With the jackpot exceeding the $100 million mark, Marylanders interested in winning the “big” money will want to buy their tickets for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. The multi-state game, which arrived in Maryland this past January, has not yet produced a local jackpot winner, but six lucky players have taken home the second-tier $200,000 prize. One second-tier winner parlayed their prize into $2 million with the Power Play option and another player upped their win to $1 million with Power Play. Since its January debut, Powerball has also had 33 third tier $10,000 prize winners in Maryland.
“The potential for winning large prizes isn’t confined to just hitting the jackpot,” said Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett. “We always strongly encourage players to carefully check their tickets. In fact, there are two $200,000 winning Powerball tickets out there that remain unclaimed.”
The winning unclaimed tickets were purchased at Standard Deli & Grocery in Baltimore on July 14th and Belby Discount Beer & Wine in Rockville on April 21st.
Powerball jackpots start at $20 million. The largest jackpot to date reached $365 million and was won by eight co-workers from a Nebraska meat processing plant who jointly bought a single ticket for the February 18, 2006 drawing. The $365 million win holds the record for the largest jackpot prize in the world for a single ticket.
The Powerball drawing is held in Orlando, Florida and can be seen locally on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 pm on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The multi-state game is played in 41 states, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.