Contractor Quietly Claims $50,000 Powerball Prize

A Rockville resident who said he had never won more than a few dollars on a Lottery ticket landed a $50,000 Powerball prize in the Oct. 27 drawing.

The 46-year-old contractor purchased a $4 ticket, playing two lines of Powerball numbers, at Courthouse Exxon located at 700 Rockville Pike in Rockville. He chose his own numbers, saying they had special meaning in his life. The second of the two lines on his ticket matched four of the winning numbers and the Powerball number, delivering the $50,000 prize.

Although it was his first big Lottery win, the Montgomery County resident said he didn’t celebrate too much when he scanned the ticket at a retailer a couple of weeks later and realized the amount of his prize. He said he quietly returned home and kept the ticket in a drawer until he was able to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters on Dec. 10.

The lucky winner said he doesn’t have any special plans for his windfall. He does plan to buy a few holiday-related gifts for those close to him.

The Powerball jackpot, which was hit on Oct. 27, has since rolled to $230 million for the upcoming Dec. 12 drawing. The cash option is $135.9 million.