Career-High Win for Washington, DC ManThursday, July 1st, 2010
Wins $50,000 Prize on Bonus Match 5
Lester Smith Jr. plays Bonus Match 5 every day. He’s even won before. But for the first time Tuesday evening, Lester finally hit all five numbers to win the game’s top prize of $50,000. His good fortune came as no surprise to the loyal Lottery player. Just a day earlier, he told his boss that he knew he was going to win a big prize. The next day his boss received the call, “I got it.”
The 71-year-old’s reaction to discovering he was $50,000 richer was nonchalance. “I was calmer than the retailer who checked the ticket. He couldn’t believe a big winner was sold in his store.” The washer and dryer installer has no extravagant plans for his winnings. The self-proclaimed “homebody” will give some to his two children, and continue to play the Lottery. “You have to play to win,” said Lester.
The winning ticket was sold at Royal Farms located at 8686 Washington Blvd in Jessup.