Two Lucky Montgomery County Residents Strike Lottery Gold in Silver Spring

Two local residents have recently scored significant wins at Silver Spring establishments, according to the Maryland Lottery.

A Silver Spring resident who regularly plays Cash4Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions recently experienced a significant win after years of smaller prizes. On February 8, luck struck when his Cash4Life ticket purchased for the evening drawing yielded a substantial reward.

According to a press release, the information technology worker joyfully claimed his largest Lottery prize to date – a second-tier win in Cash4Life. Accompanied by a friend of almost four decades, the winner visited the Lottery’s office in Baltimore to celebrate this milestone. Reflecting on their longtime discussions about potential big wins, the winner expressed gratitude that their dream had finally materialized.

Cash4Life second-tier winners can opt for $1,000 per week for life in annual payments or a lump sum of $1 million. Choosing the latter, the winner intends to invest the majority of the prize, settle outstanding bills, and continue working.

Despite his routine purchase of a $2 quick-pick ticket at Giant #135, where he also buys cigarettes, the winner never anticipated such a significant win. However, upon checking his ticket four days later, he realized he had defied the odds. Keeping his success confidential except from his wife and close friend, he safeguarded the winning ticket in a pair of shorts stowed away for winter at the bottom of a dresser drawer.

Acknowledging the retailer’s role in his victory, Giant #135 at 3860 International Drive at Leisure World Plaza will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling the second-tier winning Cash4Life ticket.

Additionally, a woman from Montgomery County who enjoys playing Lottery games, particularly Racetrax and Bonus Match 5, recently had a stroke of luck. Despite regularly using her own set of numbers for Bonus Match 5, she opted for a quick-pick ticket for a change and ended up winning the game’s $50,000 top prize on February 13.

Purchasing her $2 ticket at Fenton Citgo in downtown Silver Spring, the winner described feeling amazed upon realizing her win, exclaiming, “I was numb… I finally got some money!” She promptly shared the exciting news with her husband of 35 years.

After winning the lottery, the recipient expressed plans to settle outstanding bills and contribute to charitable causes as her top priorities.

The Fenton Citgo store, where the winning ticket was purchased, has been awarded a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize ticket, following the recent sale of a $50,000-winning ticket at the same store last week.

Maryland has seen seven $50,000 top-prize winners in the Bonus Match 5 game this year, according to the Maryland Lottery.

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