Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Steven Livingston of Frederick is the
Retired U.S. Army veteran wins $7,500 and autographed football
Although his heart belongs to the Washington Redskins, retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Steven Livingston never fails to rally behind the Baltimore Ravens when they face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers.
“I’m a BIG Redskins fan, I LOVE the Redskins but I like the Ravens,” the Frederick man said, turning up at Maryland Lottery headquarters in a Redskins baseball cap to claim a Ravens-themed prize in the new Keno with J.O. Bonus Match-up promotion. When he learned about the new promotion, the enthusiastic 55-year-old started playing, hoping to win the football or helmet autographed by #75 retired Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden that accompanies the three $7,500 prizes and one $75,000 prize awarded each week.
He scored! Livingston was the first of the four Week 1 winners who claimed the Keno with J.O. prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. He won $7,500 and an Ogden-autographed NFL football. The four-week promotion under way through Aug. 4 celebrates Ogden’s induction on Aug. 3 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Players make a Keno purchase of $5 or more to get a Keno Bonus Match-up coupon. Each week, they check mdlottery.com for the numbers of the four winning coupons. One lucky overall winner will get field passes to the Nov. 24 Ravens-Jets game to see Ogden receive his ring.
“I like him and what he did for the team and how he helped bring them to the Super Bowl win,” said Livingston. He also likes Keno. Whenever he plays poker at the Moose Lodge in Frederick, the father of four plays Keno. Livingston is also a fan of the Lottery’s Pick 3 and Pick 4 games.
“I’ve never won anything good before,” the Virginia native said, noting that he almost hit once in Pick 4. He plays the year of his son’s birth, 1990, “religiously, every day. The one day I went to the hospital and couldn’t play, my numbers came up.” Now that he won Keno with J.O., he said he is at peace with that missed opportunity.
“I am not mad at anybody,” he said, grinning and holding his signed football. “I love this football. I have a couple of Ravens friends who will be really, really jealous.”
The Ogden-autographed ball is going in his “Redskin Whatnot and Football Memorabilia Room” beside his NFL football autographed by Washington Redskins Hall of Famer Darrell Green. Livingstone met Green and got to shake his hand the day he received the other football.
“I’ll put the footballs side by side,” he said. Livingston began following the Redskins in 1967 and evolved into a true fan while in high school. He went straight into the U.S. Army afterward and retired with a disability after 21 years. His wife works as a journalist with the Department of Defense.
As for the $7,500 prize, Livingston plans to “rejuvenate” his savings account, pay off his bills and treat his wife of 11 years, Juanita, to a special evening. Their wedding anniversary is July 17. “I said, ‘Sweetheart, we’ll celebrate with a nice anniversary dinner.’ ”
The lucky man found the winning Keno with J.O. Bonus Match-up coupon at Moose Lodge #371 at 828 East Patrick Street in Frederick.