Two Germantown area men have hit big playing the Maryland Lottery in October.
The first winner has been called the “Luckiest Man in Maryland” after he hit his third big lottery jackpot in seven years, on October 7. Terry Smallwood, a 53-year-old U.S. Army retiree from Germantown, won $10,000 after playing Keno at Sugarloaf Wine Cellar in Germantown.
Smallwood placed a $15 6-spot wager and, because he added the Super Bonus option, saw his prize double. His winning numbers were 4, 6, 19, 24, 54 and 63.
“I’ve been blessed to have been able to win money playing the Lottery,” he said. “It really is a gratifying feeling to win like this.”
Smallwood won $25,000 less than a week earlier on Sept. 30 playing Pick 4 using his lucky numbers, 2, 1, 5 and 4. He also won a $50,000 prize seven years ago on a $20 scratch-off.
“I’ve been playing those numbers for nearly 30 years,” said Smallwood. “The numbers were part of a serial code on one of my old bank cards that I used to have years ago. I just liked those numbers, for some reason, and I’ve been playing them ever since.”
The U.S. Army retiree was talking with a group of friends he regularly sees at the Sugarloaf Wine Cellar when he noticed that most of his Keno numbers had popped up on the Keno monitor. “I didn’t scream or jump up and down, but I began to feel very happy,” he said.
Terry enjoys playing Lottery games like Keno because he can hang out with friends while playing. “I also feel like as long as I can afford to play a few Lottery games here and there and I’m not using important bill money like my mortgage money when I do, then what’s the harm. The fact that I’ve been winning over the years doesn’t hurt either.”
The happy winner plans to give some of his winnings to his daughter for graduating college and may buy a new grill. The rest of the prize will go into savings.
His lucky retailer also benefits from his big win. Sugarloaf Wine Cellar located at 12955 Wisteria Drive will receive a $100 bonus from the Lottery for selling a winning Keno ticket of $10,000 and up.
The second big Lottery winner from the area got lucky during the week of Oct. 17. The 46-year-old Boyds man who did not want his identity released by the Maryland Lottery, works as a carpenter, according to the Maryland Lottery. He won the $50,000 top-prize Maryland Lottery scratch-off win playing the Wizard of Oz game.
The Wizard of Oz game on sale at 7-Eleven on Liberty Mill Road in Germantown was the last ticket of its kind at the Lottery retailer. Also, it was the game’s last $50,000 top-prize winning ticket in the entire state. The Boyds resident found the lucky scratch-off when he stopped to buy a cup of coffee. As soon as he spotted the lone $5 instant ticket, he went into action.
“That’s when I decided I’d get the ticket for me and my wife to scratch,” said the 46-year-old. “We were a little surprised when the ticket said we had won $50,000.”
Married for 26 years, the couple said their only immediate plan for the prize was paying off their 18-year-old son’s college tuition. They will put the rest of the prize into savings.
“I’m so glad my husband decided to get the scratch-off ticket for us,” said his wife. She is also attending college classes, and some of the prize money will probably go to help with her bills, too, she said.
The lucky 7-Eleven also gets a reason to celebrate. The store located at 18701 Liberty Mill Road will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize scratch-off.
Caption: Germantown resident Terry Smallwood with his $10,000 check for winning the Maryland Lottery's Keno game.It is his third lottery win in seven years.
Photos courtesy Maryland Lottery