Family Birthdays Bring Lottery Luck to Woodlawn Woman

A retired General Motors employee told Maryland Lottery officials that she’s played the same set of numbers for every Mega Millions and Powerball drawing for which the Lottery has sold tickets. She played them faithfully, sure that someday they’d deliver a big prize. That “someday” arrived on July 18 and the big prize – a $50,000 Powerball win.

“Even back when Mega Million was called ‘The Big Game’ and Powerball wasn’t even here yet, I played them,” said the Woodlawn resident. The numbers, a series of family birthdays, have brought her smaller prizes frequently over the years. A significant win eluded her until last week when she bought a $2 Powerball ticket at Wabash Discount Liquors in Baltimore.

Before turning in for the night on July 18, the 77-year-old checked the news to see how she fared in the drawing. “When I saw my numbers on the screen there for Powerball, I got so excited! I spent a few minutes thanking God and then called my son and my sister. Finally, it happened!”

A portion of her prize will go toward clearing away a few bills and upgrading a vacation she’s planned with her son. The Baltimore County woman plans to set aside the rest for her family and to keep her jackpot game streak going. She may try her luck again at lucky Wabash Discount Liquors, which is located at 3741 Wabash Avenue in Baltimore.

“I am very grateful for this win, but I’ll keep playing just in case there’s more luck in these numbers,” she said, adding, “maybe even the jackpot kind of luck.”