Lucky “N.J.A. Granny” plans to treat her grandkids with part of her $50,400 Bonus Match 5 win.
Lucky numbers deliver game’s $50,000 top prize
After 14 years of playing the same lucky numbers in a variety of Maryland Lottery games, “N.J.A. Granny” of Laurel hit the big one! She found a perfect match and a nearly perfect match with the winning numbers in the June 27 Bonus Match 5 drawing, giving her a $50,400 prize.
The grandmother of three and mother of one is no stranger to winning Lottery prizes with her lucky numbers, which she plays for Pick 3, Pick 4, Bonus Match 5 and other games. Never before, however, has the state employee won the $50,000 top prize playing Bonus Match 5! Her lucky numbers are her birth month and her siblings’ birth months.
The 69-year-old bought her lucky ticket at Giant #340 in Laurel, which is one of four Lottery retailers she favors. She finished her grocery shopping that day and bought her ticket for three drawings. The loyal player was watching TV when she realized it was 9 p.m. and decided to check the winning numbers using the Maryland Lottery app.
“I checked it on my cell phone,” she said. Even though she saw the winning numbers matched those on her ticket, and knew she’d won a prize, “N.J.A. Granny” said there was no celebration that night. “It didn’t register until the next day when I checked the numbers again.”
She still didn’t celebrate outwardly because she plans to keep her win a secret. She also plans to devote part of her prize to a good cause – doing something fun for or with her grandchildren!
Her lucky Giant also wins. For selling the top-prize ticket in the game, the Prince George’s County store located at 1009 Fairlawn Street in Laurel will earn a $500 bonus from the Lottery.