These lucky Gaithersburg horse farm workers won $200,000 playing Powerball in the May 18 drawing.
A 4X bonus quadruples their $50,000 prize
An excited “Power Couple” from Gaithersburg eagerly claimed a major Powerball prize this week after seeing their love of jackpot games pay off big time.
The loyal Lottery players chase jackpots of all sizes. They found their luck in the May 18 drawing when the jackpot stood at $270 million. The male half of the winning duo was running errands that day and decided to play a few games at Lisbon Liquors located at 16109 Frederick Road in Woodbine. The 52-year-old added the Power Play multiplier feature to the quick-pick ticket and then continued with his day. He didn’t check the ticket until Monday, May 20.
“I was on my way home from work when I decided to stop and scan the ticket,” said the software engineer. “All I saw was a ‘2’ and some zeroes and I thought we won $2 million!” The winner said he quickly put the ticket away and carefully drove home, anxious to tell his other half of their good fortune.
“He told me it was a $2 million win and I thought, ‘No way’,” confessed the 50-year-old second half of “The Power Couple.” “Then, we double-checked the ticket and it was only $200,000.” The “Power Couple” matched four white balls and the Powerball giving them a $50,000 win. The 4X Power Play bonus for that drawing increased their win to $200,000.
The couple, who run a horse farm, are splitting the prize and said they already purchased a new horse. They also plan to pay bills, take a vacation and save the rest to secure a better financial future.
The winning pair plans to continue chasing jackpots. No one hit the Powerball jackpot in the May 18 drawing, so it stands at $288 million for the drawing on Wednesday, May 22. The cash option is $180.3 million.