A $15 scratch-off win led to a $50,000 third-tier Powerball prize for a retired Anne Arundel County firefighter.
Lucky ticket purchased with winnings from $15 scratch-off prize
A retired Anne Arundel County firefighter is up in flames with joy after winning a $50,000 Powerball prize for the drawing held on May 4.
The 64-year-old Lottery player, who retired eight years ago, occasionally plays scratch-off games and Mega Millions, and on rare occasions, he plays Powerball. This was one of those occasions. He went to the Town Center Amoco, located at 10855 Town Center Boulevard in Dunkirk, to cash a $15 winning scratch-off ticket and used those winnings to buy Mega Millions and Powerball tickets.
After purchasing his tickets, he put them in his wallet and went about his day. He didn’t check the results until May 6, when he looked up the winning May 4 Powerball numbers on the Lottery’s website.
“I almost had the jackpot,” said the winner, shaking his head. “I missed it by one number.”
One of the white balls drawn on May 4 was a 47 and he had a 48. But he matched the other four white balls and the red Power Ball, giving him a $50,000 prize.
The married father of three adult sons was still thrilled about his win and immediately shared the news with his wife, who was upstairs when he found out.
“I told her to come on downstairs and check my ticket, because I think I won $50,000,” he said.
She checked the ticket for him, and then a return visit to the retailer sealed the deal.
The lucky winner plans to invest his prize money, but confessed that his wife has already been shopping. He added that he may also take a trip or two with his wife.