$1 Million Powerball Winner to Buy First Home

Monday, August 26th, 2013
 James Smith - Powerball

James Smith of Lansdowne, left, is joined by his roommate at Maryland Lottery
headquarters in Baltimore, where he claimed the second-tier $1 million prize
in the Aug. 24 Powerball drawing.

Maryland angler hooks second-tier prize from Saturday night’s drawing

James Smith set off on a fishing trip Saturday unaware that he’d hooked a prize catch worth $1 million before he even left shore. The avid fisherman walked around with the winning second-tier Powerball ticket in his pocket all day and night before finally checking it at home on Sunday.

“I only play Powerball and Mega Millions,” James explained. “I had 20 tickets for this drawing and this was probably the seventh ticket I checked.”

As soon as the Lansdowne man saw that he had matched five numbers, he rushed upstairs to ask his roommate to go on the Maryland Lottery’s website to see if he was indeed a big winner. Sure enough, James held a ticket worth $1 million.

“I just put the ticket into my wallet and waited for Monday,” James said. “I haven’t told anyone about the win yet except my roommate.”

James’s roommate, who accompanied him to Lottery headquarters, was quick to pipe up, “He probably won’t be able to keep this a secret for too long.”

For now, James plans to put the money toward a home of his own. “I’m disabled, so I want to get a nice one-level rancher to make moving around easier,” he said. “I would definitely like something with brick.”

James found his Powerball luck at the 7-Eleven #39352 located at 3023 Hammonds Ferry Road in Baltimore City.

  • Loubella Mangis

    Ephesians 5:5
    For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

  • Loubella Mangis

    I tried to watch your youtube channel but I stopped watching when I heard you call your life partner dummer than dog s***. Why do you say such mean spirited things to somebody you say you love? God looks upon all of us as one and he expects his children to do the same. Nobody is better in the eyes of the Almighty. I pray for your soul, Cosmic Joe.

  • Joseph White

    Looked at a home today with my friend James Smith and thanks to the Maryland Lottery,he will live happily ever after in it.

  • Mary Francis

    This guy looks so happy. Kind of creeps me out to see his hippy roommate there with his hand held out though. Way to go guy!

    • Joseph White

      just sharing in his luck,not his winnings

      • Mary Francis

        Dude, you are blasting all over this site bragging and it’s not even yours. Old dude asking for youtube and twitter followers just creeps me out. I hope this guy has an attorney to keep your hands out of something that isn’t yours.

  • Loubella Mangis

    great job

  • Loubella Mangis

    What a sweet couple! best of blessings to the both of you and I wish you many years of happiness, love and joy

    • Joseph White

      hahahha,just best friends LOL

  • Joseph White


  • Joseph White

    Follow me on twitter #CosmicJoe or view my videos on my YouTube channel,CosmicJoeTriumphant to see what house James Smith buys.[We all call him Jamie BTW]

  • Teri Anderson

    Congrats to you James.:-)

  • speedykoethe

    good job cuz its about time someone who deserves it wins… time to go big fishing lol… u should open a shop like clydes. invest in something u love and run with it man.. congrats and good luck….

    • Joseph White

      Thanks dude.I took him in here and he is along time friend who really cares about others.Peace from Cosmic Joe[CosmicJoeTriumphant] on YouTube. P.S.-We are both single and looking for a nice woman to settle down with.