Dinner Out Leads to $1 Million Powerball Win

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Education worker is state’s newest millionaire

A Baltimore resident who stopped by a Lottery retailer in November for a sandwich and a drink unknowingly turned his meal into a Powerball winner dinner. The grandfather of eight added a Powerball ticket to his purchase and, the next day, became a new Maryland millionaire.

Employed in the education field, the lucky man let days pass before he thought to check the $6 ticket. He has played Powerball and Mega Millions for 20 years and never imagined he would win. Checking his tickets right away isn’t a priority. “Then, I heard where the winning ticket was from and I had been there so I checked my numbers,” he said.

Five numbers quick-picked by the machine (10-29-37-44-59) hit in the Nov. 16 drawing! The father of an adult son and daughter didn’t cheer or shout but he did share his good news by text with his daughter. She and her husband accompanied him to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore so he could claim his prize and she pulled up the conversation on her phone.

“I’m the person who won the $1 million Powerball drawing,” he wrote. “Are you lying?” she texted back. “Nope,” was his quick reply.

The 59-year-old has no plans yet for his winnings. He plans to continue working and has done so since he won. He also plans to keep the news within his immediate family.

Maryland is definitely a lucky Powerball state. The number of Maryland Powerball millionaires continues to grow. In 2013, 13 players won the second-tier prize and in 2011, Marylanders won two Powerball jackpots.

The lucky ticket was purchased at John’s Elmwood Tavern located at 4423-25 Kenwood Avenue in Baltimore.

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