Winning Powerball Ticket Sold at Gas Station in California
Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 01:21 PM EST
The winning ticket of the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot in history was sold at a gas station in Milpitas, California, lottery officials announced Wednesday. It was the sixth-largest lottery jackpot in US history.
According to Powerball, 2.7 million players won non-jackpot prizes totaling more than $36.3 Million.
The Wednesday night winning numbers were 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and 34. The winner has not yet been identified. The jackpot reached $425 million by the time of the drawing.
Read the stories of recent Maryland lottery winners below, from mdlottery.com
A Maryland Lottery regular who plays the same numbers several nights a week happily discovered she had the winning combination for the Bonus Match 5 drawing on Feb. 8.
The Suitland woman, who has won small amounts in the past playing a combination of family birthdays and random numbers, claimed the $50,000 top prize in that Saturday night drawing.
“When I saw the winning numbers in the paper the next day, I immediately recognized my family dates,” said the 65-year-old Prince George’s County resident. “I was thrilled. I thought I’d won $15.” Then, the retiree looked more closely at the newspaper’s numbers and those on her ticket. Five numbers matched.
“The newspaper had to have it wrong,” she remembers thinking. “There was no way I had all five winning numbers.” She went online to the Maryland Lottery website and quickly confirmed that good fortune had found her. “I didn’t believe it then, and only sort of believe it now.”
The retired phone company consultant plans to share her winnings with family and her favorite charities. “I’ve been grateful for every win that’s come my way,” she said. “I hope to show that gratitude by helping others.”
Lottery luck visited her at the Shoppers grocery #2350 at 5820 Silver Hill Road in District Heights.
A pre-snowstorm bread run during her lunch break put a huge smile on the face of an Aberdeen Home Depot cashier, who cheerfully returned to her shift on Feb. 12 even though she failed to buy bread. The happy cashier, who worked several more hours, had a reason to smile. Folded up in her back pocket through the rest of her shift was a $100,000 top-prize winning Maryland Lottery scratch-off.
Vicki Hofmeister of Conowingo plays scratch-offs regularly and often walks from her job over to Klein’s ShopRite for Lottery purchases. Knowing a big snowstorm was bearing down on Maryland, the grandmother zipped over to the store to buy bread. Alas, the 62-year-old saw a long line of customers doing the same thing.
“I said to myself, ‘I’m not getting in that line’ and I bought $20 worth of scratch-offs and put them in my (work) apron,” Vicki said. Back at her store, she dashed into the restroom to freshen up and decided to scratch off her $10 tickets. Imagine her surprise when she realized a $100,000 Richer scratch-off had made her just that!
“I had to work another 2 ½ hours with that thing in my pocket,” she said. When she got off work at 2:45 p.m., she called her husband John at his job in Fallston and told him they needed to drive to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “I couldn’t get off work,” John said, and remembers asking her why the trip was necessary.
“I won,” Vicki said. “How much?” John asked. “100,” Vicki said, pausing before adding, “thousand!”
They celebrated that night and kept a close eye on the ticket all during the snowstorm on Thursday. John, 64, headed to work Friday morning despite the 19 inches of snow that coated their Cecil County home. He left work early to bring her to headquarters and they plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style.
The couple have yet to tell their two adult children of their good fortune, which will go entirely into a down payment on a house. They do plan to share the news with their son John, who lives out of state, and their daughter Heather, who lives in Owings Mills. They also plan to keep working unless they hit the Mega Millions jackpot, which is another Lottery game Vicki enjoys playing.
“You never know when your ship is going to come in,” she said.
Vicki found her Lottery luck at Klein’s ShopRite #548 at 949 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen.
What are the chances of hitting big on Lottery scratch-offs twice in one day? Well, it happened to a Frederick couple on Saturday while they were out enjoying their day.
The couple, 26-year-old, Ronald DeGrange and 22-year-old, Chelsea Misenheimer, were on their way to a birthday party when they stopped in a local store to pick up a few items. The couple, who typically purchase lower priced scratch-offs, decided to get a $20 ticket for the very first time, a Hit the Jackpot scratch-off. “I just wanted to see what would happen if I bought a $20 ticket,” said Ronald, an Auto Nation Honda employee. Well, it turned out to be a $500 win.
Filled with excitement, Chelsea, a Dental Hygienist, declared that she wanted to try a $20 ticket too. So, that evening, when they headed back to the store to cash the $500 win, Ronald gave Chelsea $10 to add to her $10 and she purchased a Get Rich scratch-off ticket. “We didn’t want to get the same one as before, so we picked the ticket right next to it,” said Chelsea. However, they didn’t scratch the ticket until early Sunday morning. “I saw $10,000 and then another $10,000 and another and another.” said a shocked Chelsea. “I was freaking out.”
Needless to say the couple had a sleepless night basking in the glow of not one, but two Lottery wins. They hid the ticket in an envelope box and headed to Lottery Headquarters first thing Monday morning to claim the $50,000 win. They split the ticket in half, taking home a little over $16,000 a piece, after taxes. Ronald and Chelsea said they will each pay some bills and save the rest. Both winning tickets were purchased at Beckley’s Liquor Store located at 7611-A Willow Road in Frederick.
On Thursday morning the estimated Powerball jackpot stood at $40 million with a $22.8 million cash value.