Howard County dad bought lucky ticket in March 15 drawing
He’s followed this routine for decades, enjoying a few small wins of $50 and $100. And then came March 15. The father of three bought a $4 quick-pick ticket for that night’s Powerball drawing while at Giant #155, located at 7200 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.
A couple of days later, the part-time state employee was in a Royal Farms store to make his next Lottery purchase. He then scanned the March 15 Powerball ticket using the store’s ticket checker in hopes of finding a prize.
“I buy the new one and I check the old one,” he said. This time, the ticket scanner flashed a new message. “It said, ‘See Lottery,’” the winner said. “I did it again and again. I checked it a couple of times.”
The happy winner said only the man next to him realized he won the game’s third-tier prize before the Howard County resident left the store. He’s keeping his lucky win a secret and plans to use his windfall to pay bills and save for a new vehicle. He also plans to keep playing his favorite jackpot games.
“Only one more number and I would have won the jackpot,” he said. The Powerball jackpot is still on a roll after a single Virginia ticket won $162.6 million in the March 4 drawing. The estimated annuity value for the Wednesday, March 29 drawing is $132 million with a cash option of $71.4 million.