Germantown Grandmother Wins $50,000

A grandmother from Germantown is $50,000 richer after purchasing a winning Powerball lottery ticket at at Wegmans (20600 Seneca Meadows Pkwy) last week. Full details below courtesy of the Maryland Lottery:
“A 78-year-old jackpot chaser from Montgomery County enjoyed her first visit to the Lottery Winner’s Circle last week. The player was finishing her grocery shopping about a week ago when she had a brush with good luck.

The winning grandmother enjoys playing jackpot games and normally purchases both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, playing her own numbers. However, on Feb. 26 when she went to buy her games, the Lottery self-serve vending machine didn’t let her pick her own numbers and gave her quick-pick tickets. It was that ticket from Wegmans #56 at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown that won her a $50,000 third-tier prize in the Feb. 27 Powerball drawing.

It wasn’t until the day after the drawing that the lucky lady checked her tickets. She quickly realized she matched four white balls and the red Power Ball for the $50,000 win.

“I always check my tickets at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee,” she told Lottery officials. “I have to say, I was happy and upset at the same time, because I missed the jackpot by just one number.”

The winner’s daughter, who accompanied her mom to Lottery headquarters, said she was shocked when her mother called her to see the winning ticket.

“She showed me the ticket and said, ‘I think it’s a big one,’” recalled the winner’s daughter. “I double-checked it to be sure and she was right.”

Mother and daughter celebrated the win and put the ticket away for safekeeping until the winner could claim the prize. A retired grocery store employee originally from Iowa and Colorado, the lucky player has three daughters who live around the country. She and her Maryland daughter already had plans to visit those family members. The loving mother and grandmother told Lottery officials that her winnings will supplement the already planned vacations.”

Feature photo courtesy of Google Maps.

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A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

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In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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