Construction Worker’s Powerball Fever Cured with $50,000 Win

Overjoyed by prize in Jan. 6 drawing

While he usually plays once or twice a month, a Silver Spring man admitted that the recent Powerball frenzy inspired him to play more often – thank goodness! The 53-year-old is the latest Marylander to win Powerball’s third-tier prize of $50,000.

The native of El Salvador was on his way home from work when he stopped by the 7-Eleven at 900 Merrimac Drive in Takoma Park to get a Powerball ticket. The father of two waited in line with the other jackpot dreamers, pocketed his ticket and went home. Visiting the store the next evening, he scanned his ticket and got excited when he saw the ticket-checker message that it was a winner. What he didn’t know was how much he had won.

“I knew that I hadn’t won the jackpot because I saw on the news that morning that no one had, but I was hoping to get $100,” he said.

The construction worker called his son, reading off his numbers, and asked him to check the results at A few minutes later, his Powerball dreams became reality. “My son told me that I’d won $50,000. I could tell by his voice that he was as shocked as I was.”

The Montgomery County man plans to share his good fortune with his family. “While I’ll still probably get a ticket for the $1 billion jackpot, I know the odds. I’m very satisfied with $50,000.”