Player Almost Trashes Winning Powerball Ticket

Boonsboro man’s lucky ticket worth $50,000

A 25-year-old Washington County resident nearly trashed his $50,000 winning Powerball ticket from the May 17 drawing – all because he thought he’d missed out on a prize.

The Western Maryland native purchased a couple of Powerball tickets from the Jefferson Street Exxon located at 400 S. Jefferson St. in Frederick the day of the May 17 drawing. “I try to buy a ticket each Saturday,” he said. “I purchased this ticket before I went on my trip to Canada.”

That $10 quick-pick ticket from the Frederick County retailer was set aside and forgotten after he heard no one won the jackpot. One day, he was minutes away from tossing old Lottery tickets in the trash when his girlfriend saved the day.

“I assumed that they weren’t winners so figured I’d get rid of them,” the Boonsboro resident said. “But then, my girlfriend of several years asked me if I had checked them and I told her no. I figured she was right,” he said.

While checking his tickets against winning numbers, he got a welcome surprise. “To my shock, one of the tickets told me to head straight to Lottery headquarters to cash my winning ticket!”

This lucky player was the only Marylander to win $50,000 in the May 17 drawing, which created 19,164 winners statewide of prizes ranging from $4 to $50,000. The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing (June 21) has rolled to $64 million with a cash option of $40.6 million.

The happy man said the only time he’s ever won a Lottery prize was several years ago, when he found a $500 winning ticket. One of the first things he wants to do with his prize is show his girlfriend how much he appreciates her.

“Thank God I listened to her,” he said. “If I hadn’t, I’d be out of $50,000.” He also wants to buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle for himself and plans to save the rest of the prize. “I’ve been wanting a Harley for years.”