Second Time’s the Charm

Couple Wins $50,000 Playing Bonus Match 5

Russell EberweinRussell Eberwein and his wife like to play games. They play numerous Lottery games and often visit casinos in neighboring states. But, the couple had never played Bonus Match 5 until this past Friday. When they played for just the second time on Sunday, they won $50,000.

“I told my wife that luck was on the way and that we should try a different game to play,” said Russell, a maintenance man at John Hopkins University. “So, we played Bonus Match 5, but didn’t win initially.” On Sunday, Russell was supposed to go back out to purchase another ticket, but fell asleep. His wife ended up buying the ticket herself.  “She never does that,” he said.  “So, when I got up, I checked the numbers for her.”

The winner thought that his wife had a fake ticket and that it was a joke. When they confirmed that the win was for real, the two screamed in excitement prompting their two grown children to see what was wrong. “My son thought we were arguing,” Russell said, laughing.

Before he does anything out of the ordinary with his winnings, Russell wants to pay off some bills. “My wife said I should get that motorcycle that I have always wanted.” he said. “We’ll see.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Royal Farm Store located at 379 Conowingo Rd. in Conowingo.

4 responses to “Second Time’s the Charm

  1. vanessa stewart

    will md lottery ever have a promotion where you can win money on 3 out of 4 digits–I always miss by one number and I’ve been playing the same numbers for many years

    • Vanessa: While the game payout chart for the pick games may not change, we often have limited-time promotions with Pick 3 and Pick 4 that offer players an additional way to win in addition to matching your 3 or 4 digit pick. Be sure to look for these frequent promotions!

  2. I have been playing for over 25 Years an have never won anything.
    I guess it depends on who you know after all.
    like everything else I now Firmly believe the Lottery really is fixed.
    The numbers are called on TV after it has been Taped , so who is to know.

    • Helen: All Maryland Lottery drawings are conducted live at WBAL-TV Channel 11 studios. Powerball and Mega Millions are drawn in other states and therefore they are shown at a later time. But, Pick 3, Pick 4, Bonus Match 5 and Multi-Match drawings are 100% always shown on TV as they are being drawn. Also, every Maryland Lottery drawing is conducted in strict adherence to detailed procedures in order to guarantee the integrity of the results. These procedures call for numerous security checks and much testing of equipment and Lottery balls both before and after every single drawing. Security cameras document all that happens in the studio – 24 hours a day. To further guarantee the integrity of our drawings independent auditing firms perform unannounced visits, as do officials from the Lottery’s Security Division.