Winning Racetrax ticket resurfaces a month prior to expiration
A North East woman experienced a roller-coaster ride of emotions involving two brushes with Lottery luck. The college student won $20,601 in May on a Racetrax Superfecta bet, lost the ticket for months and again experienced the exhilaration of winning when she found the ticket tucked safely in a textbook.
The 19-year-old shared her topsy-turvy journey to the Maryland Lottery Winner’s Circle when she claimed the ticket last week – just a month shy of its expiration.
Calling herself “Found Money” for Lottery publicity, the Cecil County resident said she purchased the lucky ticket on her way home from a part-time job. “Found Money” stopped at a Harford County Sunoco on her way home. She chose a $1 Superfecta wager for four drawings, using numbers for the four horses from several family phone numbers.
“Found Money” discovered her luck shortly after she returned home. All four of her horses had crossed the finish line in order, winning a $20,601 prize! The odds of the win were approximately one in 30,933, but her odds of claiming the prize soon became remote. The busy college student had tucked the ticket away for safekeeping but lost track of its location.
After months of searching, “Found Money” found the valuable ticket bookmarking a page in one of her textbooks. According to the winner, the excitement of rediscovering the ticket was like winning the Lottery prize all over again.
The first-year student is studying business management. “Found Money” plans to use the winnings for tuition and other educational expenses.
Selling the lucky ticket was Riverside Sunoco Plus gas and convenience store located at 1319 Riverside Parkway in Belcamp. For selling a winning Racetrax ticket of $10,000 or more, the retailer earned a $206.01 bonus from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1% of the prize.