“There haven’t been a lot of big wins in this little town tucked between gentle green mountains in Maryland’s far western reaches. Coal brought work, then took it away. The railroad meant prosperity, then stopped running. They made glass here, and then they didn’t.These days, the line of cars at the First Assembly of God food giveaway is so long that the volunteers split each box into two smaller portions to feed more families.
But over the past few weeks, Lonaconing — the locals call it ‘Coney’ — has acquired a new shine, a glint of gold in iron country.” Marc Fisher with an excellent lede and story in WaPo: Powerball mystery: Someone in this tiny town won $731 million. Now everyone wants a piece of it.