Air Force Veteran Flying High After Powerball Prize

Air Force veteran Paul Drisdale is flying high after his $100,200 Powerball win.

Glides away with a $100,200 win

Paul Drisdale of Potomac, an Air Force retiree, was flying high after finding out he won $100,200 playing Powerball in the April 18 drawing.

The Prince George’s County resident bumped into his Lottery luck at Express Mart, located at 15709 Hall Road in Bowie. He stopped in to grab a morning cup of coffee and Powerball tickets with the Power Play multiplier feature and went on his way. The next day brought his lucky drawing. He matched four numbers on one line, which gave him a $100 prize doubled to $200 because the Power Play number drawn was 2. On the second line, he matched four numbers plus the Powerball to win $50,000, which doubled to $100,000.

“I had gone back to the store to check a few of my tickets because I had a few winners and that was when the owner told me I had won a $100,200 prize,” he said. “When I realized how much I had won, it made me realize that I could pay off a few of my credit card bills.”

The lucky 83-year-old is no stranger to Lottery wins. He told Maryland Lottery officials that he has won more than $55,000 in prizes with the Virginia Lottery. Just a few years ago, he won $15,000 playing 5 Card Cash.

His winning Powerball numbers were a combination of family birthdays, including those for his son and grandson. Besides paying bills, the excited player said he also would like to take a trip to somewhere tropical.

No one won the Powerball jackpot in his drawing, so Saturday’s winner – if there is one – will take home a $142 million jackpot or $85.5 million in cash.