A college student from St. Mary’s County who plays Racetrax occasionally beat the odds on a recent wager, scoring a prize of $29,295.70 on a Superfecta Box bet.
Her horses sent Brooke Adkins to the head of the class in December. While running errands, she stopped at Centre Liquors in Leonardtown to purchase scratch-off games and decided to play Racetrax, too.
The Mechanicsville resident played the 8, 9, 10, and 12 horses in a Superfecta Box configuration for 20 draws. The bet consisted of a 10-cent wager for each of the possible combinations of those four horses finishing in the top four spots. She added the Bonus multiplier feature to her wager, too.
Some players like to stay at a Lottery retailer to watch the virtual horses cross the finish line but Brooke had errands to run. She left and checked the ticket for a win later in the day.
“I was really thirsty, so I stopped to get a drink and decided to check my ticket, too,” she said. “I gave it to a cashier, who told me it was a big winner and that it was too high for her to cash.”
Brooke asked the cashier to check the ticket again because she couldn’t believe the big win was real. With the win confirmed, she immediately went to her mother’s job to share the good news.
“She was so excited,” said Brooke. “She couldn’t believe it either.”
Brooke took her ticket home and locked it up for safekeeping. She decided to wait until the New Year to claim her big prize for tax reasons. The happy winner claimed her prize this week, accompanied by a family friend.
Brooke told Lottery officials that she has no immediate plans for her cash windfall and will save the funds for now.
Also celebrating her lucky win is Centre Liquors. The Lottery retailer located at 40955 Merchants Lane in St. Mary’s County receives a bonus of $292.95 from the Lottery for selling a winning Racetrax ticket worth $10,000 or more. The bonus is equal to 1% of the prize.