A Worcester County man who won Saturday's $1 million Powerball ticket has claimed his prize, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The 51-year-old heating, ventilation and air conditioning employee from Berlin was one of 28 second-tier Powerball winners across the country — and the only in Maryland — in the Jan. 9 drawing, Maryland Lottery officials said.
No one has yet won Powerball's $1.5 billion jackpot. The next drawing Wednesday night. If no one hits the jackpot Wednesday, Saturday's estimated jackpot will be $2 billion.
The winner from Berlin chose to remain anonymous. He purchased the winning, $6 Maryland Lottery Powerball Quick-Pick ticket at a Food Lion in Berlin when he went in to grab some limes, lottery officials said.
For selling the second-tier winning ticket, the grocery store receives a $2,500 bonus from the lottery.
The man and his significant other watched the football playoffs until late Saturday night. Unable to sleep, he checked his numbers and spent the rest of the night pacing the house and trying not to wake her up, he told lottery officials.
"I was numb," the man said.
By 4:30 a.m., he couldn't take it: He woke her up and told her, and neither could go back to sleep.
The winner told lottery officials he plans to pay off the couple's debts and his four children's college loans.
Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.