Three Maryland Teachers Claim Mega Millions Ticket

Maryland Lottery(BALTIMORE) -- The winners of the Maryland Lottery’s Mega Millions have finally come forward -- and none of them are employed by McDonald’s.

Stephen Martino, the director of the state’s lottery, said Tuesday morning that three friends who worked in the public education system came forward with the ticket.

Calling themselves “The Three Amigos,” the winners -- a man in his 40s, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 50s -- pooled their money to buy 60 tickets.  Under Maryland law, they can choose to remain anonymous and they intend to keep their riches a secret from the general public.

The youngest member of the trio reportedly kept the tickets and called the other two when she realized one set of numbers matched.

One of the winners was so unconcerned about the drawing that she went to sleep.

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“It was around 11:30 p.m., and my phone just kept ringing and ringing.  I finally decided to answer it, thinking something was wrong,” she said. 

Once she picked up, the two other winners were on the phone and said, “Get dressed.  We’re coming over right now.”

They then made copies and each signed them.

The ticket was worth $218.6 million of the $656 million jackpot.  The trio chose the cash option of $158 million.  After taxes, they will take home a little less than $35 million each.

Sold at a Baltimore County 7-Eleven, the lottery ticket was one of three in the country to match the winning numbers.  The other two were sold in Illinois and Kansas.  In Kansas, an anonymous winner was announced.

The Maryland winners said they all planned to invest their winnings and purchase new homes.  They all work multiple jobs, but said they planned to continue working in their school district.  One is an elementary teacher, another a special-education teacher and the third is in administrative support.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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