Racetrax Box Bet Makes Palindrome Pick a Winner

Player goes with 10, 11, 12 bet and scores with 12, 11, 10 finish

A Lyft driver from Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood gets his gas – and his Racetrax fix – a short drive away at the Irvington Osprey convenience store and Crown Gas station. Gas is a sure thing, but he also does OK playing the Maryland Lottery’s animated horseracing game.

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or sequence of characters that reads the same forward or backward. On Palindrome Day (Feb. 2, aka 02-02-2020), the Lottery fan played the high-odds horses 10, 11 and 12 in a Trifecta Box configuration. He won $15,727 when the winners crossed the line in the palindromic order 12, 11 and 10.

The driver claimed his prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters on Feb. 3 between fares, commenting, “I like to play boxed.” He enjoys watching the simulated animated horse races when he takes a break and has scored two solid wins in the $1,800 range on previous occasions.

The 26-year-old, who has no special plans for his windfall, will put the funds into savings. He’ll also keep playing Racetrax.

Also benefiting from the big win is his lucky Baltimore City retailer. For selling a winning Racetrax ticket worth more than $10,000, Irvington Osprey at 4122 Frederick Avenue receives a bonus of $157.27, equal to 1 percent of the prize.