(BALTIMORE) — The Maryland Lottery had a message for anyone who bought Mega Millions tickets at the Baltimore store where the winning ticket was sold last week: Check your tickets.
Maryland’s lottery director, Stephen Martino, called a news conference Thursday to dispel rumors that the state’s winner had already come forward. He said he feared that doctored images of winning tickets over social media and April Fools’ Day tales had led the real winner to dispose of their ticket.
“The ticket has not been claimed,” state lottery Director Stephen Martino said Thursday. “People need to look at their tickets.”
Martino held the news conference after two people have claimed to won the bonanza, but have not shown their tickets to the state lottery office. The news conference, he said, was meant to “separate fact from fiction.”
Martino said that the winning ticket had been sold at 7:15 p.m. Friday, less than four hours before the Mega Millions drawing, at a 7-Eleven on Liberty Road.
The Quick Pick ticket was one of three in the country to match the numbers of the $656 million jackpot. The other two were sold in Kansas and Illinois and also have not been claimed.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
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