Gaithersburg Installer Connects with $250,000 Powerball Prize

Adding Power Play feature multiplies prize five times
A late-night work break gave an industrial electrical wiring installer from Gaithersburg the perfect chance to connect with a Powerball prize in the Dec. 5 drawing. His lucky ticket, bought only minutes before sales ended for the night, gave him a $250,000 win.
The 40-year-old was working overnight in California, Md., when he took a break to accompany a co-worker to Jughead Liquor, a nearby Lottery retailer. While his companion selected a beverage, our winner decided to buy a quick-pick Powerball ticket.
The California store’s cashier asked if he was interested in paying an extra dollar to add the Power Play multiplier. The winner agreed and played a $3 single draw ticket. “When the ticket printed out, the cashier actually said, ‘Those are winning numbers right there’ and I guess he was right!”
The happy player was one of two in Maryland who matched four white balls and the Powerball for a $50,000 prize. The Power Play multiplier for the game was five, which boosted his prize to $250,000.
The player’s wife, who accompanied him to Maryland Lottery headquarters to claim the prize, said she believes this win was an act of fate! He bought the ticket on Dec. 5 with roughly eight minutes left to play before sales ended for the drawing, she said. (Sales end at 9:59 p.m.) Another coincidence, she said, is that the couple’s youngest son is 5 years old and was born May 8.
The pair are casual Lottery players, favoring Powerball and

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