A 41-year-old father of one scored a big Powerball prize in Maryland, but he doesn’t have plans to tell anyone the good news.
The man bought a few tickets for the Sept. 30 drawing in Rosedale, the Maryland Lottery said in an Oct. 25 news release.
At the time, the jackpot was nearly $1 billion.
Then a few weeks went by.
“I kept saying I need to check those tickets,” he told lottery officials.
He keeps several lottery tickets in envelopes in his vehicle so he can check them at a later time.
On Oct. 23, the man started scanning lottery tickets until he got a winning notification on his phone.
At first, he saw $100,000, but realized there was another zero, making his prize $1 million.
He decided to keep his win a secret.
“I went to work like nothing happened. Tomorrow I’m going to work like nothing happened,” he told lottery officials.
The winner said he might tell someone about his prize “years from now.”
He has plans to invest some of the money and save some for his son’s future.
Four other players won $1 million in the Sept. 30 drawing, including two people from Florida and one person from Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Rosedale is about 5 miles northeast of Baltimore.
What to know about Powerball
To score a jackpot in the Powerball, a player must match all five white balls and the red Powerball.
The odds of scoring the jackpot prize are 1 in 292,201,338.
Tickets cost $2 and can be bought on the day of the drawing, but sales times vary by state.
Drawings are broadcast Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:59 p.m. ET and can be streamed online.
Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.
If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.