It was the biggest score to date for a Maryland Lottery enthusiast from Rockville: $50,000 on a Sept. 19 Powerball ticket.
In addition to playing Powerball, the winner — who called himself “Mr. Regular” — plays Pick 3, Pick 4, Mega Millions, Cash4Life and the occasional scratch-off game. The 71-year-old favors Lottery games in part because it’s easy to claim prizes. He can cash winning tickets up to and including $600 at any Lottery retailer and up to $5,000 at the hundreds of Lottery retailers participating in the Expanded Cashing Authority Program.
“You just walk in and get your money,” he said. No stranger to Lottery luck, “Mr. Regular” scored a $100 prize the week before his big Powerball hit and $5,000 several years ago. For prizes of $25,001 or more, players must claim winnings at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, which is what “Mr. Regular” did on Sept. 20.
As for his plans for the windfall, the grandfather of three will spring some nice surprises on his family and extended family members.
“Mr. Regular” and everyone else missed the jackpot in the Sept. 19 drawing but there’s still time to buy tickets for Saturday, Sept. 22. Powerball has rolled to a $178 million jackpot with a cash option of $105.3 million. Wondering where to get your ticket? “Mr. Regular” found his luck at Kwik Stop Beer, Wine & Deli at 15104 Frederick Road in Rockville.