Barber’s Phone Call Home Shapes Bet, Aids $20,489.60 Racetrax Win

His win is a cut above the rest! Touring barber Desmond London won $20,489.60 with a Racetrax Superfecta Box bet.

North Carolina man places $9.60 Superfecta Box wager

One lucky number and a call to mom turned a Racetrax Superfecta Box bet into a major moneymaker for a traveling barber from Wilmington, North Carolina. The 38-year-old’s winning wager delivered a $20,489.60 prize!

Desmond London has cut hair for more than 20 years and seen his share of beards, sideburns, tapers and fades. Currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area, he keeps folks in the DMV looking sharp. When his workday ends, Desmond trades his scissors and trimmers for a seat at a Lottery retailer to enjoy a few rounds of the Maryland Lottery’s Racetrax game.

This week, while watching the horses run at Coventry Way Exxon in Clinton, Desmond noticed the race results and got a feeling that the No. 9 horse was headed for a win. To place a Superfecta bet, Desmond needed to pick three more horses. He phoned home for a bit of handicapping from his mother and she suggested the No. 7, 10 and 11 horses.

Desmond placed a Superfecta Box wager using the four horses for four races. His races were almost over when his horses made their move. As the field rounded the track for the final turn, good fortune aligned and his horses crossed the finish line in the No. 7, 10, 9 and 11 order. Because he boxed the wager, the finish paid off $20,489.60 on his original $9.60 wager!

The lucky winner scanned his ticket to confirm the result and tried to keep himself calm while doing flips inside. “I was pretty chill,” explained Desmond.

As he tucked the ticket away and left the store, he called his mother to let her know that her lucky numbers had come in. He did not, however, explain how much he had won. Desmond is planning to surprise her with the news at an upcoming family gathering.

In addition to helping with bills and boosting his savings, the prize may be a key to Desmond’s next step in his career – opening his own shop!

Also in the Winner’s Circle is his lucky Lottery retailer. The Prince George’s County Exxon station located at 6441 Coventry Way in Clinton earns a bonus of $204.89 for selling a winning Racetrax ticket over $10,000. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.