Maryland Man Wins Magical Mega Millions Jackpot
(Baltimore) – It’s official! Bunky Bartlett from Dundalk is Maryland’s newest multi-millionaire. He is one of four winners nationwide to split the $330 million jackpot from Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing, giving each winner $82.5 million. The 40-year-old accountant brought his winning ticket to Lottery headquarters today for the official verification process.
“We are thrilled to bring the Mega Millions jackpot back to Maryland,” said Lottery Director Buddy Roogow. “We wish Bunky and his family all the best as they celebrate this extraordinary occasion.”
Bartlett’s wife bought $10 of Mega Millions tickets Friday evening – just hours before the big drawing. He says it’s the best investment they have ever made. Bunky chose the cash option of $48.6 million, giving him over $32.6 million after taxes.
The ordained minister will help expand Mystickal Voyage, a new age store and spend his time teaching Reiki, a form of Japanese energy healing. The father-of-two, an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old, has already bought an SUV for his daughter.
“I took a copy of my ticket to the car dealership and drove off with a brand new car,” said Bunky. “Other than my marriage and the births of my children, this is the best feeling I’ve ever had.”
Bunky’s ticket was purchased at Walther Liquors in Nottingham. Liquor store owners Christina and John Ebmeier will receive a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The other winning tickets were purchased in New Jersey, Virginia and Texas. The $330 million jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history. In March, Mega Millions set the world record with a $390 million jackpot.