Winner said Nov. 7 drawing delay was lucky for her
The large number of people buying Powerball tickets in the days before the scheduled Nov. 7 drawing resulted in many five- and six-digit prizes across the country as the $2.04 billion jackpot was won in California.
Among those winning $50,000 for matching four of the white balls plus the red Powerball was a player from Dundalk who insists she is not a very lucky person.
“If I were lucky, I would have won the big one!” she proclaimed while claiming her prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. She attributed her win to the drawing delay that forced the planned Nov. 7 drawing to be held on the morning of Nov. 8.
“The delay was lucky,” the 76-year-old retired school teacher said. In Maryland, the drawing produced a $1 million winner, a $100,000 winner and seven winning tickets each worth $50,000. Across the U.S., 267 third-tier winning tickets were sold for the Nov. 7 drawing, each worth at least $50,000.
The Dundalk resident said that for many years she had a Powerball subscription, but in more recent years decided to change tactics by visiting retailers to buy tickets. For the Nov. 7 drawing, she bought five quick-pick numbers at Weis Market #180, 9400 Scott Moore Way in Perry Hall.
By the time the numbers were drawn, she was focused and knew right away she had a big win. She said that she plans to use the prize money to pay bills. In addition, a celebratory casino trip with her son (who accompanied her when she claimed her prize) was also in the cards.
“He wants to go,” she said, motioning toward her son. She is less interested in the slot machines than her son, so she said she’ll be focus on trying to win the next big Lottery jackpot.