Powerball Win Provides First-Class Ticket to Retirement

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

FAA Worker Claims $1 Million Prize in March 22 Drawing

Just 20 minutes from boarding a flight at Baltimore Washington International Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration employee received a Facebook alert that rerouted his day and his retirement plans.

The alert described a winning $1 million Powerball ticket sold for the March 22 drawing by JJ’s Tavern in Glen Burnie, which is the man’s favorite place to play Maryland Lottery games. The 66-year-old remembers thinking, “It can’t be me.” He carefully checked his five Powerball quick-pick tickets and, in disbelief, double-checked the winning ticket in his hand. “It was me!”

The Glen Burnie resident swiftly rescheduled his flight to San Antonio, Texas, collected his suitcases and headed home to claim his $1 million prize. He phoned his wife and, before sharing his great news, asked what she was doing. When she reported that she was driving, the happy winner posed a second question: “Do you have both hands on the steering wheel?” Only his wife and his brother know about his Powerball win and the lucky man plans to keep it that way.

The avid Mega Millions and Powerball player plays both jackpot games every week. Before good fortune came his way, the man’s largest win was $12.

“This prize is definitely a game changer,” the winner said. He now plans to retire this year, pay off his mortgage and some bills and take his wife on vacation. Also a winner is JJ’s Tavern at 1018 1st Street in Glen Burnie, which receives a $2,500 bonus for selling the second-tier winning ticket.

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