Cody Kent, a Texas man staying in Ellicott City on business, claimed a $1 million Powerball ticket sold Saturday at an Elkridge 7-Eleven store.
Cody Kent, a Texas man staying in Ellicott City on business, claimed a $1 million Powerball ticket sold Saturday at an Elkridge 7-Eleven store. (Maryland Lottery)

A Texas man in Maryland on business just won $1 million.

According to a press release from the Maryland Lottery, Cody Kent, 37, claimed the $1 million Powerball ticket sold Saturday at an Elkridge 7-Eleven store.

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Kent, an industrial mechanic working in Ellicott City for the last month, told lottery officials he bought four Powerball tickets on a whim.

"After work, my buddy suggested we get some tickets, so we did," Kent said.

According to the press release, Kent waited until Sunday to check his tickets and at first didn't realize he had won.

"I thought the Internet was showing my numbers back to me," he said. "I thought, 'How does the computer know my numbers?'"

After a few minutes and confirmation from a friend who was with him, the fact that Kent had won started to sink in, he told lottery officials.

A sports fan, Kent went to a local bar to watch two of his favorite teams, the Houston Rockets and the Houston Astros, in an effort to calm his nerves.

Turns out Kent wasn't the only winner -- both the Rockets and Astros won. The Rockets' victory was the most significant, as Houston defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 to advance to the NBA's Western Conference finals.

"This has been an awesome weekend," Kent said.

Kent told lottery officials he doesn't know what he will do with his money, although he said he'll probably set up a savings account for his retirement.

The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven store on Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge. The store will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling the ticket.

Three other $1 million tickets were sold for Saturday's drawing -- one each in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

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