Hyattsville Woman Learns of $1 Million Powerball Win from the News

Checked ticket after hearing her Lottery retailer sold a second-tier winner

A Prince George’s County Powerball player who waits a few days after drawings to check for a win learned through reading the news that she might have a $1 million winning ticket in her possession.

Maryland’s new millionaire was reading news headlines on her phone when she saw that a $1 million winning Powerball ticket was sold in Prince George’s County in the Jan. 1 drawing. The Lottery retailer listed was one she had visited.

“I bought tickets at the Green Meadow Exxon in Hyattsville. I said, ‘Maybe it is me,’ ” she recalled. The public safety worker immediately checked all of her tickets and found the second-tier winner from the New Year’s Day drawing.

The winning numbers for that night were 12, 21, 42, 44, 49; the Powerball was 1. She had all of the numbers but missed the Powerball and her chance to claim the $842.4 million jackpot.

The Hyattsville resident plans to use the prize to pay off her home mortgage and has a goal to purchase a new home. For selling the lucky ticket, Green Meadow Exxon located at 6727 Riggs Road in Hyattsville receives a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery.

Jan. 1 was a great night to start the new year with Powerball as a $50,000 ticket was also sold in Prince George’s County at a Bowie store. The $842.4 jackpot was won in Michigan.

A new year also brings a new Powerball promotion. Maryland players purchasing a Powerball ticket from Jan. 3-16 could win a free $2 Mega Millions ticket awarded at random. The free ticket will print immediately after the Powerball ticket prints. The promotion runs until Jan. 16 unless the jackpot is hit again, and then the promotion will restart.