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June 24, 2013

Garrett County couple win $1 million top prize on scratch-off lottery ticket

Payout for residents who want to remain anonymous is $506,242

 GRANTSVILLE — A local Garrett County couple recently won the $1 million top prize from the Maryland Lottery’s Double Dollar Fortune scratch-off ticket. The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at Chestnut Ridge Liquor Store.

“We are very excited. I’m in shock,” said the winner. “When I found out, I ran two laps through the house.”

The couple plan to use the money toward retirement and traveling. They plan on continuing to work.

The winner purchases scratch-offs about twice a month and had previously won $150 on Powerball.

The Double Dollar ticket costs $20 and has three top prizes of $1 million, seven prizes of $50,000, 17 prizes of $10,000 and many smaller prizes, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The other two $1 million prizes still remain to be drawn.

The couple who won chose the cash option prize of $764,140. The payout after taxes were collected is $506,242. The winner can also choose an annuity that is paid out over 20 years.

The estimated probability of winning a prize in the game is 1 in 2.71.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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