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Area Residents Hit Big in Maryland Lottery



Two UpCounty men have been lucky and won a combined total of $100,800 playing the Maryland lottery.

The first, Damascus resident named Jorge Coronel was playing Maryland Lottery scratch-offs with a co-worker during lunch back in late November when he won a top prize of $50,000 playing the Home Run Riches game, according the Maryland Lottery.

Coronel and his co-worker were enjoying lunch in the diner at Damascus Fast Fuels in Damascus when Jorge encountered lottery luck. They had each decided to add some scratch-off fun to their meal and bought some instant tickets.

The married father of two boys had hit a home run playing the $5 scratch-off. The Damascus resident plans to pay bills with his prize and buy his wife of 16 years a wonderful present for her upcoming birthday. The 47-year-old would like to buy a truck, he said, and will treat his family to a nice holiday.

Also celebrating his win is the lucky retailer. The Montgomery County business, located at 9871 Main Street in Damascus, will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winner in the game. The Home Run Riches game, which was reissued because of brisk sales, still has two unclaimed $50,000 top prizes on the two versions of the game on sale around the state. There are also thousands of unclaimed prizes ranging from $10 to $5,000.


The second big winner from the area is a Germantown resident, who chose to remain unidentified, but claims he got his winning number from a movie. He won a $50,000 Bonus Match 5 top prize plus $800 in the same drawing with a variation of the same lucky numbers.

The 56-year-old played the lucky string of numbers consistently for at least a decade before enjoying his Hollywood-style ending at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. The Germantown resident bought his lucky $6 ticket at Walnut Hill Exxon in Gaithersburg for the Dec. 14 drawing.

“I saw the numbers in a movie, and the 3-9-13-25-32 I played on Bonus Match 5 was some variation of the numbers in the film,” said the winner.

The auto adjuster said his lucky numbers led to prizes several times during his years of hoping for a top-prize win. “I’ve matched three or four numbers several times, but never all five,” he said.

He discovered the