The public fascination with who won the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot turned to Maryland on Friday, as reports surfaced that a customer at an Upper Marlboro gas station claimed he had the coveted winning ticket.
Marylanders were buying $2 Powerball tickets at an average of 569,000 per hour Wednesday as the jackpot climbed to $550 million. And, while hopefuls lost out to out-of-state ticket holders, one local woman landed the second-tier prize of $2 million, lottery officials said.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot has rolled up to $214 million after a $50 million Delaware winner in early October. The last Maryland winner of the Powerball jackpot was a Cecil county couple who won $128.8 million on Christmas eve.