Sparrows Point retiree claims $15,000 prize
With his granddaughter in tow, a retired shipyard worker navigated his way through Baltimore to the Winner’s Lounge at Maryland Lottery headquarters on Monday to quietly claim his biggest-ever Mega Millions prize. In fact, the $15,000 prize he won in the Friday, July 18 drawing was triple the amount won by only one other Marylander who matched four numbers plus the Mega Ball.
How did this Sparrows Point resident get so lucky? He added the Megaplier to his quick-pick ticket and turned $2 into $15,000 overnight.
“When my wife showed me the winning numbers from the Lottery’s website and I compared them to my ticket, I was stunned,” said the grandfather.
“When he realized what had happened, he started shaking,” added his granddaughter.
The loyal Mega Millions fan plays only the popular multistate game and no others. Lottery luck entered his life courtesy of Freedom Drug at 7568 North Point Road in Baltimore. The Baltimore County resident decided to buy only one ticket for the drawing when he made his purchase on Thursday. The 75-year-old has won $500 several times and expected that amount to be the most his luck would deliver.
“I would have liked to get that last number, but this win is pretty special,” he said. The family plans to dedicate the Mega Millions winnings to their savings.