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$150,000 Big Game ticket sold in Hagerstown

April 09, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

Two tickets sold in Maryland for Friday night's multi-state Big Game lottery drawing turned out to be worth $150,000 each, including one that was purchased in Hagerstown, Maryland Lottery officials said Monday.

Twelve people who work together on an evening shift pooled their money and purchased one of the two tickets at the Maugans Avenue Texaco, Lottery officials said. The winners were not identified.

A second ticket worth $150,000 was sold at the Festival Spirit & Wine Shop in Bel Air, Md. That ticket holder had not come forward by Monday afternoon, Lottery officials said.

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No players matched all five numbers plus the Big Money gold ball Friday night, leaving unclaimed the $115 million jackpot. The winning numbers were 8, 21, 35, 47, 50, and the Big Money Ball was 15.

To win the jackpot, players must correctly match five numbered balls between 1 and 50 and the Big Money Ball number between 1 and 36. The $150,000 winners got all five numbers but missed the bonus ball.

"It's been a long time since we had a winner in Maryland," Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Gail Pelovitz said.

After Friday's drawing, a man stopped in at the Maugans Avenue Texaco to ask where a Big Game winner would go to claim the prize, Manager Vicki Shackelford said. She didn't know his name, but said he told her he had to share the prize with several others.

In the two years that she's worked at the Maugans Avenue Texaco, Shackelford said, the $150,000 was the largest prize ever won on a Big Game ticket sold there.

People who buy their Big Game tickets at the Maugan's Avenue Texaco are mainly from Washington County or Pennsylvania, Shackelford said.

Big Game sales at the end of last week were slow but steady, she said.

"We get a lot but it's not overwhelming. We hardly get a line for them," Shackelford said.

By Monday, the Big Game jackpot had grown to an estimated annuity value of $153 million for today's 11:07 p.m. drawing. The cash option would be $81.8 million.

Winners have 182 days in which to claim their prizes by contacting the Lottery office in Baltimore at 1-410-318-6200, Pelovitz said.

The odds of winning the $150,000 are around 1 in 2 million, she said.

The Big Game is a multi-state lottery game with tickets sold in Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois and Georgia.

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