Milk Run Ends in a Race to a ‘Forever Home’

Montgomery County man and his family heading for new house after $50,000 Powerball prize

A truck driver from Gaithersburg man who made a quick stop to buy milk ended up with a little something extra: a Powerball ticket worth $50,000. Now he and his family are looking for a new house to call their “forever home!”

The 36-year-old, who goes by “JR Munoz,” said he doesn’t often play Lottery games. But he noticed that the Powerball jackpot was at nearly $190 million for the July 30 drawing while he was paying for a carton of milk at the 7-Eleven located at 16201 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.

“I decided, why not grab a ticket,” he said, remembering how he felt as he walked by the Lottery vending machine. “I didn’t even have numbers in mind, I just got a quick-pick and went home.”

Those numbers turned out to be lucky. But he didn’t find out how lucky until he checked the ticket the next day. The father of three called his wife and told her, adding that she was so happy she started crying. He even sent her a video of the Lottery terminal message that was displayed when he scanned the ticket, indicating that it was a big winner. “JR Munoz” said he and his family are now getting ready to move into their forever home.

The Powerball jackpot rolled to an annuity value of $206.9 million before being hit in the Aug. 3 drawing on a ticket sold in Pennsylvania.