So far, only one person has come forward to claim his piece of the record $587.5M jackpot. And now, a video from Prince George’s County, Maryland, is taking off showing an ecstatic man celebrating inside a gas station as he verifies his numbers.
Maryland? you might ask. I thought the winning tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona.
You’re right, which would mean that if the man in Maryland is the second winner, he or someone else that gave him the ticket would have had to purchase the ticket about 2,500 miles away in Arizona, since winner number one has already been identified as the Missouri man.
Nevertheless, WJLA-TV is reporting that’s exactly what happened (and that the man, in the moment, claimed to be the winner):
A man, who appeared to be a construction or highway worker, walked into a Prince George’s County Exxon Thursday afternoon and – according to witnesses – walked out a multi-multi millionaire.
Surveillance cameras show a tall, bald man donned in a neon yellow outfit walk slowly in, in no particular rush. He digs deep into a pocket to pull out various lottery tickets. He checks to see if he won anything.
Seconds later, he starts pumping his arms. He gives the ticket, which he says he purchased in Arizona, to clerk Nagassi Ghebre, who says the winning numbers were on the Powerball ticket.
The apparent winner of one of the biggest jackpots of all time quickly turns to a customer for further verification.
If this one of the two national winners, this mystery man gets, after splitting the cash option with a winner from Missouri, nearly $200 million.
One customer said he heard the possible winner may be in the military.
Of course it could be that the man did win money but not the jackpot. Still, several witnesses said they saw his ticket with all the winning numbers. For now, it’s a waiting game until those numbers are confirmed.
The winner has 180 days to claim his prize.
(H/T: NY Post)