Frederick Couple Overwhelmed with Gratitude over $1 Million Win

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Powerball couple IMG_3773 webCongratulations to Maryland’s newest millionaires, Kathryn and Ricardo from Frederick! They matched five Powerball numbers and won $1 million!

Duo claim second-tier Powerball prize

Beaming from ear-to-ear, Kathryn and Ricardo entered the Winner’s Lounge this afternoon to a loud round of applause from Lottery employees. The happy couple had just claimed their $1 million Powerball prize from last night’s $1.6 billion record-breaking drawing.

“I still can’t breathe,” said 34-year-old Kathryn. “I just can’t believe I almost threw away the ticket.”

This morning, Kathryn walked into work and mentioned that she was going to throw out her Powerball ticket since there were no jackpot winners in Maryland.

One of her co-workers chimed in and told her that she may want to look at her ticket because there was a $1 million ticket sold at the Wawa on Urbana Pike in Frederick.

“I checked the ticket and saw that we won,” she said. “I went back to the store and had a cashier scan the ticket. When he said that it was too large to cash, I knew it was really happening.”

Kathryn and Ricardo didn’t waste any time before taking the trip to Baltimore to claim their prize. The grateful couple has big, but realistic, plans for their prize. Their plans include starting a college fund for their ten-month-old baby, buying a house, taking a vacation and investing. Ricardo also mentioned that he would like to buy a new truck and splurge on a nice watch. The duo plans to spend tonight celebrating with a nice dinner.

“One of the best parts about this was calling my mom,” 36-year-old Ricardo said. “All these years, I’ve wondered what it would be like to call my mom and tell her I won the lottery. It felt great to be able to make that call.”

For selling the second-tier Powerball winner, Wawa will receive a $2,500 bonus.

Last night’s drawing produced two other Maryland $1 million prizes — both in Prince George’s County. In addition, there was a $100,000 winner, 24 other winners of $50,000 and more than a half million other prizes across the state.

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