Lottery Winner Scores Major Prize In Edgewater

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A Powerball player won $50,000 in Saturday’s drawing on a ticket bought in Edgewater. A Maryland Lottery sign is pictured above. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

EDGEWATER, MD - A Maryland Lottery player won $50,000 in Edgewater during Saturday's Powerball drawing.

The anonymous victor beat the odds of 1 in 913,000 to claim a third-tier prize. He bought the $2 ticket at 7-Eleven #41610, located at 3226 Solomons Island Road. 

The south county resident plays Powerball and Mega Millions frequently, picking the same numbers each time. 

"On Mondays, I go in [to check tickets for a win]," the contractor said in a Tuesday press release. "I’ve played the same numbers for about five years."

At this point, the lottery regular has memorized the scanner's message for losing tickets.

"It’s ‘Sorry, play again’ and this time it was, ‘See Lottery,’" he said. "I geeked out and went out to my truck to Google ‘What does this mean, See Lottery,’"

The player learned that the message meant the prize was too large for the lottery retailer to cash. 

The winner soon after realized how much he had won. He collected his winnings after matching four of the white balls and the Powerball. He was only off by one number.

The victor went to work and shared the news with his business partner.

He then called his wife to share the tale.

"She freaked," he said.

The father of two will use some of his winnings to pay bills. He also plans to continue playing the lottery in hopes of a future jackpot.

Nobody hit the jackpot in Monday's Powerball drawing, so the jackpot rolled over to Wednesday. This drawing is worth an estimated annuity of $500 million or $240.7 million in cash.

For gambling help, visit mdgamblinghelp.org or call 1-800-426-2537.

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