A man from Delaware in the USA has claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize after reading an article about a local unclaimed winner.
The 69-year-old, from Ellendale, told Powerball officials that he read an article on his phone about the unclaimed $50,000 prize not long before learning he was the winner. A woman from North Carolina also read about a local winner but assumed that it was somebody else rather than her who had won the Powerball millionaire prize.
“I was in disbelief,” the lucky anonymous winner said of the moment he figured out he was owed $50,000 from the June 13th Powerball drawing. A couple from Ontario were also in disbelief when they won $1 million on the Lotto Max.
The lucky winner told lottery officials in Delaware that he regularly buys a Quick Pick Powerball ticket for both weekly drawings, and back in June that was no different as he purchased his tickets from Royal Farms store in Ellendale. He often saves up a pile of his tickets to take to the store all at once and check. A Maryland Powerball winner is also a regular lottery player, and he won using a combination of family birthdays.
“I took them in to have the cashier check them. She said I was a winner but joked that the winning amount was too much to tell me right there in the store,” he said. After taxes, the Delaware man will take home $38,000 for beating odds of 1 in 913,129. Another Delaware lottery winner took home $83,000 on a Multi-Win Lotto ticket bought to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday.
The winnings numbers from the June 13th drawing were 13, 20, 38, 45 and 55 with a Powerball number of 1, and the Delaware winner matched four of the main numbers and the Powerball to score the $50,000 prize. He told lottery officials that he plans to pay off some bills and then save the rest of the winnings.
“I’ll also spend some of it on an old car I’ve been fixing up,” the lucky man told lottery officials. A Connecticut Cash 5 lottery winner also planned to fix up his car after winning just under $100,000.
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