Montgomery County Woman Stunned by Big Bonus Match 5 Win

Claims $50,000 top prize in Sept. 19 drawing

She almost never buys tickets, a Silver Spring resident told Lottery officials when asked about the events that led to her $50,000 Bonus Match 5 top-prize win last month. “I just never think to get them, even when I’m in stores that sell lottery.” That dynamic is a constant in her life unless, she added, something jogs her memory. Happily, “something” did just that.

“I was visiting my parents and when I left their house, I noticed the store where my dad buys his tickets. That’s all it took.” With the Lottery suddenly and unexpectedly on her mind, she kept an eye out for another Lottery retailer as she drove home. This brought her to Fenton Citgo in Silver Spring.

The Montgomery County woman chose Bonus Match 5 as her game that day. “I don’t know why I chose it to play,” the human resources specialist said. “It just felt right.”

Later that night, with the Lottery still very much on her mind, our winner looked up the winning Bonus Match 5 numbers in the Sept. 19 drawing on the Lottery website. “I stared at the numbers and then my ticket – back and forth – for several minutes. ‘Oh my goodness,’ I thought. ‘I’m a winner!’”  When she knocked on her parents’ front door the next day, her dad knew that something was up. “It was all over her face. She just looked so excited,” he said.

Taking care of debt, helping her family and making investments are the plan for the $50,000 prize. “This is such a blessing for me, for us.”

A $1 Bonus Match 5 ticket buys you one line of numbers. For a second dollar, you get two more lines of numbers, three in total. It was the third quick-pick line on our winner’s $2 Bonus Match 5 ticket that delivered this $50,000 win. For selling the top-prize winning ticket, Fenton Citgo at 8333 Fenton Street in Silver Spring received a $500 bonus from the Lottery.