A construction worker’s craving for pizza and tacos led him to a convenience store in Maryland where he bought a winning Powerball ticket.
The 66-year-old man stopped by a 7-Eleven with his family Sept. 2 in Prince George’s County, the Maryland Lottery said in a Sept. 7 news release. Lottery officials didn’t identify him in the release.
He bought a Powerball ticket like he normally does and went home with his food.
A few days later, he went to a 7-Eleven in Hyattsville and bought another Powerball ticket.
He scanned the first ticket and realized he won the game’s third-tier prize of $50,000.
“I have been waiting for this and planning for this for years,” he told lottery officials.
He plans to use his prize money on a new work truck so he can start a company, according to the release.
Hyattsville is about 30 mile southwest 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.