Playing Maryland Lottery games a relaxing diversion
A longtime Maryland Lottery fan from Clinton hit big playing the animated horses on Feb. 1, scoring a $17,592 payout on a single $2 Racetrax Trifecta bet with the bonus option.
“I’ve been playing since before I was married,” the happy winner declared on Feb. 8 while claiming his prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. For the record, the lucky Prince George’s County resident has been married for 33 years. The U.S. Army veteran started playing Lottery games about 42 years ago when he was enlisted in the Army and stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Although no longer enlisted, the winner remains on the medical staff there performing the same operating room job: “saving lives.”
Playing the Lottery – he dabbles in a range of games – is part of his relaxation regimen. “It’s a little diversion,” he said. To win this prize, he bet on the 8, 11 and 6 horses to place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in that exact order. His $2 quick-pick wager brought him the big prize and the Bonus multiplier of 3 tripled his prize.
The winner’s wife will share in the 62-year-old veteran’s good fortune. “I’m going to give her a little bit, pay some bills, put the rest in the bank and call it a day,” he explained.
The money also will come in handy for a trip to the Dominican Republic he is planning to take with a group of 25 to 30 longtime friends. The group includes several guys who have known each other since fourth grade.
Sharing in his good luck is Food Zone at 12500 Livingston Road in Fort Washington. The Lottery retailer receives a bonus of $175.92 from the Lottery for selling a winning Racetrax ticket of $10,000 or more. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.