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Visits to Mall Result in Windfall for White Marsh Man

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Wins $50,000 Top Prize Playing Gimme 5 Scratch-off

Michael Spinnato retired not too long ago from BGE after 29 years of service. Since then, he has filled some of his spare time with visits to White Marsh Mall, where he meets to chit chat with friends and play the occasional Lottery game. This past Friday, he was engaging in his typical routine with some non-typical results.

“I bought several scratch-offs,” said Michael. “I won $45.”  With those winnings, the 57-year-old father-of-two bought ten more instant tickets. He scratched the first five or six and, if his calculations are correct, it was the seventh or eighth ticket that made his day. “I started shaking,” said Michael. “I said to my buddy, ‘I think I just won $50,000.”

His buddy looked at the scratch-off and responded, “Yeah, you did.” Michael quickly called his wife who was at the doctor’s office with her mother. “I started crying,” said Kathleen, who accompanied her husband to Lottery Headquarters. “The doctor asked me if I was alright.”

Michael also shared the good news with the proprietor of the News Stand where he purchased his winning ticket. “He’s a great guy,” said Michael. The Spinnatos intend to give some of their winnings to their son and daughter. “They both said to me ‘you know I’m your favorite child,” Michael said with a chuckle. The couple’s grandchildren, four-year-old triplets, will also be taken care of. “We’ll do something good with this money,” said Kathleen. They will do something good for themselves too. Yesterday, the twosome booked a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The winning ticket was purchased at the News Stand, located in White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. in Nottingham.

  • curt Johnson

    congrats im your favorite loser piece of crap right then you turn around and hit the strike ball with the headpin to go last im happy for ya

  • Judy Brown

    Congratulatios! I am happy for you guys and even happier that you plan to share with family. Way to go. My day is coming. I see it now but with a couple more zeros! Remember to save for the rainy day! Have fun!

  • Teresa

    So great to win…we need some luck in Southern Md also….

  • Congrats, my husband and I are awaiting our big pay day, we can feel it coming. We have been playing for years and know it is in our destiny

  • Teresa Winhauer

    Punta Cana here we come!!

    Teresa & BOB

  • tennisace

    I am looking forward to a PowerBall or MegaMillion hit…Even a Bonus Match 5 wouldn’t be so bad..I can feel it…Congrats to you

  • danny

    Nice but the Lottery needs to spread the love to Montgomery County

  • yveet

    way to go mike! so happy for you and your family.

  • Cathy

    I’m your second favorite redhead, right?

    Congrats guys – so awesome!!!

  • james

    one day i will win mega millions too

  • Crissy Shull

    Way to go Mike! I knew you would hit big one day!
    Congrats to you and your family….enjoy the winnings!

    See you at the mall!