Mt. Airy Family Claims $26 Million Mega Millions Winning Ticket
At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, before going to bed, a Mt. Airy man jokingly told his fiancée they were going to wake up as millionaires. One hour later, while they were sound asleep, that premonition became a reality.
When the woman woke up the next morning, she went online to check her tickets and realized they were $26 million richer. Before calling her fiancé, she had her daughter check the numbers on the ticket, too.
"I am still in denial," said the grandmother-of-two who chose to remain anonymous. "I even drove by the store the next day to see if it was real. One look at the parking lot with all the news vans and I knew it was true."
The lucky winner, who babysits her grandchildren, playfully told her daughter that she could no longer watch the kids -- unless it was at the beach. That's because the 48-year-old retiree plans to buy a beach house -- or two. "This will be the first time anyone from our family has ever owned a home," the winner told Lottery officials. "There have been so many winners in Western Maryland lately, we're glad we were one of them."