|Rickie Beavers of Arlington, Va. enjoyed time gambling at Maryland Live! Casino and, before leaving, bought a $15 Powerball ticket with the Power Play option. He wound up winning $50,000!|
Purchased Power Play Option for $5, Quintupling His Win
Rickie Beavers of Arlington, Va. has always enjoyed frequenting area casinos, but never in his wildest dreams did he think he would walk out of the doors with a $50,000 Powerball win.
When Rickie and his wife of six years were on their way out of Maryland Live! Casino, he stopped to buy a $15 Powerball ticket for the road. The Virginia resident used Quick Pick to select five lines of numbers with the Power Play option.
“We’ll take $200 and head to the penny slots,” Rickie said. “We stay away from some of the other games, but we really enjoy penny slots. We’re sure to only gamble what we can afford.”
The 56-year-old told Lottery officials that he always makes sure he has a little money left to buy a Powerball ticket. “I had $20 left that day so I bought a $15 ticket,” he explained.
The next day, when Rickie had the chance to check his Powerball ticket on his phone, he noticed that he had matched four numbers and the PowerBall. The extra $1 he spent on the Power Play option certainly paid off – it quintupled his winnings from $10,000 to $50,000!
He showed his wife the winning ticket and the couple celebrated before stashing the ticket somewhere safe. “I actually had to come to Lottery headquarters three times to claim,” he said, laughing. “I forgot my Social Security card the first time.”
The lucky Virginian is looking forward to using the winnings for a big trip. Rickie has already started planning a vacation with his wife to St. Lucia.
Rickie found his luckiest win to date at the Maryland Live! Casino located at 7002 Arundel Mills in Hanover.