BALTIMORE - Maryland lottery officials say a Pennsylvania couple has claimed a $128.8 million Powerball prize in Maryland.
The couple, who chose to stay anonymous, claimed the prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Baltimore. They were accompanied by a lawyer.
The couple was the sole winners of the prize. The winning numbers were drawn Christmas Eve, and the ticket was purchased at Wesley's, a restaurant in Elkton. Wesley's will receive a $25,000 commission.
The prize is the second-largest jackpot in Maryland. A Baltimore County woman won $183 million in the Mega Millions drawing in 2003.
Lottery officials say the couple has not decided whether to take the $128.8 million annuity or the cash option of $81 million. They plan to use the prize money to pay off debts and donate to charity.
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