La Plata man becomes Maryland’s newest millionaire

News Release, Maryland Lottery

UPDATE 1/6/2020: A Charles County resident who typically plays Maryland Lottery scratch-offs enjoyed powerful results when he added a jackpot game. In mid-December, instead of purchasing just instant tickets, the 62-year-old bought two Powerball quick-pick tickets and won $1 million!

The retired Giant grocery store employee was running errands on Dec. 16 when he decided to stop at New Market Citgo to purchase holiday scratch-offs as stocking stuffers for his family. While there, on a whim, he also bought twoPowerballtickets for the Dec. 18 drawing.

The father and grandfather said he missed the drawing and decided to check the ticket two days later at a local Lottery retailer. He scanned the ticket and thought his prize totaled far less than $1 million. He was still very happy.

“I started freaking out,” he said. “I thought it was $1,000.” After checking his ticket’s prize with the cashier, thePowerballplayer realized he needed to add three zeros to the end of that prize amount.

“I sat in the truck for about a half-hour to get myself together,” he said. “Then, I called and told my wife.”

“He’s a jokester, so I didn’t believe him,” said the winner’s smiling wife who accompanied him to claim the prize. “He said, ‘Sorry to bother you at work, but I have something very important to tell you.’”

The winner then read the numbers off to his wife while she checked the website using her computer. Finally, she believed him! After finding out how to claim the prize, the couple put the ticket away and celebrated with a special dinner that night. They decided to wait until after the New Year to claim the $1 million prize.

The La Plata resident plans to spend his prize on truck repairs and put the rest of the windfall into his savings account.

OurPowerballwinner isn’t the only one walking away with a prize. The New Market Citgo located at 29290 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall receives a bonus of $2,500 for selling a second-tier winningPowerballticket. Stop by New Market Citgo or another Lottery retailer to get your ticket for the Saturday, Jan. 4 drawing. The jackpot has rolled to an estimated $237 million with a $160.7 million cash option.

Lady Luck andPowerballdelivered two special gifts of $1 million and $50,000 prizes to lucky Maryland players in the Wednesday, Dec. 18 drawing.

Check your tickets closely because even though no one hit the jackpot, we had a total of 15,503 winners statewide.

The Maryland Lottery is looking for the lucky players who bought the $1 million winning ticket at New Market Citgo, located at 29290 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall (St. Mary’s County), and the $50,000 winning ticket at Truitt Street Goose Creek, located at 111 Truitt Street in Salisbury (Wicomico County). New Market Citgo will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the second-tierPowerballwinner.

The winning numbers for the Dec. 18 drawing were 14, 18, 26, 39 and 68; thePowerballwas 9. Lottery officials encourage the winners to sign the backs of the tickets immediately and keep the tickets in safe locations. The winners have 182 days to claim the prizes in person at Lottery headquarters, located at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.

ThePowerballjackpot rolls to an estimated annuity value of $171 million for the Saturday, Dec. 21 drawing with an estimated cash option of $116.2 million.

This is Maryland’s fifth $1 millionPowerballwin of 2019 and 52nd$50,000 win. AClear Spring manbought a $1 million winning ticket in the Feb. 20 drawing from Dual Highway BP in Hagerstown and aNewburg manbought a $1 million winning ticket in the March 9 drawing from Ole McDonnell’s Country Store in Newburg. Two still-unclaimed $1 million winning tickets were sold at 7-Eleven #11534 in Crofton in the Nov. 13 drawing and at Rieve’s Deli in Odenton in the Dec. 14 drawing. In 2018, Maryland had one $1 million winners and in 2017 had two $1 million winners.

Watch televisedPowerballdrawings at 11:22 p.m.Wednesdays and Saturdays on WBAL-TV. Winning numbers are available atmdlottery.comand on your smartphone by downloading the freeMD Lottery app.Powerballis offered in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.

Odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million. Overall odds of winning any prize are about 1 in 25.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...