The Aug. 27 ticket carried a second-tier prize
A Baltimore County couple who turned up at Maryland Lottery headquarters to claim a month-old Powerball prize knew only that the ticket was worth more than $5,000. Their Lottery retailer said $5,000 was the largest prize-winning ticket the store could cash. Imagine their surprise when told at Lottery headquarters that the ticket they let sit in a pile at home since the Aug. 27 drawing was worth $1 million!
Wow! The Rosedale residents remained in shock after entering the Lottery headquarters’ Winner’s Lounge. Who wouldn’t be? It’s not every day you become a millionaire!
“We had no clue,” the 40-something woman said. “No idea at all.”
Their day took an unexpected turn when they were scanning Lottery tickets at the store. They couldn’t scan the winning ticket properly. That lone Powerball ticket refused to reveal its worth.
“The scanner kept saying that we needed to come to Baltimore to claim,” the man said. They did, and the rest is history! They plan to put the prize toward medical bills from the wife’s September surgery and another medical procedure. “This will help us a lot,” the husband said.
The retailer, 7-Eleven #21054 located at 5920 Pulaski Highway in Baltimore will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.