Lunch in Maryland Leads to $50,000 Powerball Prize for Pennsylvania Man

51-year-old had lucky coin in his pocket during ticket purchase

A Pennsylvania player stopped in Maryland for a meal and returned home with a $50,000-winning Powerball ticket. The lucky winner dined in Carroll County and decided to get a Lottery ticket at Piper’s Wine and Spirit Barn located at 4127 Hanover Pike in Manchester before returning home.

“I play two to three times a week in both Maryland and Pennsylvania,” said the 51-year-old. “I was in Manchester and decided to grab a Powerball ticket.”

The Adams County resident explained that he carries a lucky 50-cent coin in his pocket at all times and thinks that might be the reason for his luck in the Sept. 23 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers for that evening were 1, 12, 20, 33 and 66 with a Powerball of 21.

“I was only one number away from the jackpot. I had 8 instead of 12,” he said.

The manager for a construction company, the lucky player plans to use his prize to upgrade his central air conditioning unit at his home and will then place the rest in his savings account.

Powerball has rolled for weeks since the last jackpot was won on July 19. The next chance to catch the huge Powerball jackpot is on Wednesday night. The jackpot has rolled to an estimated annuity of $835 million and an estimated cash value of $390.4 million.

This is the 4th largest jackpot in Powerball history and the ninth largest jackpot in U.S. history. Three Powerball jackpots rank above the billion-dollar mark: $2.04 Billion – Nov. 7, 2022 in California; $1.586 Billion – Jan. 13, 2016 in California, Florida and Tennessee; and $1.08 Billion – July 19, 2023 in California. The last Powerball jackpot hit in Maryland was for $731.1 Million on Jan. 20, 2021 in Allegany County.