BLADENSBURG – Residents who purchased a Powerball ticket at either the 7-Eleven at 4907 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg or the Walker Mill Amoco at 6701 Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights should double check their Powerball tickets. They may be a $1 million winner. Three $1 million tickets were sold in the state of Maryland […]
BLADENSBURG – Residents who purchased a Powerball ticket at either the 7-Eleven at 4907 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg or the Walker Mill Amoco at 6701 Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights should double check their Powerball tickets. They may be a $1 million winner.
Three $1 million tickets were sold in the state of Maryland during the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 13, with two in Prince George’s County. Now, the Maryland Lottery is searching for the two lucky winners in the county.
Doug Lloyd, public affairs specialist for the Maryland Lottery, said a lot of tickets were sold in the county and the fact that there were two $1 million winners in the county is “just amazing.”
“We didn’t get the big win, but (Maryland) had three, total, million dollar winners – two in the county. We had 24 total winners of at least $50,000. One person played the power play, so their $50,000 win becomes a $100,000 win,” he said.
On the night of the Powerball drawing, Maryland residents bought $14 million worth of lottery tickets, according to data provided by the Maryland Lottery. In the entire cycle of the historic jackpot, Maryland bought $27.4 million in tickets. There were more than 560,000 winners statewide, winning anywhere from $4 to $1 million. There were 81 $1 million winners nationwide and three jackpot winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
“Having winners in the state of Maryland, it is the proof in the pudding that the games are selling,” Lloyd said. “If you can’t produce a win, people tend to lose confidence in things. That being said we know that the odds of having a winner are always steep, so we like to celebrate when it does happen.”
The winners have approximately 182 days to claim their prize at the Maryland Lottery headquarters at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.
As part of the celebration of the winners, and in recognition of the lottery’s relationship with their vendors, the Maryland Lottery presented bonuses to the retailers where the million-dollar tickets were sold.
Lloyd said the lottery considers the retailers partners and said the business relationship between the two is “very symbiotic.”
“We depend on them to make sure the lottery players feel confident and secure in their lottery purchases,” he said. “A lot of the time, they are the face of our business and it’s important to make sure we reward them when good things happen to them and good things happen to their players.”
The Maryland Lottery has 42,000 vendors statewide and as luck would have it, Husein Bataineh’s 7-Eleven was one of the three vendors to sell a million-dollar ticket. That sale earned him a $2,500 retailer bonus check, which he will share with the franchise.
When Bataineh came in to work on Jan. 14 at 5 a.m., he didn’t know his store had sold a winning ticket.
“I saw a couple of media trucks here, and when I came out of car they came and swarmed me with their cameras and asked, ‘did you know you sold a million-dollar ticket?’ And I said ‘no, I’m just hearing that now,’” he said. “I got really excited, to be honest with you. The first thing I did was I checked my ticket.”
Bataineh only won $4 with his ticket, but a much bigger prize was on its way later in the day. He said the $1 million winning sale is a good thing for business and said he hopes the winner is one of his regular customers, though he sold tickets to people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region and even a person from Tennessee.
“I’m really happy and I’m really excited to see whoever is the winner,” Bataineh said.