Persistent Middle River Player Scores $50,000 Bonus Match 5 Prize

Plans to use windfall to ‘catch up on some bills’

A forklift driver from Middle River is $50,000 richer after one of his personal sets of numbers won the top prize in an Aug. 4 Bonus Match 5 drawing. Persistence paid off for the loyal player. “If you wait on something long enough, it will come,” he said.

The Baltimore County resident bought the lucky $4 ticket on the way to his girlfriend’s house. He stopped at Royal Farms #015 in Essex and, hours later, discovered that Lottery luck had come his way.

“I was home checking my phone and I looked up and all the numbers matched,” he said. “I was like, ‘Wow, it is a winner!’”

The 58-year-old has won big before, having claimed a $25,000 Pick 4 prize over a decade ago.

“I was calm. I didn’t get too excited. Now, if I ever won a million dollars, then I might jump up and down,” he said with a smile.

The happy player came to Lottery headquarters to claim the prize on Aug. 8. He said he spends his time working and likes to bowl as a hobby. The father of one plans to put the money in the bank and will probably use it to “catch up on some bills.”

This was the 28th top-prize winning Bonus Match 5 ticket sold this year. For selling the lucky ticket, Royal Farms #015 at 1601 Middleborough Road in Essex receives a $500 bonus from the Lottery.