Beginner’s Luck Gives ‘Germantown Gal’ $24,476 Racetrax Win

Beginner’s luck and her boyfriend’s encouragement gave “Germantown Gal” a $24,476 Racetrax prize.

Following her boyfriend’s advice and encouragement paid off in the New Year for a Germantown woman, who earned a trip to the Maryland Lottery Winner’s Circle to celebrate her $24,476 Racetrax Superfecta win.

“Germantown Gal,” as she dubbed herself, said she sometimes plays scratch-off games, but rarely plays Racetrax, which is her boyfriend’s favorite game. The couple were together at Shady Grove Beer & Wine in Gaithersburg this week when he encouraged her to try her luck.

“I said, ‘If you don’t play, you don’t win!’” her boyfriend said with a smile.

The 20-something education employee said she was “just along for the ride” but, at her boyfriend’s urging, placed a 20-draw Superfecta bet. She selected four numbers she sees at work: 12, 9, 4 and 1, hoping the horses in the computer-animated game would finish in that exact order. The result had her boyfriend incredulous over what he termed her “beginner’s luck.”

On the sixth race out of the 20 on her ticket, the horses delivered her big win. The “Germantown Gal” plans to put her windfall in the bank for now.

Her Lottery luck also gives Shady Grove Beer & Wine reason to celebrate. The Montgomery County store located at 15904 Shady Grove Road earns a bonus from the Lottery of $244.76 — equal to 1 percent of the prize — for selling a winning Racetrax ticket valued at $10,000 or more.