Pennsylvania Man Wakes up to $50,000 Maryland Powerball Win

Pennsylvania resident Charles Mull woke up at 1:30 a.m. to a $50,000 Maryland Powerball win.

Iron worker bought ticket in Hagerstown while driving home

Charles Mull of Pennsylvania learned that winning $50,000 is a good reason to wake up in the middle of the night.

The Greencastle resident is employed as an iron worker in Washington, D.C. The long-distance commuter stopped at a Hagerstown Sheetz on his way home on Dec. 10 to purchase a Powerball ticket for that night’s drawing and then went on his way. Hours passed and the drawing came and went.

When he woke up in the middle of the night, Charles checked his $10 quick-pick ticket. “It was dark and I started to look at my bright phone around 1:30 a.m. I was very blurry-eyed, but it looked like I had four of the five numbers,” Charles said.

His eyes were not deceiving him! Those four numbers included the Powerball, which gave him a $50,000 third-tier win. He just missed hitting the estimated $116 million jackpot by one number.

“It is a blessing. I was very excited,” Charles said. In fact, he woke up his wife to share the news of their good fortune.

The lucky player told Lottery officials that a change of plans at the last minute led to his win. When he went to Sheetz #184 at 12404 Lager Avenue in Hagerstown, he wanted to use quick-pick numbers from a previous ticket. However, there was a line so he settled for a new set of quick-pick numbers. The rest is history.

His hobbies include riding his motorcycle and spending time with his wife and two kids. Charles said he is going to be cautious with the prize. “We are probably going to pay off bills and put the rest in the bank.”