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Persistence Pays Off For Suitland Man

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Playing the Maryland Lottery every day for the past 20 years paid off big for a Prince George’s County resident.  The 66-year-old man, who chose to remain anonymous, came to Lottery headquarters this afternoon to claim a $50,000 Bonus Match 5 prize.

The Andrews Air Force Base heavy equipment operator was still shaking his head in disbelief when describing his big win:  “I didn’t even know,” he said, “she just told me!”  The “she” to whom the winner was referring was his long-term girlfriend who discovered his good fortune several weeks after its April 30 purchase.  “He had some old tickets that hadn’t been checked and I decided to scan them one day,” she said.  “I knew we had won big when I saw the ‘see attendant’ message on the screen.”  Initially, she planned to keep the win a secret for a few weeks, but that soon changed.  “As soon as I saw him I knew I had to tell him immediately.”

The winner intends to use his prize money to help out family members and possibly go on a cruise.  He also plans to take his girlfriend out for a nice dinner on the town. The winning ticket was purchased at the White Oak Convenience Store, located at 11407 Lockwood Dr. in Silver Spring.

  • Tonya

    ………..as I am in the same mode. Congratulations to all winners; we can always use extra cash to enhance our joys. I do know I have a big day coming I’ll say with Bonus Match 5. That is my favorite game and I’m actually going to step up how much I play. Enjoy ya’ll winnings!!!

  • venoris scurry

    Congrats! I know that my turn to win big is coming up soon! While I’m waiting I send sincere congratulations to all winners!

  • Helena

    Someone needs to win on the Eastern Shore, no-one ever wins here.

    • mdlottery

      Helena: The geographic locations of our winners are random. There is no way to predict where the winners will be. However, research tells us that more winners come from areas of the State in which more people are playing. Please take a look at our winners stories. There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

      In fact, we just had a big winner in Salisbury. You can read her story here.

  • http://www.mdlottery.com andre

    A dollar and a dream that’s what the lottery is all about, everyone hopes that today will be their day, it’s the spriit that keep people going when things are tuff, Never give up, always keep your head up, good luck everyone, today could be your day.

  • LBrown

    I have played the MD Lottery over 30 years and I can count the times on one hand that someone in line in front of me or myself played only $1. I hit the four digit straight twice and many other 3 digits straight; and I still have not recouped what I spent playing. Playing $1 if you have the will power probably won’t hurt, but it lessens your chances of winning even more; so I wouldn’t make it an obsession to my good fortune plan. More chance in being rich or just highly successful by putting your inner, creative gifts to work for you; doing what your passion has always been. One thing for sure you can count on though, is if you eat at Mickie D’s every day for a year, as good as it tastes, you will be spending a large portion of your money on doctor bills. Good Fortune! Good Health!

  • Jade

    Congratulations. I just hope the lottery is not the winner or anyone’s retirement plan. Yes, I enjoy playing too but I also enjoy saving for the future. Please, don’t anyone quit your day job thinking “persistent” lottery playing will payoff big.

  • Diane

    It’s a $1.00, and most of us spend more than that at McDonald’s every day, and not a chance on any type of return. It’s a game and if you don’t play you will not be in the winners circle. Enjoy your winnings.

  • LBrown

    I’m placing my road to fortune on my diligent work and my ability to budget and save. If only I had done this a long time ago; I probably wouldn’t be wanting for anything now. Those of you who are still wishing in the gigantic wishing well; I pray for the best for you. Congrats to those who have won and/or those who have recouped a portion of their money back.

  • http://marylandlottery Bea Woodard

    Im also patiently waiting to be a winner & you are right persistant does pay off, congrats!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://marylandlottery Bea Woodard

    Im also proud that is was a suitland resident, because Im patiently waiting to be a winner!!!!!!!

  • Judy Brown

    O00ps! I have to correct myself. That was for the week. I meant to calculate annually! So 365 x $1.00 per day x 20 yrs = $7300.00 so 30+ thousand returns! Very good but what if he played a lot more per day?
    Best wishes,

  • Judy Brown

    I am happy for the winner! Its nice to see people win even though its not me! One day I will be smiling with that big check. But has it occurred to the winner and others that if a man has been playing every day for 20 years and at $1.00 per day its $52 in a year so 52×20 = $1100 minimum so a high return of some 40+ thousand but I doubt that anyone would play only a dollar per day for 20 years! He may have broken even, but its more likley that he won depending on how much he wagered each time for those two decades! Congrats and spend wisely.

  • http://Md.Lottery Diane Wilcoxen

    PERSISTENCE!! OH PLEASE, tell me another, been playing 38 years now and still counting, so don’t tell me PERSISTENCE!! At this point winning $500.00 means nothing to me!!! Sorry not anyones fault except mine, for playing the lottery, too late to quit now even thou I have cut back, doing another cut soon.

  • chrisgurl30

    @ Denise-all the time, I hear about winners they are in Baltimore or Hagerstown. What about Prince Georges County?

  • Francenia Grimes

    I agree with you Denise, it is about time a winning ticket is sold someplace other than the Baltimore area. Best of luck to the winner and I too am persistent and I know that I am going to be a big winner someday real soon. Let’s keep the winning in the Suitland area for a while. Enjoy your winnings.

  • Denise

    Way to go Suitland! Glad it is someone that is not in Baltimore!

  • http://google william ward

    i know persistence will do just that pay off in a long run good luck



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