Racetrax Serves Retired Chef with a Delicious Win

Baltimore man claims $11,018 prize on ticket bought during a quick stop

A retiree who stopped in at Fireside North Liquors in Baltimore with a friend left the establishment with a few drinks and over $11,000 from a winning Maryland Lottery Racetrax ticket.

The game served up the biggest Lottery win of the retired chef’s life — and that’s saying something because “Chef Hop” of Baltimore started playing Lottery games in 1973 when the Maryland Lottery offered its first weekly drawing.

The 72-year-old won big after placing a Trifecta wager that horses number 11, 7 and 10 would cross the finish line in that order. His 10-draw bet served up an $11,018 prize for “Chef Hop,” who plans to use his winnings to pay off bills, restore his 1988 Ford F150 truck and take his wife on a vacation to Virginia.

“I’m not a big gambler, but I am happy for this big win,” said “Chef Hop.”

His sweet win also served up some sizzling money for his lucky retailer. Fireside North Liquors located at 2201 West North Avenue earns a $110.18 bonus from the Lottery for selling a winning Racetrax ticket of $10,000 or more. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.

Racetrax is an exciting computer-animated Lottery game that offers the thrill of horseracing and the payout and prizes of a Keno game. Players choose from 12 horses per race, with each race lasting up to one minute. A Bonus wheel spins before each race, giving players a chance to multiply their winnings by up to 10X.