A flat tire led to a $50,000 Powerball prize for jackpot-chasers Richard and Randi Laufer of New York.
A New York couple traveling from Washington, D.C. to their home in Long Island in October unknowingly picked up Lady Luck as a passenger. Their plan to purchase Powerball tickets in every state, combined with a delay leaving Maryland due to a flat tire, put the jackpot chasers in the right spot to buy a $50,000 winning ticket!
Richard Laufer and his wife Randi were in the District of Columbia for business back on Oct. 26, when the Powerball jackpot reached a whopping $750 million. As they drove north, they decided to purchase Powerball tickets in as many states as possible in hopes of stopping the jackpot’s roll.
A flat tire, however, stopped their roll! The couple wound up at the Maryland House Travel Plaza on Interstate Highway 95 in Aberdeen to wait for service. While there, they bought a $2 quick-pick Powerball ticket for the Oct. 27 drawing. The Powerball players eventually continued their trek north, purchasing more tickets along the way.
“I just put them all in my wallet and continued life as normal,” said 54-year-old Richard. “I didn’t find out I had a winner until Wednesday (Jan. 2).”
The financial regulator was at work cleaning out his wallet when he came across the tickets. He began checking the numbers and was shocked when he got to the ticket purchased in Maryland.
“I checked online and noticed right away that I had three numbers,” said the