Military Vet’s Powerball Win Financing Trip to Trinidad

Capitol Heights resident claims $10,000 prize

After years of playing Powerball, a retired military man saw his lucky ship come in with a $10,000 prize from the game’s June 20 drawing.

The 53-year-old, who plays Powerball and Mega Millions regularly at various locations, found his Lottery luck at the Walker Mill Amoco located at 6701 Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights. He spent $4, playing his own lucky numbers, for that night’s drawing. He didn’t realize he’d won for weeks because the Prince George’s County resident only checks his tickets once a month!

The Trinidad native hid the winning ticket in a special pocket in a pair of trousers to keep it safe until he could claim his prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. He didn’t tell anyone about his win! He plans to share some of his prize with his daughter and will use his winnings to travel back to Trinidad for a visit. In addition to enjoying his military retirement for the past 20 years, the lucky winner travels to Trinidad every few years. He’s happy another trip is around the corner!

Powerball drawings take place Wednesday and Saturday nights and give players a chance to try to win jackpots that start at an estimated $40 million. Winning numbers are available at and on your smartphone by downloading the free MD Lottery app. Powerball is offered in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.