A jobless bus driver opened his eyes early on Christmas morning to see a $ 10 lottery ticket that earned him money for life.
Now he’ll be paid $ 1,000 a week, according to the Maryland Lottery – “dramatically” improving his finances.
Howard Lewis Jr., of Elkton, had to stop working as a bus driver due to the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to to buy a Cash4Life ticket on Christmas Eve, said a Dec. 29 press release for the State Lottery.
He missed the 9 p.m. drawing that night and went to bed, but had trouble sleeping.
When Lewis woke up around 3 a.m. he pulled out his phone to check his ticket on the state lottery app and that’s when he saw he had the five winning numbers in the draw, the statement said.
“I almost dropped my phone,” Lewis said in a statement.
He plans to spend some of his income on home improvements and a new pickup truck, the statement said.
Royal Farms convenience store Lewis Jr. bought the lucky ticket and will receive a bonus of $ 2,500 for selling it to him.
Howard Jr. is the third person in the state to win $ 1,000 a week for life in 2021, according to the State Lottery.