Lottery Win to Fund College Tuition for Silver Spring Woman

University of Maryland student claims $50,000 Powerball prize

Although her visit to Maryland Lottery headquarters came more than a week after winning a $50,000 Powerball prize, the Montgomery County woman’s face seemed locked in an un-erasable smile.  That smile, however, didn’t quite mask the incredulity she had and was still experiencing.

An infrequent player, the 21-year-old University of Maryland college student purchased her big winning ticket in the Nov. 27 drawing. She was accompanying her father, who was buying a ticket for himself. A few days later, while waiting for a carry-out order, the two stopped into a Lottery retailer to check their tickets. They hoped for a prize that would pay for the dinner they were taking home to share with the college student’s mother. The prize covered that dinner and many more!

“When my dad told me that I’d won $50,000, I didn’t believe it,” she said. “He showed me the readout on the scanner and I almost screamed.” Trying to keep her excitement under wraps, the Silver Spring resident had difficulty even walking to the car. “I wasn’t even walking, just a long series of little jumps. I was so excited!”

Once home with dinner and the big news, the family celebrated together. They are full of gratitude for the good fortune that came their way. Along with paying for her tuition, the college student plans to give a significant portion of her winnings to charity. “This is an amazing blessing. Sharing it with people in need is a way to thank God for it.”

Her $50,000 winning Powerball ticket came from Seminary Beer, Wine & Deli at 9458 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The jackpot continues to roll in this national game and is set for $130 million for the Saturday, Dec. 7 drawing. The cash option is $89.6 million.