Maryland's Lottery Winners Are the Absolute Nicest

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The anticipated storyline of the actual Maryland Mega Millions winners didn't turn out to be very dramatic, but they're really nice-sounding folks so we'll forgive them.

The three public school workers (an elementary school teacher, special education teacher, and administrative worker) who will split  $110 million said they planned to keep working in education because they "can't give up on the kids," which, of course, immediately puts them on a fast track to good-guy status. Also, the one who actually held the ticket when the winning numbers were announced was very good about alerting the other two, Baltimore's CBS affiliate reported: "Officials told WJZ the night of the drawing  one woman had all the tickets spread out on the floor. She saw they had a winning ticket and called the other two winners.  One of the winners thought the other two were pulling an April Fool’s joke." Contrast that to fake-winner Mirlande Wilson's false claim that she had won on her own, even though she bought tickets with her co-workers. One last funny detail points to either a charmingly humble mindset or someone who has not yet put two and two together: According to CBS, one winner said, "I watched coverage of the jackpot win on television all week, just so I could listen to the financial advice the professionals were offering." We're pretty sure you can afford to pay for financial advice now, lottery winner.

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