Maryland is one of the 11 states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous (SC is another) so we probably won't learn much about the person who won the record breaking $730,000,000 Powerball winner from Wednesday night. But we can be pretty sure they didn't have much money to begin with.
The winning ticket was sold was sold at a local quickie mart in the struggling coal mining town of Lonaconing, Maryland.
With about 300 families living there, the people have been living with a poverty rate of more than 22%, which is well above the national average of 10 percent. According to the local mayor, a local couple holds the winner – but he’s not spilling any beans, other than to say they’ve long been “a kind and active presence in the small town.”
"I'm very glad they were the winners," says Mayor Jack Coburn. "They both have always been very good citizens and nice people in our community. I'm just very glad it was someone local. We're very fortunate. I'm sure they'll do good things with the money and help others, because they are just those kind of people. I'm just very happy for them."
Fun facts: The odds of winning the big prize were 1 in 292,201,338 and if they chose the lump sum cash option it's .$546 million. They would owe 131 million in taxes which leaves them 415 million. They could give ever one of the 298 other residents a million each and still have 117 million in their bank account.