Per the Maryland Lottery:
Running late put a Bowie Powerball player in the right store at the right time to turn one of his pre-Halloween Powerball tickets into a $1 million treat. The Powerball jackpot had rolled to $800 million for the Oct. 29 drawing and he wanted to buy tickets. He also needed to buy treats for Halloween. “I wasn’t actually going to go to Giant,” said the 58-year-old, “but I was in a hurry to get home.”
He visited Giant #310 in Bowie and bought 10 quick-pick tickets for the Oct. 29 drawing, along with Halloween treats. A caregiver for his father, the loyal Powerball player didn’t watch the drawing or even check his tickets until the next morning after learning that no one had hit the jackpot. Looking up the winning numbers, the Prince George’s County resident checked ticket after ticket for a win. “It was on the last of the 10 tickets,” said the former information technology worker. “I looked it up and this thing is saying $1 million!” He recalls thinking, “It’s wrong!” and asked his brother to take a look at the ticket.
After confirming the $1 million win, the Powerball fan said he felt a sense of relief. “I’m just thankful,” he said. The winner plans to use his prize to take care of his father and keep chasing the Powerball jackpot, which has now rolled to an estimated annuity of $1.5 billion for the Saturday, Nov. 5, drawing. The estimated cash value is $745.9 million. His lucky retailer can celebrate, too. For selling a $1 million winning Powerball ticket, the store located at 15520 Annapolis Road in Bowie receives a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery. This is the eighth second-tier Powerball prize of $2 million or $1 million won in 2022.