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A Powerball player from Maryland has said that his $50,000 win came after he decided to change his tactic when playing.

The winner, from Cecil County in Maryland, told lottery officials that last month he decided to stop choosing his own random numbers when buying Powerball tickets, and instead chose quick-pick numbers. Last month, he purchased a quick-pick ticket for two drawingsfrom Royal Farms store in Elkton, hoping that the randomly generated numbers might increase his chances of winning. A Maryland lottery winner won $7 million on the Cash4Life lottery after changing from the Mega Millions and Powerball games, while another Maryland woman chose a different game to her usual and ended up $20,000 richer thanks to a scratch card.

And he was right, as the 54-year-old said that he took a stack of lottery tickets to a local Lottery retailer and scanned them on the self-service ticket checking machine. When the machine displayed a message directing him to claim his prize, the Powerball player took his ticket home to look it over. An Iowan lottery player also found out that she’d won big on the Powerball at a self-service ticket checker, after carrying the ticket around with her for five months.

It was when he got home that the Maryland man looked at the Powerball results on his tablet and realised that he was actually a $50,000 winner. The lottery player called himself “Jackpot Inspector” as he claimed his prize at Maryland Lottery offices and said that his $50,000 prize will help him to move his life forward.

The lucky player is self employed and started his own business three years ago. The windfall, he says, will help him to make sure that the business continues to succeed. “Starting a new business is tough, but this will help me get a little further down the road,” the Powerball winner said. A recent scratch card winner from Maryland said that his $50,000 would help launch his new business, while a Mega Millions winner from California opened up a steakhouse after winning $180 million.

The winning $50,000 Powerball ticket was purchased from Royal Farms #101 on East Pulaski Highway in Elkton.

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