Silver Spring Man Stunned after Scoring $100,000 Powerball Prize

WHEATON, MARYLAND – Soccer fan “Moe” had stopped for a cup of coffee at a Wheaton 7-Eleven on Sept. 1 when Lottery inspiration hit. He realized that the Powerball jackpot was climbing. The Silver Spring resident decided to buy a quick-pick ticket in that night’s drawing and added both the Power Play multiplier option and the game’s new Double Play feature.

The soccer enthusiast was stunned to learn later that he won a $100,000 third-tier prize on his spur-of-the-moment purchase.

The 39-year-old found his Lottery luck at 7-Eleven #22053 located at 11445 Amherst Drive in Wheaton. “I couldn’t believe it,” said “Moe” after scanning his $4 ticket and seeing that he was a winner. The Power Play multiplier doubled his third-tier prize to $100,000. He was especially shocked because, three months ago, he won $1,100 playing Multi-Match.

Although super excited about his win, “Moe” has only shared news of his Lottery luck with his mom. The father of three plans to use part of his winnings to invest in his children’s education. The rest of the windfall, he said, will go toward buying a house.

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Originally from Kenya, “Moe” has worked in the United States as an electrician since 2005. When not working, his favorite pastime is playing soccer with his children.

Our big winner isn’t the only Lottery player to get lucky playing Powerball. There was another $50,000 third-tier winner in the Aug. 21 drawing from Harford County. A 79-year-old Bel Air man won with a $2 quick-pick ticket purchased from Wegmans #53 located at 21 Wegmans Boulevard in Abingdon. He also claimed his prize this week.