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$1 million Powerball winner in Maryland almost threw ticket away

Duo claim second-tier Powerball prize

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FREDERICK, Md. (WSLS 10) - Beaming from ear-to-ear, Kathryn and Ricardo of Frederick, Md., claimed their $1 million Powerball prize from Wednesday night's $1.6 billion record-breaking drawing.

"I still can't breathe," said 34-year-old Kathryn. "I just can't believe I almost threw away the ticket."

Thursday morning, Kathryn walked into work and mentioned that she was going to throw out her Powerball ticket since there were no jackpot winners in Maryland.

One of her co-workers chimed in and told her that she may want to look at her ticket because there was a $1 million ticket sold at the Wawa on Urbana Pike in Frederick.

"I checked the ticket and saw that we won," she said. "I went back to the store and had a cashier scan the ticket. When he said that it was too large to cash, I knew it was really happening."

Kathryn and Ricardo didn't waste any time before taking the trip to Baltimore to claim their prize.

Maryland Lottery officials say the grateful couple has big, but realistic, plans for their prize. Their plans include starting a college fund for their ten-month-old baby, buying a house, taking a vacation and investing. Ricardo also mentioned that he would like to buy a new truck and splurge on a nice watch. The duo plans to spend tonight celebrating with a nice dinner.

"One of the best parts about this was calling my mom," 36-year-old Ricardo said. "All these years, I've wondered what it would be like to call my mom and tell her I won the lottery. It felt great to be able to make that call."

For selling the second-tier Powerball winner, Wawa will receive a $2,500 bonus.

The winning $1 million tickets in Virginia were sold in Salem and Virginia Beach.