Maryland man’s perseverance pays off with Pick 5 lottery jackpot

A man from Baltimore County, Maryland, said he had bought a Pick 5 ticket with the same numbers every day since the draw began in February, and his strategy paid off when the numbers – representing his birthday – earned him $25,000. File photo by jcjgphotography / Shutterstock

July 11 (UPI) — A Maryland Lottery man who has bought a Pick 5 ticket bearing the same numbers every day since the game began earlier this year has seen his perseverance rewarded with a $25,000 prize.

The 70-year-old man from Baltimore County told Maryland Lottery officials he’s bought a Pick 5 ticket every day since the game started in February, and his tickets still bear the numbers 2-2-5-5-2.

“It’s my birthday,” he said of the meaning of the numbers. “As soon as Pick 5 started I knew I had to play. I’ve always liked those five numbers together for some reason so I knew the game was for me.”

The man said he was shocked when the ticket he bought from Ingleside Liquors in Catonsville turned out to be a big winner in the July 1 draw.

“I walked into the living room just as the Pick 5 drawing was happening on TV,” he said. “I saw every number appear, the two 2s, then the two 5s and the last 2 – each in the exact order. I couldn’t believe it.”

The ticket earned the man a prize of $25,000.

“I haven’t been able to sleep much since winning. I was excited and eager to start and complete the claims process. I’m afraid I kept my wife awake many of those nights,” did he declare. .

The winner said the cash prize would allow him to make it up to his wife.

“Our 25th wedding anniversary is coming up soon,” he said. “I told her to choose where she wanted to go and I would make it happen.”

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