UPDATE September24, 2020- Learning that you won $1.15 million at midnight can lead to a sleepless night, a lucky Charles County woman discovered after checking the winning numbers in the Sept. 17 Multi-Match drawing.
The ticket she bought at Holiday Liquors in Waldorf gave the 67-year-old the $1.15 million jackpot win plus two $2 prizes and a $20 prize on the same ticket. The $10 ticket she purchased a day before had grown exponentially overnight.
The retired healthcare worker, calling herself “Midnight Magic,” is a devoted Multi-Match player. She has enjoyed occasional wins in the last decade. Each time, the Waldorf woman plays the same $10 ticket with five random sets of numbers, hoping for the big win.
“I’ve won $75, $100 and one time a $3,000 prize, but nothing like this,” said “Midnight Magic.”
The clock was striking midnight when the lucky winner noticed her own stroke of luck. Being up late is something that comes naturally after more than a decade of working night shifts at area hospitals. She pulled out her phone to compare the drawing results with her ticket and could not believe what she saw.
“I had to look at it three times, to really see it clearly. Then I had to call a good friend and share the news, because I couldn’t sleep,” said “Midnight Magic.”
The lucky lady elected to receive the cash option on the prize. She told Lottery officials that the win is a blessing and she plans to use the windfall to pay off bills and help her family.
“Things haven’t always been easy for me, so the win is a really nice help,” she said. “This will allow me to take care of myself and take care of my family too. Family and friends that stick by you, they are the things I treasure.”
This is the fourth jackpot hit in the Multi-Match game this year: $1.5 million won March 16 on a ticket sold in Columbia; $1.35 million won June 18 with three winning tickets sold in Gaithersburg, Riverdale and Preston and $540,000 won July 6 on a ticket sold in Dundalk.
The Charles County retailer also benefits from “Midnight Magic’s” luck. Holiday Liquors located at 3385 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf receives a $1,150 bonus from the Lottery for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
A lucky Multi-Match player is Maryland’s newest millionaire after buying the ticket that won the game’s $1.15 million jackpot.
The millionaire, who is the fourth player to hit a Multi-Match jackpot in 2020, matched the winning numbers in the Thursday, Sept. 17 drawing on a ticket purchased Sept. 16 at Holiday Liquors in Waldorf. The lucky player also won two $2 prizes and a $20 prize on the same ticket!
The winner can choose between the annuity and an estimated $1 million cash option (before taxes). The winning numbers in last night’s drawing were 4, 15, 19, 25, 32 and 39.
Lottery officials recommend the player sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until claiming the prize. Winners typically get 182 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes. However, the Lottery has temporarily extended claiming deadlines due to Maryland’s COVID-19 state of emergency. The winner can claim the prize by mail or in person by appointment at the Lottery Customer Resource Center. Get details on how to claim by mail here or schedule an appointment here.
The Charles County retailer is also a winner. The store located at 3385 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf will receive a $1,150 bonus from the Lottery for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
Multi-Match drawings are held every Monday and Thursday night. For each $2 ticket, players receive three lines of six numbers from a range of 1 to 43. Players match between three and five of the winning numbers on any one line to win up to $1,000. Match between five and 18 numbers total on all three lines combined to win up to $2,000 more. To win the jackpot, players match all six winning numbers on a single line. The overall chances of winning are 1 in 8.5.
Watch the drawings at 11:22 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays on WBAL-TV. Results also are available online at mdlottery.com and on your smartphone. Simply download the free MD Lottery app in the Apple and Android app stores.