Postal Service Worker Wins Big Playing Numbers from Package’s Barcode

Lucky Lanham man claims $25,000 prize on Pick 5 ticket

A barcode-scanning issue turned a routine day of delivering packages into a $25,000 payday for a U.S. Postal Service employee. While every work day has challenges, the Lanham resident experienced a glitch when the barcode on one of his packages would not scan correctly. Instead of seeing it as a negative, he saw it as a sign to play a Lottery game.

After work, the 58-year-old visited his regular Lottery retailer, Wayside Farm Market located at 11790 Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring. He bought a Pick 5 ticket for three evening drawings, June 4-6, placing a 50-cent straight bet on the number 14661. It wasn’t until five days later that he checked the winning numbers and learned that the failed barcode number earned him a $25,000 prize.

“Wow,” the lucky winner recalls thinking when he realized his fate. The Prince George’s County resident immediately told his excited wife and children about his Lottery luck. The loyal player has worked as a postal service employee for 34 years. He is still considering options for enjoying his prize.

His lucky Lottery retailer, Wayside Farm Market, also benefits from the big win. The Montgomery County business will receive a $250 bonus from the Lottery for its role in selling a winning Pick 5 ticket worth $25,000.