Lusby Resident Wins $150,000 Bonus Match 5 Jackpot
For Lusby resident Chris Hoffman, “stop the presses” has always been a phrase he associated with a momentous occasion followed by changing newspaper printing plates. The 50 year-old Washington Post press operator recently had a moment of his own, when he won $150,000 playing the Maryland Lottery’s Bonus Match 5. Hoffman won the game’s top-prize of $50,000 on each of his three tickets
The morning after Hoffman and wife Lori celebrated their 27th anniversary, he woke her with startled shouts. “He had this look on his face like we had to go somewhere. I started worrying that someone was in the hospital,” said Lori.
Hoffman knew how much he had won when he saw his numbers on the Lottery website. “I kept screaming ‘I hit it big. No way. No way!’ I couldn’t think of anything else to say,” said Hoffman. “I woke up everybody in the house.” When the exuberant winner double-checked the winners, he saw that there were three winners in the State of Maryland. “Me, me and me,” said Hoffman, referring to the three tickets bearing the numbers that he had played in the game for over 15 years. “The numbers came from the top of my head and I kept playing three tickets because I always knew they would pay-off,” said Hoffman.
The Hoffmans plan to use the winnings to pay off their truck, pay down the mortgage and help their kids. The happy couple is also looking forward to spoiling their first grand child, due to arrive in December. “This is the best blessing. We’re not struggling, but this is going to make life really good for a while,” said Hoffman. The winning tickets were purchased at Ranch Liquor on Town Square in Lusby.