First-Time Bonus Match 5 Player Wins $50,000

An Arlington man enjoyed a streak of beginner’s luck on Wednesday, winning $50,000 on a Maryland Lottery Bonus Match 5 ticket.  The 56-year-old said he occasionally plays Mega Millions, but he had never played Bonus Match 5 before.  “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said.

The self-proclaimed “eternal bachelor” did not tell anyone that he had won, except for a childhood friend, who accompanied him to Lottery Headquarters to claim his prize.  The two men grew up together in Ethiopia and both moved to America after finishing high school.

The lucky winner plans on using the $50,000 to pay some bills.  He will also use his winnings toward a trip to attend his high school reunion.

The winning ticket was purchased at Woodlawn Shell on 6600 Security Blvd. in Baltimore.

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