Truck driver wins at Powerball; vows to help others

A 63-year-old truck driver plans to use part of his Powerball winnings to pay some bills and then help others.

A news release from the Maryland Lottery says Brion Church of Middle River, Maryland was out for a motorcycle ride with a friend recently, and found himself distracted by worries over several big bills coming due in a few weeks.

“We had stopped for a snack and I told my buddy that $50,000 would take care of all of my problems,” Church told lottery officials. Brion had no clue that his money woes were already over because of a lucky Powerball ticket tucked in his back pocket.

The 63-year-old truck driver is a frequent player of Maryland Lottery jackpot games, and had a Powerball ticket in his pocket. He stopped at a 7-Eleven in Baltimore on June 27, to pick up Bonus Match tickets for the week when he noticed a Powerball banner celebrating a winning ticket sold there. That banner got Brion thinking about his weekend Powerball purchase, according to the lottery department.

“I asked the clerk to check my Powerball tickets,” Brion said. “He scanned them, handed them back and said, ‘Congratulations, you’ve won $100,000.’ ”

“This win means that my bills are now paid and that my vacation worries are gone,” said the Baltimore County resident. There will be enough money left over, Brion said, to help a friend or two.

“That’s the best part of this for me, to be honest,” he told lottery officials. “I know some people in tough situations. I’m glad to be able to help.”