Last Friday, Nakia Grant was in the right place at the right time. Her boss asked her to go to the store to pick up some supplies, and while she was there she decided to purchase a couple of Bonus Match 5 tickets. “I have only played one other time, but I figured why not,” said the 32-year-old U.S. Army veteran. Later that evening, before going to bed, she checked her tickets online. She looked at the computer and then her ticket. She then looked at the computer and ticket again, in a “back and forth” motion. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…my first reaction was WHOA!” She told her partner, who had the same shocked reaction. Nakia couldn’t sleep that night, and the next morning decided to check the ticket one last time.
The winner kept the ticket in her wallet until that Monday when she visited Lottery headquarters to cash it. Her plans include paying bills, saving, sharing with family, taking trips to Disney and maybe Las Vegas, and going back to college. The winning ticket was purchased at 1 Convenience Store on 10201 Reisterstown Rd. in Owings Mills.