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W.Va. couple wins $175,000 lottery prize

April 28, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - While the mystery of when the holder of a winning lottery ticket purchased in Williamsport will claim the $175,000 prize has ended, the identity of the winner will remain a secret.

According to a Maryland Lottery news release, a Martinsburg, W.Va., couple has claimed the Mega Millions prize they won by purchasing a ticket that matched five of six numbers drawn on April 15.

The couple, who opted to remain anonymous, bought the ticket at the Sheetz convenience store on South Artizan and East Potomac streets.

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Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said the couple, whose ticket was missing only the Mega Ball number (29), did not want to be recognized for the win.

She said the husband, 74, "was very emotional."

Everett said Maryland Lottery generally prefers winners to step forward publicly because of the excitement of such a large prize.

"It's great fun to let people know about winners and to hear their story," Everett said. "People want to know about them. That's part of the fun."

Everett said Sheetz would not receive a commission for selling the winning ticket.

The wife, 76, told lottery officials the couple would use some of the money to pay off their car, pay for home repairs, "give some away and help our family," the released stated.

The winning numbers for the April 15 drawing, which had a top prize of $144 million, were 25, 26, 37, 39, 49 and 29.

According to the Mega Millions Web site, there were 20 tickets sold nationally that won a $175,000 prize, including two from Maryland.

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