Maryland couple claims $1 million Powerball prize after almost throwing ticket away

- A Maryland couple who claimed their share of the historic $1.6 billion Powerball prize Thursday is lucky they didn’t throw it all away.

Kathryn and Ricardo, winners of one of the second-tier $1 million Powerball prizes, said that they were planning on throwing away their 'losing' tickets after hearing there were no jackpot winners in Maryland.

A co-worker told Kathryn that she may want to check her tickets anyway after hearing a $1 million winner was sold in their town of Frederick.

"I checked the ticket and saw that we won," Kathryn told the Maryland Lottery. "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."

The lucky couple didn’t waste any time cashing their ticket.

So what will they do with the money?

Their plans include starting a college fund for their ten-month-old baby, buying a house, taking a vacation and investing.

Ricardo also said that he would like to buy a new truck and splurge on a nice watch.

But first – the two spent the evening celebrating over tonight dinner.

"One of the best parts about this was calling my mom," 36-year-old Ricardo told the Maryland Lottery. "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."

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