Armed Forces Vet Has Powerful Possibilities for Powerball Payoff

Birthday number combination leads to $50,000 win

An Anne Arundel County man is still pondering the lucky path he took to win a potent $50,000 Powerball prize in the May 21 drawing. He didn’t realize his good fortune until last week!

“I was scanning the tickets with a retailer when I got a strange message from the machine,” said the winner. Confused, the 80-year-old Armed Forces veteran handed the ticket to the retailer and asked for help. He not only got help, he got confirmation that his win was large enough to require a trip to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the prize and hearty congratulations from the excited retailer.

The lucky player was the only Marylander to win a $50,000 prize in the drawing and one of 47 players nationwide to do so. No one won the jackpot, which has rolled for weeks and reached $123 million for the Wednesday, June 8 drawing.

The Hanover resident began playing Powerball about six months ago, he said, experimenting with a set of birthday numbers. He purchased his lucky two-draw ticket at Grand Ritchie Liquors on 8149-D Ritchie Highway in Pasadena and won his $50,000 prize on the second drawing.

“I’ve thought about a lot of things that I could do with the prize money,” said the winner. He told Lottery officials the prize would most likely go to pay off a car loan and other bills.