Two Local Men Hit Big Playing the Maryland Lottery
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 W