Wins $675,000 Multi-Match Jackpot
There must be something in the water in the small town of Middletown. For the third time this year, a Middletown resident has claimed a large Maryland Lottery prize. The most recent winner, Bruce Barnhard, won Monday night’s $675,000 Multi-Match jackpot. He can now be added to the growing list of 2013 big winners from the Frederick County town. Last Friday, Middletown resident David Cline claimed a $50,000 The Price is Right scratch-off top prize, and in January, a 34-year-old anonymous man from the same town claimed a $1 million Powerball second-tier prize.
Barnhard was on his way home from work on Monday when he decided to stop for a drink and a Multi-Match ticket. He went about his business as usual the next day, stopping to play Keno. While at the store, the 54-year-old remembered that he had a Multi-Match ticket to check. “As soon as the machine scanned the ticket and I saw I had to go to Lottery headquarters, I had a feeling it was something good,” said Bruce. “I looked the numbers up as soon as I got home and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
His wife of 25 years, Eileen, didn’t believe her husband when he told her they had won the jackpot. “He’s always joking around with me and I really thought this was a joke,” she told Lottery officials. “We called our daughters and son-in-law the next day and told them the good news.”
The Middletown couple plans to invest the majority of their winnings, but mentioned helping their daughter, Sarah. “We want to help our daughter with her tuition so she can concentrate a little more on school and not have to worry about graduating with a lot of debt.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Stup’s Market at 5550 Mountville Road in Adamstown. The retailer will receive a $1,000 commission for selling the winning ticket. This was the fourth Multi-Match jackpot win this year. The last three jackpots have been hit in Western Maryland.
Bruce and Eileen Barnhard celebrate their Multi-Match win.