Wins $100,000 with Power Play option
A Baltimore man was so elated after winning $100,000 in the July 12 Powerball drawing he felt “as happy as a pig in slop,” he told Maryland Lottery officials.
The occasional Powerball player was running errands in Towson on Wednesday when he stopped at E-Z Convenience located at 8104 Loch Raven Boulevard. He gazed at the Powerball jackpot amount for that night and, on a whim, decided to purchase a $2 ticket. The great-grandfather then added $1 for the Power Play option, finished his purchase and continued on his way. He didn’t think about his ticket until Thursday morning.
“I was sitting at the kitchen table when I thought to check the winning numbers,” said the retired General Motors employee. “I had to do a triple take.” He’d matched four of the white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000. “I kept looking at the numbers and then I realized there was a times two Power Play,” he said, smiling. The married great-grandfather’s $50,000 windfall doubled to $100,000!
The astonished 75-year-old confirmed his win at another Lottery retailer and then again at the Lottery’s Customer Resource Center in Baltimore.
“This is such a blessing,” he said. “And, when you have been blessed, it’s only right to be a blessing to others.”
The fortunate player plans to put the winnings into savings and use his prize to help family members when they are in need. He hadn’t yet told anyone about the win, but admitted that once he shares his news with his wife of more than 40 years they will go out to dinner to celebrate.
No one hit the jackpot in the July 12 drawing, which created 21 $50,000 winners across the country and one millionaire. The jackpot for Saturday’s July 15 drawing rolled to $172 million with a cash option of $106.4 (before taxes).