Retirement savings will get a boost from win in May 8 drawing
He plans to return to Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the big one, said the Wicomico County resident, who was all smiles when he left the office on May 11 after claiming a $50,000 prize from the May 8 Powerball drawing.
“You see how close I came to winning the big one!” he said, grinning nearly from ear to ear.
Winning the rolling jackpot in Powerball requires matching five of five white balls plus the Powerball, but there are big prizes to be had for near misses. Matching all five white balls, but no Powerball, is worth $1 million (or more, for those who add $1 for the Power Play option), and matching four out of five as well as the Powerball is worth $50,000 (or more, with Power Play).
In the case of our Eastern Shore winner, the match came in at four of five white balls plus the Powerball for $50,000. He missed “the big one” by one number.
The winner is looking ahead to retirement, and said the win will give his savings a boost. Meanwhile, he and his wife plan to keep playing. They’ve had some good luck, once picking up a $10,000 scratch-off prize.
“My wife got me into it,” he said of playing Lottery games. They enjoy playing together, he said.
He bought the winning ticket at Salisbury Quick Stop at 2513 North Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury.
No one hit the Powerball jackpot on May 8 – or anytime since April 20 when a ticket sold in Ohio hit for $252.6 million. The jackpot now sits at an estimated annuity of $125 million for the Saturday, May 13 drawing with an estimated cash option of $67.2 million.