Parkway Express at 8105 Loisdale Road in Lorton, Va., just off Interstate 95. Ron Mason, the store’s manager, said the person who bought the ticket hasn’t come forward yet, but a Powerball representative came to the store with a banner marking the occasion. That banner now hangs out front.
The winner matched the first five numbers, striking out only with the Powerball number, officials said, and was one of more than 240,000 winners in the state.
“It’s our first time, and I hope it’s not our last,” Mason said.
In Maryland, another $1 million ticket was sold at Potomac Shell at 12140 Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg, which will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling the ticket. The identity of that winner hasn’t been made public. The clock is ticking, according to lottery officials — the winner has 182 days to come forward.
“The winner is urged to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe location until he or she can come to lottery headquarters at 1800 Washington Boulevard in Baltimore to claim the prize,” Maryland lottery officials said in a news release.
There were also two $50,000 tickets sold, officials said, and more than 200,000 winning tickets sold throughout the state — including some for $4.