Police Officer Nabs $50,000 Prize Playing Powerball

Forest Heights, Baltimore City residents also win $50,000 in jackpot game

A police officer who lives in Carroll County along with residents from Baltimore City and Prince George’s County stopped by the Maryland Lottery Wednesday to claim three different $50,000 Powerball prizes.

The law enforcement officer, who works in a county police department outside of Carroll County, said he plays Powerball at least once a week. That persistence paid off as he won $50,000 on a $10 quick-pick ticket in the Oct. 29 drawing.

“I scanned my ticket and it said ‘Go to Lottery,’ I took it to another retailer and it said I won $50,000,” the Hampstead man said.

The 47-year-old, who has college-age children, told Lottery officials that most of the money will go toward their college expenses. He plans to keep the win a secret from everyone other than his wife.

The loyal player said he buys Powerball tickets regardless of the jackpot size and is more inclined to play when the jackpot is small. He planned to get a ticket for the Wednesday, Nov. 9 drawing, now that the jackpot reset to $20 million following Monday’s historic $2.04 billion jackpot win.

“I don’t understand people who only play when the jackpot is at $1 billion. Is $20 million not enough money?” he asked.

He bought the winning quick-pick ticket at Hampstead Jiffy Mart on 1155 South Main Street in Hampstead.

Also coming into Lottery headquarters to claim $50,000 third-tier prizes from the Nov. 5 Powerball drawing were a 27-year-old Baltimore City woman and a 54-year-old Forest Heights man. The woman won $50,000 after purchasing a $2 quick-pick Powerball ticket from Morrell Park Deli, which is located at 2527 Washington Boulevard in Baltimore City. The man bought his $10 quick-pick ticket at Eastover Pure, which is located at 5401 Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill.