A married couple from Frederick in Maryland, USA, won $50,000 in the October 24 Powerball draw but the big win certainly confused their children.
The husband told how his parents have both been lucky playing the lottery. However, he and his wife only play lotteries such as Powerball when his wife has some spare cash. Two days before the October 24 Powerball draw, he saw that the jackpot had reached $620m so decided to try his luck. He went to the Plus Mart store in Frederick, the same store that his parents used to buy tickets from.
“We were talking about my mom before I bought the ticket,” he said. “They are great people, they work really hard.” He left with a Powerball ticket and then kept it in his wallet for a week. Meanwhile in Canada, Darcey Hickey kept a $1m winning Lotto Max ticket in an envelope for three-and-a-half months.
The couple have asked to remain anonymous just like the woman from Tasmania, Australia who recently won $243,000 on the Super 66 lottery game. It’s the latest big win in the state of Maryland after another player bagged a $50,000 Powerball prize in the preceding draw. September also saw a Maryland player nicknamed ‘Mr Regular’ also win $50,000 playing Powerball.
The lucky winner, who is in his 40s, was driving two of his five children home when he remembered his Powerball ticket. He joked to his children, “If you see me jumping up and down, I won some money.” He most certainly had but when he returned to his car he had some explaining to do to his children. “The kids said, ‘Why were you hugging that woman?’” he said, remembering how he reacted to his big Powerball win for matching four main numbers and the Powerball.
Often after a big win your first call is to your partner, but this winner called his accountant. Then he told his wife, but initially she didn’t believe him. The Powerball winning couple now plan to set up college education funds for their children. Anissa Dellaripa, from Connecticut, USA, was able to pay her college fees after her $2,000 a Week Set for Life win.
The Powerball winners will also put some of their Powerball winnings into a retirement fund. Often anonymous winners in Maryland get a nickname and when receiving their winning Powerball cheque, it was paid out to ‘Thanks Mom.’
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