Retired Sheet Metal Worker Takes Home $50,000 Powerball Prize

James Miller of West Virginia found his lucky $50,000-winning Powerball ticket across the state line in Maryland.

Plans to pay off bills, buy daughter a puppy

James Miller of West Virginia made a stop into Maryland to buy a Powerball ticket and went home $50,000 richer.

The Mineral County resident purchases Powerball tickets three times a week and won the third-tier prize with a quick-pick ticket in the Nov. 12 drawing. He explained that he likes to check his numbers with his 5-year-old daughter.

James knew right away he wasn’t going to win the full jackpot of $47 million as his first number was 11 and the first Powerball number drawn was 16. The ticket appeared to be a non-winner, but then James realized all was not lost.

“We started to see a few numbers on our ticket. Then when we looked again, we started to see a lot more numbers,” James said. “I knew I didn’t have the first one, but it looked like I had the rest.”

By having four out of five numbers and the Powerball, James won $50,000. The 62-year-old is a retired sheet metal worker and he likes to hunt and fish in his spare time. James plans to use the money to pay off bills and get a four-legged surprise for his daughter.

“I told her if we won that I would get her a puppy,” he said.

Although his state has Powerball, James made the trip over the state line into Maryland to buy the ticket at Martin’s Pharmacy #6003 at 739 Park Street in Cumberland. The Allegany County retailer is closer to him than any Powerball retailer in West Virginia, he said.