Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:20 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2012 3:20 PM
Source: Assocated Press
BALTIMORE - They call themselves "The Three Amigos", two public school teachers and a school administrator in Maryland who are sharing part of the jackpot from last month's record Mega Millions drawing. Together, they are the owners of one of the three winning tickets sold across the country for the $656 million jackpot. State lottery officials say the winners, who want to remain anonymous, are planning trips to Europe, new homes and college educations for their kids. And they all plan to keep working, saying they are committed to their students. Each will get $35 million, after taxes.
Lottery officials say each of the winners has been working multiple jobs to make ends meet. The head of the Maryland Lottery says, "If it can't be you, these people are precisely the people you would want to see win." The announcement that the three school workers were holders of the ticket purchased in Maryland confirmed that the woman who came forward last week, claiming to hold the winning ticket, wasn't telling the truth.The real winners told lottery officials that they watched the news coverage of the phony claim, and joked about it knowing they held the real winner.