Maryland Lottery Bonus Match 5 Win Brings Holiday Joy

Woman Claims $50,000 Top-tier Prize

A New Carrollton woman was just about to stuff her Thanksgiving turkey when her holiday joy hit a new high, thanks to the Maryland Lottery.

The 62-year-old loyal Lottery player, who checks her Bonus Match 5 numbers diligently, took a quick break from preparing her family’s Thanksgiving feast to see if her ticket was a winner. She couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw that five of her numbers matched, making her $50,000 richer.

“I was thoroughly in shock because I originally thought I only had four of the numbers right,” she explained to Lottery officials. “When my husband told me I had them all correct, I nearly fell over!”

She is even more grateful about her Thanksgiving win because of a fortunate misunderstanding that occurred when she bought the Bonus Match 5 ticket. She routinely purchases a single set of numbers. This time, however, the store clerk rang her up an extra set of numbers by mistake and she decided to go ahead with the additional purchase. That second set of numbers turned her ticket into a winner!

The lucky woman plans to use the money to pay a few bills and treated her loved ones to a nice holiday. She bought the winning ticket for the Saturday, Nov. 23 drawing at the Giant Supermarket in Hyattsville.