Lottery Luck Rings Twice for Phone Company Retiree

Upper Marlboro woman wins $50,000 on Magic Number Bingo game

“It’s not my first time at the rodeo,” a Prince George’s County woman told Maryland Lottery officials as they ushered her into the Winner’s Circle – the room at Lottery headquarters that every player hopes to visit.

The Upper Marlboro woman enjoyed a second visit to the Winner’s Circle, thanks to a $50,000 top-prize win on a Magic Number Bingo scratch-off.

“We were here five years ago to claim a $250,000 prize,” said the 72-year-old retired telephone company technician. “I’ve enjoyed playing ever since then, but I really never expected to win big again.”

Grocery shopping put the twice-lucky player in the right place at the right time. “I always get a scratch ticket from the machine on my way out of the store,” she said of her routine at Shoppers #2353 in Largo. “This time, I chose a bingo game – just spur of the moment.”

That $5 instant ticket she scratched off later at home confused the lucky winner. “I knew I’d won and that it was a big prize, but I just wasn’t sure.” A trip to a nearby Lottery retailer cleared up the mystery of the $50,000 prize. “I told my husband when I got home,” she said. “You should have seen his face.”

Paying bills is the order of the day for the happy couple. Our winner also plans to keep scratching away at her favorite Lottery games in case another win is in her future. “It’s fun, and now that I know that luck can happen twice, I’ll hope for a third win,” she said.

Her lucky Lottery retailer also wins! For selling a top-prize scratch-off in the game, the Shoppers store located at 806 Largo Center Drive in Largo will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery.

The Magic Number Bingo game has three more $50,000 top prizes still available. Nine $10,000 winners remain unclaimed since the game’s September 2016 debut along with thousands of other prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000.