3 Maryland Friends to Split Mega Millions Riches Each goes home with $34.997M after paying Uncle Sam By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Apr 10, 2012 7:47 AM CDT 3 comments Comments Mega Millions lottery ticket forms. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Mirlande Wilson apparently lost something other than her "winning" ticket (her mind?), because Maryland's Mega Millions prize has officially been claimed, and the riches go to three friends who work together in the state's public school system—where they say they'll continue to work. They'll each walk away with $34.997 million after taxes, and they plan on staying anonymous. Want to mimic their good luck? Fox News shares their method: They each spent $20 on 60 tickets, which were purchased at three different locations. "They were modest," says the Maryland Lottery director. "They were humbled by this stroke of luck they've received."