|A Baltimore woman won $50,000 in the Jan. 13 Powerball drawing by playing her dad’s birthday numbers.|
Claims $50,000 prize in Jan. 13 drawing
A Baltimore woman who plays her family members’ birth dates when buying Maryland Lottery Powerball tickets asked her dad for $2 so she could play one more ticket in the world-record Powerball jackpot drawing on Jan. 13.
“I told him I was going to play his birth date,” said the daughter, who is retired as a Maryland maximum-security prison correctional officer and now cares for her 81-year-old father full time. “I said, ‘This is going to be a winner, I feel it.’”
She was correct! The woman and her lucky dad won $50,000 in the Jan. 13 drawing. Hours before it took place, the 53-year-old city resident was busy buying her ticket at A Plus Convenience Store located at 3745 West Belvedere Avenue in Baltimore. She returned home with the ticket in hand.
“I showed it to him,” she said, and then the long wait began until the drawing. “He was anxious. We couldn’t sleep.” They watched the drawing on TV and then checked the lucky ticket. “I wrote the numbers down and I showed him the ticket,” she said. “We got all of the numbers except the one. I didn’t know how much the prize was going to be!”
The lucky winner arrived at Maryland Lottery headquarters on Friday, Jan. 15, to claim the prize and had to return home to get all of her required identification. She brought her dad back with her and he was all smiles as she got her photo taken with the giant Lottery check. This is her first big Powerball prize. The scratch-off fan often wins on instant tickets but even those have delivered only a top prize of $1,000 – so far! She plans to put her windfall in the bank for the future.
The Jan. 13 drawing created three Maryland Powerball millionaires, one $100,000 winner and 24 $50,000 winners. Winners in Florida, Tennessee and California shared in a world-record $1.6 billion jackpot.