Someone Has a Million Reasons to Smile This Week
Greater Annapolis shop owner said Mega Millions Lottery winner is a man who’s a regular, but that’s all he’s saying.
There’s a new millionaire in Annapolis and it’s a man, or so said Wan Kang, owner of the Quik Mart, who sold the winning Mega Millions Lottery ticket.
“Yeah, regular customer,” Kang said.
According to a statement issued by the Maryland Lottery, “One lucky Maryland Lottery player woke up on Saturday morning as a new millionaire. Although there was no jackpot winner, a $1 million Megaplier second-tier ticket was sold at Quik Mart, located at 2042 West St. in Annapolis.”
As for that “lucky Maryland Lottery player,” Kang wouldn't give too much away.
“I know, but I can’t tell you,” he said. “Man. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Kang, with his wife Sun Kang, have owned the store and the attached Citgo station for 10 years. They're originally from South Korea. They said they couldn’t be happier with the win, which does mean some money for them.
"The retailer is going to get $2,500 for selling the second-tier Mega Millions with the Megaplier," said Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery.
Wins like this don’t happen too often for the store, which offers a table and chairs for customers to sit and take their time with picking lottery numbers.
“This is the first time,” Kang said.
“The Megaplier feature, which began last October for an extra dollar, allows Mega Millions players to multiply their non-jackpot wins by up to four times the regular amount,” according to the Maryland Lottery’s statement. “Second-tier winners, who hit with the Megaplier on their ticket, automatically increase their $250,000 to $1 million."
Officials from the lottery wouldn't divulge much either in terms of identifying the winner.
“We were ready to release his name the moment he came forth—he’s a great guy,” Everett said. “He doesn’t want to give out his name.”
She would only say he is from Maryland.
Although calling the lucky winner a "millionaire" is bit of a misnomer.
According the lottery's website, for prizes more than $5,000 the following taxes will be withheld: 25 percent federal tax, 9.25 percent state tax for Maryland.
That's right. He'll end up with $675,500.