Maryland man with two birthdays played the lottery with both and won $1.9 million jackpot
People who play the lottery often choose numbers that have some special significance to them. Whether it’s their own birthday, an anniversary date, or the day a child was born, many consider them meaningful or even “lucky” numbers. For one Maryland man with two birthdates, that doubling-up of luck paid off — big time.
The 79-year-old man from Gaithersburg told Maryland Lottery officials that a paperwork error gave him two separate birthdays when he was born in Louisiana in 1939. His “official” birthday was recorded as April 23. As it turns out, that was a mistake — he was actually born two days earlier, on April 21. He’d only recently switched his vital records to reflect the correct date.
Considering both birthdays to be his lucky numbers, the unnamed man has played them both in a variety of lottery games. On May 7, six of the numbers in his set of lucky dates matched the winning numbers in Maryland’s Multi-Match drawing, landing him an enormous payday: the $1.9 million jackpot.
The man discovered his big win the day after the winning numbers were drawn, when he returned home in between his shifts as a ride-share driver.
“I was scanning the newspaper and flipped to the lottery section first, and when I saw the numbers my eyes just grew bigger and bigger,” he told Maryland Lottery officials.
After realizing he had the winning numbers, he immediately called his wife.
“When I told her how much we had won, at first she didn’t believe me!” he revealed.
The couple chose to take the cash option for the prize, totalling $1.45 million before taxes, and intend to speak to a financial adviser to discuss how best to handle their windfall. They anticipate that they may use their winnings, in part, to pay off bills and donate to their local church.
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An unnamed 79-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland has two different dates of birth due to a paperwork mistake when he was born. In the May 7 Multi-Match drawing, he won a massive $1.9 million jackpot after playing both of his birthdates.