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Mr. DeFonde, however, has done it.
After taxes are taken out, Mr. DeFonde will pocket $710,000. He said he and his wife, Susan, budgeted for the holidays prior to their win, but come next year, the plan is to take a vacation and pay off bills.
The only jackpot larger than November’s half-billion-dollar Powerball was also drawn this year. The $656 million-dollar Mega Millions jackpot captured the imagination of longtime and first time lottery players alike across the country.
Lottery players in Maryland captured part of the winnings, something Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett pointed out.
“So ‘Ha!’ to them,” she said with a laugh about Virginia’s winning streak.
Ms. Everett said Maryland has had two Powerball jackpot winners since the lottery game started in the state. During last month’s Powerball drawing, 10 tickets sold in Maryland won $10,000. In total, the state had more than 225,000 winning tickets during the record-breaking Powerball lottery, Ms. Everett said, though their prizes ranged from$4 to $2 million.
“Who wouldn’t have wanted $587 million? But there’s lots and lots of other winners,” she said.
Prakash Patek, the 39-year-old owner of the BP station, is also a winner. Because his store sold the winning ticket, he was given a $10,000 commission, which he is using to take his family on a trip to India for the holidays.
And while Virginia Lottery officials shrug off any notion that their state is luckier than another, perhaps Mr. Patek is the one with the magic touch. The same store that sold Mr. DeFonde’s ticket also sold a $52,000 scratch-off ticket. Last year at another store he owns in Manassas, Mr. Patek sold a $1 million scratch-off ticket.
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