A man from Maryland in the USA had a win on a scratchcard and decided to re-invest it for the September 15 Powerball draw. That proved to be a great idea as he won a $150,000 prize.
The lucky player has asked to remain anonymous, just like the winner of a $976,000 Saturday Lotto prize in Freemantle, Australia. As is the way in Maryland, the lottery company have given the Powerball winner a nickname, so he’s now known as ‘Roque II.’ Recently we told you about ‘Keep on Truckin’’ who won $50,000 playing Powerball.
On the day of the Powerball draw, ‘Roque II’ went to Luxe Liquors in Laurel to buy his “weekend essentials” and while there he saw the scratchcards for sale and decided to try his luck. That’s just like Englishman Darren Donaghy who purchased some milk and also a £1m winning National Lottery Monopoly Classic scratchcard.
The Maryland resident purchased some crossword-style scratchcards which are his favourites. His purchases produced some small wins but as he says, “a win is a win.” Then he saw that that evening’s Powerball draw had a $147m jackpot and decided to buy a quick-pick ticket for the draw, dreaming of getting a big win as a $4.9m winning Powerball syndicate from California recently had.
He was busy with work that evening so didn’t see the results of the Powerball draw live. It was later, when he went to a nearby lottery retailer to check his numbers. Initially he thought his Powerball winnings were $15,000 but then the store assistant told him it was a $150,000 Powerball win. A syndicate in Connecticut, USA, thought they’d won $5,000 but it turned out to be a $2m Mega Millions win.
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The surprised Powerball winner said that he couldn’t contain himself when finding out how much he’d won. He immediately called his son to tell him the news of his Powerball win and the pair went together on Monday (September 17) to collect the winning cheque.
‘Roque II’ already has plans on how to spend his Powerball winners. He said that two options are buying a townhouse and the other is getting a new car. Unfortunately, he can’t afford a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita which costs $4.8m but you could if winning tonight’s EuroMillions Superdraw.
The Powerball jackpot continues to be elusive and the next draw on Saturday September 22 will see players trying to land a $178m Powerball jackpot.