Finds his second big win on same holiday weekend
Two big Racetrax wins on Labor Day weekends several years apart gave a Baltimore city man a serious case of déjà vu.
The avowed Pick 4 player rarely tries other Lottery games and almost never – except on Labor Day weekend – plays Racetrax. While his favorite daily game has been very good to him over the years, his two biggest wins both came on a Labor Day weekend and involved the Maryland Lottery’s popular simulated horse racing game.
“I’m a Pick 4 man, but certain numbers, when I see them, just stick in my mind,” he said. “When I put enough of them together in my head, I get a ticket for a different game, like Multi-Match or Keno.”
This past Labor Day weekend was one of those times. For no particular reason, the 61-year-old city employee put the accumulated numbers into a 20-draw Racetrax Superfecta Box bet. To win, the four horses he chose – 7, 8, 10 and 11 – could finish in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in any order and they did!
“When I went in to collect some of my Pick 4 winnings I checked the Racetrax ticket,” he said. “The cashier told me it was a winner and then, after scanning it, showed me that is was for $16,742.50. I was stunned, but it immediately dawned on me that it was Labor Day weekend two years ago when I’d won my biggest prize, Racetrax for $19,000. Everything had happened in almost exactly the same way at almost exactly the same time.”
Our lucky player’s prize is destined for the bank, he said, although some of the winnings may go toward an upcoming vacation with his wife.
Hobbits at 4517 Bowleys Lane in Baltimore served as the starting gate for the Racetrax game that put our player in the winner’s circle. For selling a winning Racetrax ticket of $10,000 or more, Hobbits earned a $167 bonus from the Lottery.