Long-distance Runner Crosses Finish Line with $1 Million Powerball Win

Suitland man claims second-tier prize from July 16 drawing

Slow and steady wins the race – and sometimes, the Powerball prize, too! A loyal Maryland Lottery player who is a long distance runner plays Lottery games consistently. That dedication paid off as the Suitland man crossed the Lottery finish line with a $1 million Powerball win.

The 53-year-old runner who enjoys an occasional marathon discovered the prize months after the July 16 drawing. He took a stack of tickets accumulated during nearly three months of Lottery play to a local retailer to scan. As he worked his way through his tickets, small prize amounts began to appear. First, a $7 winner showed up. Next came a $4 prize. When he scanned the ticket for the July 16 drawing, he saw an unfamiliar message appear on the ticket checker.

“It said, ‘Congratulations, see agent,’ ” said the Prince George’s County resident. “I thought that was interesting, so I went home to check the ticket on mdlottery.com.”

The website confirmed his winning numbers and the happy player made his way to Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. “It’s about time,” said the lucky man.

Always striving for a personal best in running as well as in Lottery play, the winner hopes to win a jackpot in the future. “I’m not sure which game. It could be Mega (Millions), Powerball or Multi-Match, but I know I’m going to win a jackpot,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”

The fleet-footed winner plans to keep his prize a secret. He’ll use the seven-figure windfall to improve balances on his savings and retirement accounts.

The win was Maryland’s 10th Powerball second-tier win out of 11 wins in 2014. Our winner bought his lucky ticket at Tucker’s Liquors located at 8100 Old Alexandria Ferry Road in Clinton. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.