$183 Million Jackpot Winner Returns to Lottery Headquarters

Lottery Legend Bernadette Gietka Accompanies Mom to Claim Prize

Catherine Gietka - Multi-MatchBernadette Gietka, the Maryland Lottery’s largest winner to date, received a celebrity’s welcome today at Lottery Headquarters. Bernadette, and siblings Jerry and Lynda, brought their mother, Catherine, to 1800 Washington Blvd. to claim her $1,000 Multi-Match prize. Greeted by Lottery Director Stephen Martino and applauded by Lottery staff, the humble multi-millionaire described her life post win.

“I contribute to a lot of charities,” said Bernadette, who also cares for her 82-year-old mom. The philanthropic winner counts the Jerry Lewis Telethon among her causes and has met Jerry himself.  Taking a brief stroll down Memory Lane, Bernadette also recounted her appearance on Jay Leno and her marriage proposal from Colin Farrell. “Her father was watching and he didn’t like it when he took her hand,” said Bernadette’s mom.

Bernadette is in complete control of all her business decisions and has made managing her $183 million windfall a full-time job. She also finds time to enjoy her new-found wealth, traveling with her family and purchasing properties. “I love meeting so many different people,” said Bernadette. “They are so sincere. So happy to meet you.”  Before striking it rich, Berndatte worked five jobs to keep her head above water and says that her win still boggles her mind.

Catherine, the newest winner in the Geitka family, has written a book entitled “Mother of $183 Million Winner,” which is on display at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.  Chatting amiably and exchanging embraces with Lottery staff as she was about to depart Bernadette said, “I feel like I’m home.”

11 responses to “$183 Million Jackpot Winner Returns to Lottery Headquarters

  1. Hi Jerry and Craig,
    Glad to hear from both of you, Jerry remember Washington Blvd, still there just under a different name. JJ still works there and my husband of 31 years is there now too. Contact JJ and get him to pass you email to my husband and I will gladly talk with you.
    Hope to hear from you , Take Care, Cathy

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  5. I was happy years ago when I head of Bernadette Gietka win, because If I am right I believe I worked with her brother at a trucking company and he was a mentor for me. It could not have happend to better family with him in it. I still miss him to this day , I hope he sees this and contacts me.

    • jerry gietka

      I am curious who this Cathy that I may have worked with in the past is?

      • craig rudder

        message for jerry gietka: if you haven’t figured it out I think I know I don’t think they give out e mail addresses here but you can call over where we used to work I too am retired and get my pn from jj

    • jerry gietka

      any way of connecting me with Cathy?

      • Jerry: I’m sorry I do not have any information regarding Cathy and even I did I could not provide it to you. At best, you can just hope she responds to you through this discussion thread.

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