Retailer Picks Winning Ticket for Lottery Player

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Montgomery County man wins $50,000 Big Money Mega Play Top Prize

Big Money Mega PlayWhen a Silver Spring Lottery player purchased a Big Money Mega Play scratch-off ticket yesterday, he couldn’t have imagined that he’d be soon be heading to Lottery Headquarters to claim a $50,000 cash prize.  The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, did just that this afternoon.

The still-stunned winner told Lottery officials that although he’s won cash prizes before from the Maryland Lottery, he’s never won anything this big.   “I usually go after work to pick up a few tickets,” he said. I have a ritual where I let the clerk pick my tickets out for me. To my surprise, he picked out a winner!”

The 45-year-old man, who has worked in maintenance for over 18 years, said he plans to help the clerk that picked out the ticket for him with some kind of reward. “If it wasn’t for him, I probably would not have won.” He said he believes he was meant to win because he kept getting a feeling that he would win money. “Also, when I looked at the ticket, I noticed that the winning amount on the ticket was under my lucky number which is 36. This is truly a blessing for me and my family,” he said.

He said that beside giving the clerk a small reward, he plans to put some extra money on his mortgage, pay a few bills, and put some aside for his daughter’s college tuition.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Woodyard Shell at 8906 Woodyard Road in Clinton.

  • Jason Huggins

    I can’t believe people are somehow under the impression that lottery is some how rigged into having more people from Baltimore win.I worked in Baltimore and can tell you that you can buy lottery tickets from ten different places every city block.Im sure the amount of tickets sold in Baltimore out numbers the amount of tickets sold anywhere else in the state and that would be the reason it seems more people from Baltimore win.

  • Val

    @ Shore Lady…I feel the exact same way! There are hardly ever any winners outside of the Baltimore region.Particularly,NORTH of Baltimore! And,that generic reply they give,hahaha…that’s too funny! Many of us have stopped purchasing lottery tickets,now.I mean,why fund the Md.Lottery,for all of the Baltimore winners?!

    • mdlottery

      Val: I’m sorry you feel slighted by our response. Maybe I can provide some more detail.

      Winning numbers (Pick 3, Pick 4, BM5, Multi-Match, Mega Millions and Powerball) have always been – and will continue to be – purely the luck of the draw and a matter of random chance. Numbers drawn for each of the Lottery’s daily drawing games are arbitrary. Every time a ball is drawn, it is an independent and unique event, completely unaffected by what ball was drawn seconds, hours, days, or weeks earlier. In addition, each ball drawn has the same exact chance of being drawn as any other ball in the machine, at any point in time.

      Winning scratch-off tickets are distributed randomly throughout an entire game. If the average chance of winning a prize is 1:5, this does not mean there is an automatic winner within every five consecutive tickets. There is no pattern as to where winning tickets will occur. The odds on the back of the ticket are the ‘overall odds,’ which is best described as the ratio of winning tickets to non-winning tickets from all tickets printed for the game.

      For monitor games (Keno and Racetrax), the computer system that selects the winning number is a completely different system than the one that is accepting numbers from players.

      All Lottery games, scratch-off results are purely the luck of the draw and are simply a matter of random chance.

      When taking into consideration all Lottery games it simply comes down to overall probability. Because the population is higher in Baltimore and a few other parts of the state, more tickets are being bought, which results more winners from those areas.

  • Senora Vargas

    Once again, I agree with you guys. People always win in BMORE! I am honestly about to go on strike from the lottery. I play about $100 a day, and always BMORE…..*sigh*…Its not fair, I really believe that this is rigged. The $2million logo hunt, look@ how many of the $1,000 winners are from BALTIMORE!!!! Its to many to be a coicendence

  • leanr

    congrats man. Glad to hear that someonne outside of B-more won. Scratch offs cost more, but are a better chance of winning.

  • Shore Lady

    Never nothing on the lower shore.I think the eastern shore should go on strike from the lottery.

    • mdlottery

      Shore Lady: 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, Dawn Brink of Stevensville just won Ravens Season Tickets for Life. You can read her story here.