Columbia Man Wins $10,000 Third-Tier Powerball Prize
The 20-year-old Powerball winner rarely engages in Lottery play. But, when the jackpot grew to $220 million, he said, “It wouldn’t hurt to try.”
“The next thing I knew, I’d won the Lottery,” added the soft-spoken winner. The UMBC economics student bought just one Quick Pick ticket for May 29th’s drawing and matched four numbers and the Bonus Ball to garner his $10,000 prize.
His father, who accompanied him to Lottery Headquarters, was the one who learned of his son’s good fortune. “I was having my tickets scanned,” said his Dad, emphasizing he played a lot more than his son. “I had his one ticket checked and it said See Lottery.” After being told by the clerk that it meant that the win was more than $600, he went home and checked the numbers on line.
When he informed his son about his newfound wealth, the reaction was disbelief. “I couldn’t believe one of my first times playing and I was successful,” said the winner.
Although he still intends to play just “once in a blue moon,” the young man expressed his belief that “it takes just a dollar to win.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Columbia Grocery & Deli, located at 10400 Shaker Dr. in Columbia.
The Powerball drawing is held in Orlando, Florida and can be seen locally on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The multi-state game is played in 41 states, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.