This is the first Multi-Match jackpot winner of 2022, and the winnings set the record for the largest jackpot in the game’s history.
The winning ticket and its prize
The big winner ticket held numbers 6, 10, 12, 22, 28, and 38. It was sold at Hampstead Liquors, which is located in Hampstead, Md., at 721 Hanover Pike.
The player who purchased the winning ticket can choose either a cash option of $3.75 million before taxes or $5.1 million estimated annuity, but broken out and paid in 25 different installments.
Winnings over $5,000 are subject to the following tax withholdings:
- 8% state tax for non-Maryland residents
- 8.95% for Maryland residents
- 24% federal tax for all winners
Hampstead Liquors will receive a retailer bonus of $5,100 as a reward for selling the ticket.
Past Multi-Match jackpot winners
Beginning in 2006, Multi-Match has issued some big winnings up until this point. Here are the biggest jackpot winners to date:
- Sept. 19, 2009: $4.8 million
- March 18, 2010: $4.45 million
- Dec. 16, 2010: $3.8 million
- June 8, 2015: $3.6 million
- Nov. 4, 2021: $2.2 million
Players hit the Multi-Match jackpot a total of five times last year, but the biggest prize was the $2.2 million jackpot won by “Country Girl” in Somerset County.
Claiming Multi-Match winnings
Maryland Lottery regulations require prizes larger than $25,000 to be claimed via mail or in person at the Lottery headquarters. The headquarters are located at Montgomery Park Business Center in Baltimore.
Winners who want to claim their big prize must make an appointment with the Lottery Claims Center to do so. No walk-ins are accepted.
Another option for big-ticket winners is to drop off a completed claim form, the winning ticket, and copies of their state photo ID and proof of tax ID or Social Security number. The items can be dropped at the Lottery drop box in the lobby of the headquarters.
For winnings larger than $25,000, processing and issuing of funds could take up to 30 business days.
According to Lottery officials, the lucky winner should sign the back of the winning jackpot ticket and keep it in a secure place until it can be claimed.
The winner has a total of 182 days after the drawing date to claim their big prize.