Can you imagine winning a $50,000 Powerball ticket and forgetting about it?
Well, that was the case for a woman from Naples, Florida, who bought a Powerball ticket during a trip to Maryland to visit her family.
It was only months after this trip when she realized that she had won $50,000.
Story behind the forgotten Powerball ticket
On June 25, the Maryland native bought a $10 quick pick Powerball lotto ticket for the June 26 drawing. She purchased the ticket from Texas Ribs & BBQ in Clinton, MD.
A typical routine for this woman who usually buys Powerball tickets on her trips home, the 32-year-old never gave it a second thought.
According to MD Lottery, months after buying the ticket — around 1 a.m. when she was cleaning out her bookbag — she rediscovered the Powerball ticket. She then pulled up the MD Lottery app on her phone and scanned the ticket about six times, not believing what she saw. The ticket was worth $50,000.
The MD Lottery reported this woman’s initial thought: It can’t be real. The woman said she plans to use this money for a family vacation and boost her savings account.
Powerball a hit among Marylanders
Last week, MD lottery players won nearly $32.3 million from Powerball.
On Dec. 15 in Jessup, MD, a Powerball ticket worth more than $2 million was sold. Four other winning tickets worth $100,000 or more were sold in Beltsville, Frederick, Silver Spring and Sparrows Point.
As of yesterday, the $2 million Powerball prize remained unclaimed along with a “Fast Play prize worth $166,334. That ticket was sold on Dec. 13 in Frederick, MD.
The next Powerball drawing will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
How to play
You can buy a Powerball ticket at any of the Maryland Lottery retailers.
To play, all you need to do is pick any 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number between 1 and 26. You could also choose the Quick Pick feature to get a randomly generated set of numbers.
Powerball drawings occur every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV.