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Maryland woman’s lottery mistake turns smaller prize into $103,182

Aug. 28 (UPI) — A Maryland woman’s mistake while playing a lottery game turned what would have been a small prize into a total $103,182.

The 41-year-old Germantown resident told Maryland Lottery officials she was in the outdoor seating area at La Mexicana in Germantown when she decided to try out the Racetrax virtual horse racing game.

“I had a bit of luck on the game, winning a few Win and Show bets for a couple hundred dollars and decided I should try my dad’s numbers on a longshot bet,” the woman said.

The player said she intended to use the numbers 2-9-5-10 — her father’s go-to numbers when betting on races like the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes — for a series of five races, but she made a mistake while buying her tickets and ended up putting all $5 on the same race.

The woman used another $5 to place her intended bet — which included another $1 bet on the first race — and ended up winning.

The $1 bet earned the woman $17,197, while the accidental $5 bet scored her $85,985 — a total prize of $103,182.

The winner said she plans to save most of the money for herself and her children, but some will be donated to her church’s youth programs.

A Maryland woman’s mistake while playing a lottery game turned what would have been a small prize into a total $103,182.

Winning $15K Maryland Lottery Racetrax ticket sold in Perry Hall

PERRY HALL, MD—Another week, another local winning ticket.

It was a winning week for fans of the Maryland Lottery’s Racetrax, as the computer-animated horse racing game accounted for nine tickets worth at least $11,000 including a $15,367 winner sold in Perry Hall.

Officials say the winning ticket was sold on September 22 at the Safeway located at 9645 Belair Road (21128).

The Maryland Lottery encourages players to check their tickets by scanning them at any Lottery retailer or with the Lottery’s mobile apps. Draw game winners have 182 days from the date of a drawing to claim their prizes, and scratch-off winners have 182 days from the announced end-of-game date, though there is a grace period for tickets that expire during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Earlier this month, a winning $2 million scratch-off ticket was sold in Perry Hall.

Winning $15K Maryland Lottery Racetrax ticket sold in Perry Hall PERRY HALL, MD—Another week, another local winning ticket. It was a winning week for fans of the Maryland Lottery’s Racetrax ,