Sometimes it pays to go the extra mile, or in this case, pay the extra buck.
A Powerball player in Thurmont turned a $50,000 prize into a quarter-million dollars by paying the extra $1 for the multiplier, which in this case turned out to be five times the winning amount, according to a news release from Maryland Lottery.
The winning ticket for the Aug. 31 drawing was sold at the 7-Eleven on Frederick Road. The winning numbers were 4, 41, 50, 56 and 57. The Powerball number was 18.
To qualify for the prize won here, the person drew four of the five numbers and the Powerball number.
The holder of the winning ticket, who is from Glenville, Pennsylvania, came forward to claim the prize on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Maryland Lottery confirmed.
The winner has chosen to remain anonymous, which is allowed in Maryland, the spokesman said.
The retailer does not receive a bonus for selling what is considered a third-tier winning ticket in Powerball, according to the spokesman.
The Maryland Lottery announced the winner in a news release that highlighted $26.1 million won or claimed in the state between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1. In all, 19 tickets worth $10,000 or more were sold or claimed in that time period: 11 scratch-offs and eight draw-game tickets.
A $10,000 scratch-off prize was claimed after a winning ticket was purchased at Waverley Beer and Wine in Frederick.
Additionally, a $15,000 Keno ticket was purchased Sept. 1 at CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co. in Mount Airy and a $10,000 Mega Millions ticket was purchased Aug. 24 at Plus Mart in Frederick. Both remained unclaimed as of Tuesday.