Winning Ticket from May 28th Drawing
Michael Halmon is a hard-working man. So hard working in fact, that he didn’t take time to check the Powerball tickets he had accumulated for the past five months. After finally deciding to check his tickets, the 49-year-old soon discovered that he had just over two weeks remaining to claim his Lottery win. According to Maryland Lottery rules, tickets must be claimed within 182 days of the drawing date.
The married father-of-six was told months ago by the clerk at his Lottery retailer that he was a winner. “He told me I won,” said Michael. “I said, ‘No way. You made a mistake.’” The busy UPS driver continued working, not really giving much thought to the prospect of being $200,000 richer.
When Michael’s brother, Tony, who accompanied him to Lottery Headquarters, heard his sibling could possibly be a winner, he said “Man, let’s go look for this ticket.” Michael remained unfazed, responding, “I’m not worried about it. If it’s meant to be. It will happen.”
Finally, just last week, Michael chose to check his Lottery purchases and took them to the store to scan. When the scanner read, “Cash at Lottery” the clerk was unable to tell him how much he had won. He then went to another retailer who checked the numbers with him. “He told me, ‘You won $200,000!’” Michael quickly signed the ticket. “I was so nervous and shaking so much I could hardly write.”
The retired military man immediately shared his good news with family and friends and intends to share his newfound wealth with them as well. He also intends to pay off bills and help with his daughter’s college education. “I’m going to start out 2012 right,” said the jubilant winner. “This is going to be an awesome Christmas.” Warming to the subject, Michael shouted, “I’m going to Disney World!”
The winning ticket was purchased at 7-11 #27411, located at 6570 Coventry Way in Clinton.