Prince George’s Man Skips Work, Still Gets Paid Thanks to Lottery Win

Claims $100,000 top prize on Power 10s scratch-off game

A construction worker from Bowie made a decision on Saturday that wound up boosting his bank account by $100,000.

The Prince George’s County resident was actually headed to his job site that day when a series of events put a winning Power 10s scratch-off in his hand. First, the 58-year-old realized he wasn’t really needed on site that day so he made the choice to enjoy a day off. The lucky player stepped into TJ Beer, Wine & Liquor in Takoma Park and purchased some scratch-off games, including three Power 10s tickets.

“I thought ‘since I’m here, why not,’” he told Lottery officials.

After purchasing the games, he scratched them off in the store. While playing one of the $10 games, he noticed the number “10” appeared on every line so he won whatever prize was shown next to the “10.” The lucky father of three daughters revealed $1,000 and $10,000 prizes down the line, equaling a total of $100,000!

“I knew right away it was a winning ticket,” he said. “But, I still scanned it to be sure.”

The congratulatory message appeared, confirming his $100,000 top prize win! Excited and a bit nervous, the big winner slowly walked out of the store and went directly home to share the news with his long-term girlfriend and his children.

“They were all so happy for me,” he said, chuckling. “But, you know girls, they all wanted me to buy them something.”

The winner tried to claim the prize at Lottery headquarters that same day but realized the Baltimore office is closed on weekends. Instead, he made an appointment and claimed the big $100,000 prize on Monday. The anonymous winner plans to use the prize to help his family, take care of his girls, purchase a few necessities and maybe take a vacation.

Also celebrating in this win is the lucky retailer located at 7669 New Hampshire Avenue in Montgomery County. For selling the $100,000 top prize-winning Power 10s instant ticket, J Beer, Wine & Liquor will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.

The Power 10s game went on sale in November 2021 with eight $100,000 top prizes, 20 $10,000 prizes and 49 $1,000 prizes. The game gives players 28 chances to win prizes ranging from $10 to $100,000.