A lucky Oxon Hill Bonus Match 5 fan is thanking her very special numbers – and her husband – for her March 12 $50,000 top-prize win in the daily game. He purchased the ticket!
The winner was at work at a local restaurant where she is the manager when her husband purchased the lucky ticket for her. He played nine lines of a combination of all of her favorite numbers at Whitney’s Liquors in Waldorf and went home. Later that evening, after the drawing, he was checking his own tickets when he came across his wife’s Bonus Match 5ticket.
“I looked at the winning numbers and thought, ‘These look like the ones we play,’ ” said the husband. “When I scanned the ticket on my phone and it showed the $50,000 win, I just sat there for a minute.”
He quickly called his wife to tell her that she was the owner of a top-prize winning ticket.
“I thought he was playing,” the lucky lady said. “I told him I was busy and would call him back.”
When the winner got home from work, she woke up her husband so she could confirm the win for herself. When she saw that her numbers – 8, 14, 19, 23 and 34 – matched the winning numbers exactly, she immediately signed the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place.
The couple had to wait for a day off to come to Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the $50,000 prize. The 57-year-old and her husband do not have immediate plans for the windfall. She told Lottery officials that she plans to put the winnings in the bank for now.
The retailer that sold the lucky ticket is also a winner. Whitney’s Liquors located at 2218 Old Washington Road in Waldorf will earn a bonus of $500 from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.