Listening to Gut Leads to Full Tummy and Lottery Prize

Baltimore woman wins $30,734 with Racetrax Trifecta bet

A 24-year-old Baltimore woman who listened to her gut — twice — wound up satisfying her hunger for a meal and for a big Maryland Lottery Racetrax win. She won $30,734!

The young woman and her sister, who came together to Lottery headquarters to claim the prize, said they woke up hungry on Saturday morning and in no mood to prepare breakfast. They decided to go to a local fast food restaurant to get something quick to eat. While there, however, the lucky woman’s gut began to talk to her again. This time, the gut feeling was an urge to play Racetrax.

“I just had a strange feeling to play,” said the winner. “I just knew that, one day, those numbers were going to come through for me.”

Those numbers are her lucky trio — 10, 11 and 12. The mother of one placed a Trifecta bet at St. John’s Sunoco in Reisterstown, picking those three horses to finish the race in that exact order. She wagered $1 per race for 20 races and got a $3 discount on the price of the ticket because of a $6 for $5 promotion going on through June 10. The promotion gives Racetrax players a $1 discount on every $6 purchase.

Later, when the retail manager checked her ticket on the Lottery website, she realized the horses ran a perfect race and gave her a $30,734 prize!

“I still can’t believe it,” she said. “I could barely speak when I told my sister.”

“She was acting so weird,” her sister added. “She just burst into tears.”

The winner said she is still in shock and has no initial plans for how she will enjoy her prize.

The Baltimore County Lottery retailer also benefits from this perfect bet. For selling a winning Racetrax ticket worth at least $10,000, St. John’s Sunoco at 11701 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown earns a $307.34 bonus from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.