New Pick 5 Game Provides New Winning Experience for Loyal Player

$25,000 win is Middle River woman’s first big Lottery score

She’s been playing Lottery games for years and winning often enough to keep her fondness for the daily games alive, a Baltimore County woman told Lottery officials.  The loyal player had focused on the twice-daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 games but added Pick 5 to the mix when the game debuted last month.

Her persistence paid off last Friday, when Pick 5 gave the 66-year-old her first big win of $25,000. The Middle River resident had placed a 50-cent straight bet for the March 18 midday drawing using the numbers 1, 8, 9, 7 and 5.

“I was just bewildered when I saw it,” she said. “I had just been talking to my brother on the phone about paying a bill, and then WHAM!” She checked her tickets using the Lottery app after ending her phone call and there they were, the numbers from her license plate that she’d used for a Pick 5 combination. “I sat there thinking to myself, ‘Could I really just have won?’”

The first thing the healthcare worker did after winning her $25,000 prize was take her granddaughter on a shopping spree. “The rest will go toward knocking out those bills that have been bothering me.”

Assisting Lottery luck in making our Pick 5 winner’s big score happen were the good folks at Shoppers #2286 at 1200 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore. The Baltimore County store, which sold the $25,000 winning ticket, earns a $250 bonus from the Lottery for its lucky sale.