A state lottery winner has been named as the state lottery’s largest winner, despite losing his job and facing an unemployment claim.
Key points:The Maryland Lottery’s $1.2bn payout includes $900m to more than 20,000 Maryland residents who won the state’s lottery in February 2016The $900 million payout is in addition to more $800m the state is paying to about 1,100 lottery workersThe state is giving more than $800 million in unemployment benefits to workers and other job seekers, while the state has also offered more than half a billion dollars to people who applied to the state for unemployment assistance in the last six months of last year.
The $1,2bn lump sum payout is based on the state losing about 5,000 workers and the state will pay more than 2,000 of them, state lottery spokesman Dave Wilson said on Monday.
It is estimated that $900million in lottery proceeds will go towards more than 6,000 job seekers.
About 1,000 people are on unemployment benefits.
Mr Wilson said the state was making the money available to more people and it was a significant contribution to helping those who are in desperate need.
The state was the first to use the new lottery system to get the jobless claims processed, Mr Wilson said.
“I’m not going to give you an exact figure but it is an important number,” he said.
Mr Mahomes, a 50-year-old father of three from Mount Vernon, had his job in the state Lottery office when he applied for unemployment benefits, which was set up after the death of his father, a federal judge ruled.
He was among more than a million people who won a $1m prize in the lottery on February 1, 2016.
The Maryland Department of Human Resources said on Friday that more than 3,000 applicants for unemployment compensation were eligible for the new prize, and more than 1,600 people were awarded the state prize.
Mr Bell, the lottery spokesman, said the winner was awarded about $800,000 in unemployment compensation.
He said the money would go towards job training for people in the Maryland workforce, as well as providing more assistance to people with disability.
Mr Johnson, a 40-year old software engineer from Falls Church, Virginia, won $400,000 and was given $100,000 to help him with housing costs and child care.
He told ABC News the state would make the money “available to more” people in need.
Mr Harris, a 45-year veteran of the US military, was among those who received $200,000.
“It’s nice to be the winner of something like that, but at the same time it’s not enough,” he told ABC’s This Week.
“We have to look at the overall population and then we’re going to try to figure out how to help the states overall,” he added.
“But it’s going to take a while.”
Mr Mahoms was awarded $800 a month in food stamps and a $200 weekly housing stipend.
Mr Bowers, who is unemployed, won a prize of $150,000 that was matched with $500 in unemployment aid.
Mr Langston, a 48-year employee of the Maryland State Police, was awarded a $500,000 prize and $50,000 a month for three years.
He and his wife, Deb, won another $200 a month.
Mr Jones, a 65-year volunteer firefighter, won about $400 a month to help pay his rent.
Mr Campbell, who works in a manufacturing plant, was the second winner to win the state jackpot.
“He got paid to come work here,” Mr Mahomes said of Mr Campbell.
Mr Kelly, who worked at a local church, won more than twice the $1 million.
“This is the biggest jackpot I’ve ever gotten,” he joked.