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Photo by: CAROLING LEE

**FILE** Bernadette "Bernie" Gietka (center), winner of the $112 million interstate Mega Millions lottery, holds her winnings check at the Maryland State House in Annapolis with Maryland Gov. Robert L. Erlich (left) and Maryland Lottery Agency Director Buddy Roogow on July 2, 2003. (Caroling Lee/The Washington Times)

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