Washington, D.C. Man Redeems Record with $50,000 Pick 5 Win

Failed to purchase a ticket the last time his five-digit number was drawn

A Washington, D.C. man said he experienced the frustration of seeing his favorite Lottery number picked on the one night he didn’t purchase a Pick 5 ticket. When the number was drawn this time around, he was ready with a ticket in hand and claimed the top prize of $50,000.

The retired District of Columbia government worker said he has played the five-digit number 47893 for over a decade. He also played that number in another lottery before Pick 5 came to Maryland.

He estimated that it was 10 to 15 years ago when he did not play that number and quickly regretted it. “I was sitting, watching it on TV, when they drew my number. It was frustrating,” he said.

The big winner explained that he has never purchased a ticket for every drawing but still plays about three times a week with no set schedule. He feels very fortunate that he made the $1 straight bet in the March 20 midday drawing.

“I just reached into my pocket and happened to have a few dollars,” he said.

The loyal player plans to use the funds to pay off the loan on his vehicle and will place the rest in the bank.

He bought his lucky ticket at the Camp Springs Royal Farms #204, located at 6210 Allentown Road in Prince George’s County. The business will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.