Towson Man Unknowingly Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize While on Vacation

A vacationing John Boyd of Towson didn’t realize he won $50,000 in a Powerball drawing until he came home and checked his ticket.

Lucky player claims third-tier prize in April 2 drawing

Playing Lottery games isn’t routine for retired police officer John Boyd. However, the Towson resident does spend $20 on Powerball tickets whenever the jackpot rolls past the $100 million mark. After placing a $10 wager on five quick picks in the April 2 drawing, the occasional player is celebrating a $50,000 third-tier win.

The 64-year-old bought his lucky ticket at Maria’s, his regular Lottery retailer, which is located at 1812 Taylor Avenue in Parkville. John purchased the ticket on April 1 and didn’t realize that he had a big win because he was away on vacation when the drawing took place.

Upon returning, the Baltimore County resident scanned his ticket but thought that the machine was in error when he saw its winning message. “I thought it was a mistake,” John told Lottery officials. He shared the great news with his family members, who were also very excited.

John worked on the police force for 32 years before retiring and now works for his friend’s staffing agency. He is still considering his plans for his prize.

There’s still time to get tickets for the estimated $400 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs in the Saturday, April 23 drawing. The estimated cash option is $240.8 million.