Apr 17, 2006, 4:05 pm
A Silver Spring, Maryland, man won $500,000 in Wednesday evening's Maryland Pick 4 drawing playing twenty tickets.
This is the second big win for him. In 1997, he won $250,000 playing Pick 4.
"I told the Lottery official back then that I would be back and here I am," he said.
The winner also hit midday that same day for $3000. The office manager of a contracting company was home sick on Wednesday and called the store to put in his evening numbers.
The retailer told him he hit midday, so the lucky player decided to go down to the store to claim his winnings and put in his Pick 4 number, 4762. That night as he watched the drawing, he saw his numbers come out one by one.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said the winner. "I could barely watch, as the final number popped up."
He has yet to tell his wife or son about the big win. "I have something very special planned for my wife, I'll tell her then," he grinned.
The winner, originally from Brooklyn, New York, said he plans to move to Florida next year. He said he will also invest and pay some bills.
The winning ticket was purchased at Bel Pre Beer and Wine located at 2251 Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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