Virginia Mom Bags $100,000 Powerball Prize on Maryland Shopping Trip

Friends call her later to report big win at store they visited

Spending the day shopping with two Maryland friends gave a Fairfax, Va., resident a $100,000 memory she won’t soon forget. The Powerball jackpot had rolled to $159 million for the Sept. 5, 2022 drawing and all three of them wanted to buy tickets.

They wound up at Harris Teeter #384 located at 323 Copley Place in Gaithersburg, where they joined others buying tickets. The Virginia resident bought five lines of quick-pick numbers and added the Power Play multiplier for a total of $15, then joined her friends for dinner.

The information technology specialist returned home that night and didn’t check her ticket after the drawing. “I kind of forgot about it,” she said. Meanwhile, her Maryland friends had great news to share with her. “They called me and said the Harris Teeter has a sign up saying someone won!”

The mother of one then checked her ticket against the winning numbers and realized she won a $50,000 third-tier prize. Even better was her discovery that the Power Play multiplier for the drawing doubled her prize to $100,000! She signed her ticket and put it in a secure location until she could claim her prize this week at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore.

The happy winner plans to put her new fortune into her bank account to build her savings. She is still playing Powerball regularly. “It’s very encouraging to win,” she explained. Although she will buy Mega Millions tickets when the jackpot gets large like it is now (an estimated $1.35 billion for the Jan. 13 drawing), she prefers Powerball.

No one hit the Powerball jackpot in Monday’s drawing, giving players a chance to win an estimated $360 million annuity jackpot in tonight’s drawing. The estimated cash option is $188.7 million.