Woodlawn college student claims $50,000 prize in April 30 drawing
Three generations of a Woodlawn family played roles in a 20-year-old’s $50,000 Bonus Match 5 win this week. A conversation about a grandfather inspired a father to offer advice to a son that produced quite a Maryland Lottery payday for the entire family.
The saga started Tuesday afternoon when the winner was driving with his dad, sharing memories of his grandfather who passed away recently. They two stopped at Rt. 40 BP in Baltimore to fill up the gas tank. While there, his father bought a few Lottery tickets.
“I rarely play the Lottery,” the lucky college student told Lottery officials, “but my dad plays a lot and wins a lot. I figured that I would give it a try.” The amateur asked the “old pro” for help picking numbers for the April 30 Bonus Match 5 drawing. Thinking back to their conversation, the dad suggested numbers associated with the grandfather’s life. “It seemed like a good idea, so that’s what I did,” said the lucky novice.
Drawing time on Tuesday night found the pair together in the living room. The father was watching for drawing results on TV and the son was watching a video on his phone. The peaceful evening came to an end when the winning Bonus Match 5 numbers appeared.
“I recognized them immediately,” the dad told Lottery officials. It wasn’t until he noticed the look on his father’s face that our winner realized something big had just happened. “We were both shocked, especially me when he told me what the prize was. I really didn’t believe it.”
The Baltimore County resident plans to share his $50,000 windfall with his family. Also sharing in the fun is Rt. 40 BP located at 5612 Baltimore National Pike, which will forever hold a happy place in this family’s heart. The Lottery will give the Baltimore area store a bonus of $500 for selling a top-prize winning Bonus Match 5 ticket.