Lottery luck delivered a $10,000 Powerball prize to Joseph and Cathy Karrasch of Laurel.
Laurel man finds luck with quick-pick ticket
A UPS retiree who is an avid Ravens fan thought his ticket to a major Maryland Lottery win would come in the form of a Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-off. Think again!
Lottery luck delivered a $10,000 Powerball prize to Joseph Karrasch of Laurel. The 51-year-old decided to play Powerball after he saw the jackpot start climbing. When the Prince George’s County resident bought the $2 ticket for the Jan. 31 drawing, he let the machine at the 7-Eleven in Brooklyn pick his numbers.
His ticket was only one number shy of giving Joseph and his wife Cathy the jackpot prize, which totaled more than $300 million.
“I actually forgot that I had played it,” said Joseph, who recently retired from UPS after 21 years with the company. “I purchased the ticket that Friday and decided to check it the following Monday. That’s when I took it to the 7-Eleven on Hanover Street where I purchased it to find out if I had really won. When the ticket checker told me to come here to Lottery headquarters, that’s when my wife Cat and I got hysterical.”
The Powerball win is yet another exciting event for the couple, who have enjoyed many challenging yet thrilling moments together since their marriage nine years ago on April Fools’ Day.
The pair said that their win could not have come at a better time. Joseph was doing home improvement work until a recent car accident.
“Our other car was pretty much totaled in the accident,” Cathy said. “Life can be hectic when you have two kids. We were just waiting for insurance money to kick in because we only had a few weeks left on our rental (car).” The excited couple said they will spend their prize on a new vehicle and a trip to Ocean City to celebrate.
Want to visit their lucky Baltimore city store? Stop by the 7-Eleven #35316 at 2830 S. Hanover Street in Brooklyn.