UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CBSDC) — It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: ‘A guy walks into a gas station…’
But one man in Maryland may be laughing all the way to the bank, hundreds of millions of dollars richer.
Although the two jackpot winning tickets from the record $558 million Powerball drawing were sold in Arizona and Missouri, there may still be a big Washington area connection.
On Thursday afternoon, a man, reportedly holding a Powerball ticket from Arizona, went “bonkers” after casually checking to see if he was a winner at an Exxon station in Prince George’s County.
The unidentified man, who was dressed in neon reflective gear similar to that of a highway worker, showed pure elation after the machine revealed he was a millionaire many times over. He then showed the ticket to the store’s clerk and another customer for verification.
The clerk says the mystery winner told him he was with the military.
The man didn’t say long. He quickly exited the store, only turning back briefly at the door, presumably still in shock.
If the man does indeed have a winning ticket, he will walk away with nearly $200 million after taking the cash option.
There is one catch though. Lottery rules state he must claim his prize in Arizona within 180 days.
That’s probably not going to be a problem.
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