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Million dollar lottery winner sold at local tavern

January 03, 2007|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A $1 million winning Maryland Lottery ticket was sold at McNamee's Tavern in Fairplay, and somebody purchased a $50,000 winning ticket at Valley Mall near Hagerstown.

The Countdown to Millions winning numbers were announced Monday night.

The winners had not come forward as of Tuesday afternoon, said Gail Pelovitz, public affairs officer for the Maryland State Lottery Agency.

After taxes, the payout for the $1 million ticket is $672,500, and the payout for the $50,000 ticket is $33,625, Pelovitz said.

Countdown to Millions was a limited-run raffle game that began Nov. 20. Tickets sold for $20 each. Pelovitz said purchasers had to match set numbers exactly to win.

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"So, there were definitely going to be (winners)," Pelovitz said.

Four $1 million prizes were awarded statewide. The game also included eight $50,000 prizes and 800 prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000, according to a written statement.

The game offered the "best chances we have ever given out of winning $1 million," Pelovitz said.

Maryland Lottery sold about 325,000 tickets, short of its $420,000 goal, Pelovitz said. She attributed the lower-than-hoped-for sales to the lottery's advertising agency shutting down at about the time tickets went on sale. The game wasn't marketed as heavily as planned, she said.

Mark McNamee, owner of McNamee's Tavern, said after the tavern explained the game to patrons, people began buying tickets.

"You had to really tell people about the game, he said.

The buzz about selling a $1 million ticket was exciting, McNamee said.

"We're just hoping somebody needs it," McNamee said. "Someone's happy somewhere. Either that, or they don't know it yet."

Winning numbers can be found on mdlottery.com and at lottery retailers. The Maryland State Lottery Agency says the $1 million and $50,000 prizes must be claimed at the Baltimore Customer Resource Center, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 330, Baltimore, MD 21230. All prizes must be claimed within 182 days of the drawing.

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