A ticket sold on Maryland's Eastern Shore was one number away from making it's lucky owner a near-billionaire.

Instead, the person who purchased a ticket at the Food Lion in Berlin won a $1 million second-tier prize. The ticket hit on five numbers, but not the Powerball.


Nobody won the grand prize in the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, so the rollover creates a $1.3 billion purse for the Wednesday drawing.

Gas stations, liquor stores and other establishments were bustling with hopeful winners buying tickets this weekend.

A hand-written sign advertised the new jackpot on the cashier's window at the BP gas station on Hanover Street in Federal Hill, where owner Indra Katuwal said he had sold 500 tickets to one man — a $1,000 transaction.

"It's crazy, man," he said. "Everybody's going crazy for that. It's a lot of money."

Davon Evans, 32, of East Baltimore, bought his tickets Sunday afternoon at Greenmount Market, a store near North Avenue. The Powerball fever has reached such a high level, he said, that some parents are having their kids help them pick out numbers.

"That's a life changing event if you do get the numbers," Evans said, "especially for people in these neighborhoods that don't have nothing."

The holder of the second-tier winner purchased at 10126 Old Ocean City Boulevard is encouraged to sign the ticket and put it in a safe location, Maryland Lottery officials said. The winner has 182 days to claim the prize from lottery headquarters at 1800 Washington Boulevard in Baltimore.

Winning numbers for Saturday night's drawing were 16-19-32-34-57. The Powerball was 13.

Seven tickets were sold in Maryland worth $50,000, according to the Powerball website. Those tickets had numbers with four correct numbers plus the Powerball. More than 400,000 participants won in Maryland on Saturday's drawing — the majority of them taking home a $4 prize for matching just the Powerball or one other number plus the Powerball, the Powerball website said.