Grandmother of four buys lucky ticket at Clarksville retailer
A Woodbine resident who visited Lottery headquarters in Baltimore on July 5 said she doesn’t play Lottery games very often, but admits to buying a few Powerball tickets when the jackpot rises to its current level. The jackpot chaser was rewarded for her efforts on July 2, when her Powerball ticket purchase delivered a $50,000 prize.
The health care researcher said she bought two Powerball quick pick tickets on July 1 at Riverhill Sunoco, located at 5015 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. She has filled her gas tank at the Lottery retailer for 25 years. The lucky lady didn’t watch the July 2 drawing and didn’t think to check on her tickets until the next morning, when she was having breakfast with her niece.
“I was at my sister’s house and my brother-in-law said, ‘I’ve never known anybody who’s actually won,’ and I told him you have to play to win,” she recalled.
Her first ticket wasn’t a winner, but when the Howard County mother of four checked the second ticket, it matched four of the white balls plus the red Power Ball. That discovery touched off a family celebration around the breakfast table.
“We started screaming,” said the lucky winner, who is also a grandmother of four. She said she doesn’t have any special plans for her prize other than investing it and paying bills. And, she’s still hoping to hit the Powerball jackpot, which rolled to $257 million with a cash option of $179.7 million for the Wednesday, July 6 drawing.