Powerball winner belatedly claims $200,000

Waldorf man almost waited too long

November 07, 2011|The Baltimore Sun

A Waldorf man almost waited too long but has finally claimed his $200,000 Powerball winnings more than five months after buying the lucky ticket, the Maryland lottery reported Monday.

Michael Halmon, a 49-year-old father of six who drives a United Parcel Service truck, had been alerted months ago by a store clerk that he'd bought a winning ticket, but didn't take the time until recently to actually check what he'd won, according to the lottery. Under lottery rules, winning tickets must be claimed within 182 days of the drawing date. That deadline was a little more than two weeks away when Halmon took the winning ticket to be scanned at the Clinton convenience store where he'd purchased it.

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