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Quick Grocery Stop in Berlin Leads to Winning $1M Powerball Ticket

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Million dollar Powerball winner (Photo: WBOC News) Million dollar Powerball winner (Photo: WBOC News)

BERLIN, Md.- A Worcester County man who wishes to remain anonymous has claimed Maryland's first $1 million Powerball prize of 2016. 

According to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Association, the father of four stopped at his local Food Lion in Berlin on Saturday, Jan. 9, in search of affordable limes when he bought his second Powerball ticket of the day. The man said he had originally stopped at a grocery store in Delaware in search of the limes, but passed them up and instead bought a ticket. On his second stop, at the Berlin Food Lion, he ran inside to grab the limes and decided last minute to grab a $6 Maryland Lottery Powerball Quick-Pick ticket. 

That night, the man said he and his significant other watched the football playoffs together until she decided to go to sleep. The 51-year-old finished watching the game and later decided to take a look at his Powerball tickets. 

"I checked the numbers, unfortunately, because I didn't sleep well," he said. When he discovered the win, he had trouble keeping the news to himself.

"I was numb," he said, "I didn't want to wake her up,"

By 4:30 a.m., the man said he could wait no longer. He delivered the news to his significant other that no one won the world-record Powerball jackpot, but added, "We still won a million."

The winner is an employee in the HVAC field and hopes to pay off college loans for his children and the couple's debts before deciding what to do with the remainder of the money, Maryland Lottery officials said. 

The Worcester County man was one of 28 second-tier Powerball winners across the country in the Jan. 9 drawing. Of those 28 players, two added the Power Play option to increase their prize to $2 million. 

In all, 406,168 Marylanders won prizes of $4 and up in the Jan. 9 drawing, according to the Maryland Lottery. 

The Berlin Food Lion received a $2,500 bonus from the lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

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