House Number the Key to Ft. Washington Pick 5 $50,000 Win

Couple’s retirement fund gets a boost

He’s played Pick 5 since the game began in February, a retired law enforcement officer from Prince George’s County told Lottery officials. The Fort Washington resident says he always plays the same number combination using his street address plus one extra digit. It took more than three months but his strategy paid off to the tune of $50,000.

“I don’t think I’ve missed even one drawing,” said the 69-year-old. “I’ve bought Lottery tickets in the past and never stuck with a specific number. When Pick 5 started, it just felt like I should start.”

Our winner’s wife informed him of his good fortune. “She knows that number I play and recognized it when it was listed during the news. She called me right away.” He tells us that she sounded excited, but first wanted to confirm that he’d played his favorite number that day. “I assured her that I had.”

The couple is shocked by their Lottery luck and “surprised, of course, by the amount. $50,000! We see this as such a blessing.” They plan to solidify their retirement nest egg and then share some winnings with family members and favorite charities.

Al’s Beer & Wine at 6224 Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill sold the $50,000-winning Pick 5 ticket in the June 1 drawing. For its role, the Prince George’s County business will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery.