Eastern Shore winner still hopeful about hitting jackpot
He checked the numbers on his quick-pick Powerball ticket: 14, yes; 16, yes; 37, yes; 48, no; 58, yes; Powerball 18, yes. The disappointed Denton man had missed the Nov. 7 jackpot by one number. Then, the 35-year-old realized he had still won a huge prize and shock set in.
“I didn’t believe it at first,” the stunned man recalled after claiming his $50,000 third-tier prize. “It’s still kind of hard to believe.”
After checking his numbers following the Saturday night drawing, the still-shocked player called Maryland Lottery headquarters to verify his win. Shock gave way to happiness, but not to a desire to do anything out of the ordinary with the winnings.
“I’m going to use it to pay off some loans. I’m going to be smart with it,” said the Caroline County resident. He plans to keep working and keep hoping to hit a jackpot one day.
No one has hit the Powerball jackpot since Sept. 16 in New York and the prize is up to $179 million for tonight’s drawing. The cash option is $138.9 million.
Our pleased player bought his lucky ticket at Royal Farms #080 at 32303 Queen Anne Highway in Queen Anne. This is the Lottery retailer’s third big winning sale this year. The Queen Anne’s County business also sold $10,000 winning scratch-offs in the Cash Club and Big Bucks Doubler games.