Missing Luck at Track Found On Way Home

Maryland’s First $50,000 Powerball Win

PowerballAn Anne Arundel County man claimed a $50,000 prize this morning, becoming the biggest Maryland Powerball winner since the multi-state game became available in Maryland earlier this year.  Today’s winner made use of the game’s “Powerplay” option to increase his take which would otherwise have been $10,000.

The federal employee was returning from the racetrack last week when he realized two things.  First, that he’d need to get some gas and then that the $100 bill in his wallet – all that remained from the bankroll he’d brought to the track – probably wouldn’t be accepted at the gas station.  “I stopped by a nearby store to get some change and while there I got a few Powerball tickets.”  He chose the “Powerplay” option for a chance to increase his winnings – something he does whenever playing.  “I always do because I know how angry I’d be if I won and hadn’t taken the chance to win more.”

While he plans to put some of the $50,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle, the winner told officials that he sees his winnings mostly as a “cushion.”  “It’s good to know that I have this in the bank when problems pop up in the future.”

The winning Powerball ticket was purchased from South River Liquors, 3137 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater.