Silver Spring Carpenter Nails $1 Million Powerball Prize

Only U.S. player to score 2nd-tier win in Jan. 27 drawing

Every time a Silver Spring man bought a Powerball ticket, he remembers telling himself, “Maybe today’s the day.” Well, Wednesday, Jan. 27 was definitely THE day because the carpenter nailed the only $1 million Powerball prize in the country from that drawing.

The 51-year-old husband and father of three is a frequent Lottery player. He picks up at least one ticket for a Lottery game almost every day. The Montgomery County resident purchased his winning Powerball ticket the day of the drawing from Kensington Liberty in Kensington, letting the terminal quick-pick his numbers.

The next day, he compared his $2 ticket to the winning Powerball numbers on the Lottery website and found himself in complete disbelief.

“I had already had my coffee, so I was wide awake,” he said, “but I still thought I was dreaming.” The carpenter read over the numbers several times before accepting that his ‘one day’ had arrived.

The winner and his wife plan to use their prize to help their son with his undergraduate and medical school bills. They plan to spend the remainder on a new home, will help other family members and donate to charity.

“Lots of people helped me get where I am, family and others,” he said. “I want to help people who need a hand getting started.”

The happy retailer located at 10550 Connecticut Avenue in Kensington also benefits from the $1 million win. Kensington Liberty will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the second-tier winning ticket.

This is the fifth $1 million Powerball win in Maryland in 2016.