When a Towson man asked to leave work early today, he explained to his boss that he wanted to claim his $4,000 Racetrax winnings in person at Lottery headquarters. The man, who delivers mail for a Baltimore County agency, had no idea that a last-minute stop would net him an additional $100,000 in Lottery winnings.
The anonymous winner explained to Lottery officials that he knew he didn’t have to claim his Racetrax winnings at Lottery headquarters, but wanted to ask a few questions. After making his last work delivery at Martin State Airport, he stopped at a nearby convenience store to buy his daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers and cashed in winnings from a previous day. “I had eight dollars to spend,” he explained, “so I chipped in another two dollars and bought one A Wreath of Franklins ticket. I was about to claim a $4,000 Racetrax prize so I thought I’d spoil myself!” The man started scratching in the store and explained: “I saw $10,000, then another $10,000, then another $10,000 and they just kept appearing!” By the time all of his winnings were revealed, the ticket showed ten $10,000 prizes on the ticket.
The winner, a single man in his sixties, said that he plans to pay off all of his debt and said that he will now allow himself the thought of retiring sometime soon. “I wouldn’t let myself even think of retiring because I had too much debt to pay off,” he said. “This will more than pay the debt off – what a relief!” He will put the rest in the bank and plans to write his son a nice-sized check so his three grandchildren can enjoy the holidays.
The winning ticket was purchased at Eddie B’s Market, at 1006 Wilson Point Road in the Middle River area of Baltimore County.