Baltimore great-grandmother claims big win
Beginner’s luck blessed a Maryland Lottery scratch-off fan who decided, on a whim, to try the game of Racetrax. She won a heart-racing prize of $31,233!
The great-grandmother of four was at One Stop Fuel, a Baltimore City BP station, when another player suggested that she try Racetrax, the Lottery’s computer-animated horse racing game. She followed the suggestion to place a Trifecta bet on the 12, 10 and 11 horses to win in that order. The northeast Baltimore woman bet that combination for 20 races, but left the store without waiting to see how her horses fared.
A few days later, the retired insurance company employee returned to her lucky Lottery retailer to scan the $20 ticket and see if following the tip paid off. She won the biggest Lottery prize of her life and everybody in the store knew something big had happened!
“I was jumping up and down,” she said with a smile. The grandmother of six and mother of one simply had to share the news with her friend, who accompanied her to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the big prize.
“I got one of those ‘Guess what?’ telephone calls,” her friend said. He added that the winner often watches the TV show, “The Lottery Changed My Life” and joked that she can now be on that show.
The happy Lottery player plans to spend her prize on members of her family, enjoy the holiday season and do a few home improvement projects.
Also a winner is her lucky Lottery retailer. For selling a winning Racetrax ticket valued at $10,000 or more, One Stop Fuel located at 5000 Harford Road in Baltimore earns a $312.33 bonus from the Lottery – equal to 1 percent of the prize value.