This story was updated on Feb. 21, 2013.
Before going to bed Tuesday evening, a Mount Airy man joked with his fiancee that they were going to wake up the next day as millionaires.
The next day they found themselves the holders of a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $26 million.
“I’m still in denial,” his fiancee, a grandmother of two, said in a Maryland Lottery news release. “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 couple declined to have their names released by lottery officials.
The 48-year-old Mega Millions winner said that she plans to buy a beach house.
“This will be the first time anyone from our family has ever owned a home,” the winner said. “There’s been so many winners in Western Maryland lately, we’re glad we’re one of them.”
Because she chose the cash option, she will take home $12.6 million after taxes.
The top-tier ticket was drawn Tuesday and is the second big payout in Frederick County in the last two weeks, according to state lottery officials.
It was bought at the Mount Airy Shell station at 649 Lakeview Dr., a Maryland Lottery news release said.
“We are happy.... Maybe our lottery sales will be up for this season,” Moynul Mozumder, owner of the Mount Airy gas station, said Wednesday.
Mozumder, a Germantown resident, will receive a $26,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.
On Feb. 12, a 34-year-old Middletown man claimed a winning Powerball contest ticket worth $1 million.
The second-tier ticket was sold at Fountaindale Service Center at 4304 Old National Pike in Middletown. The man also declined to allow his name to be released publicly, a release said.
The service center will receive a $2,500 commission for selling the winning ticket.
Tuesday’s ticket is the first Maryland Mega Millions jackpot winner since the $218.6 million jackpot claimed by three educators last March.