We often dream of what we would do if we were to one day win the lottery.
For one Gaithersburg man, that dream became a reality this past Independence Day weekend when the Multi-Match subscription holder claimed the game’s $500,000 jackpot.
With the odds of winning at a one in 6 million chances, the 67-year-old grandfather could hardly believe his luck when Communications Director Carole Gentry called him on July 3 to share the news of his win.
“I get a check in the mail every so often for small amounts, but I never get a phone call,” the project manager told lottery officials. “I thought something was wrong when Carole called me last week.”
Little did he know that he had successfully matched all six Multi-Match numbers, which made him the third consecutive jackpot winner after two preceding June hits.
“It was a very fun phone call,” Gentry said. “I don’t think he believed me at first. I had to assure him that I was not going to be asking for any of his money and that this was not a scam.”
The winner later opted to take the $250,000 cash option as opposed to annuity payments of 25 equal installments over 25 years.
As for what he plans to do with his winnings, he is not entirely sure yet, but shared with lottery officials that he is contemplating ideas for donations, vacations and helping fund his grandchild’s education.
The winning ticket in the June 29 drawing, also for a $500,000 jackpot, was sold by Broadway Pizza in Rockville, while the June 26 winning ticket, which was worth $1 million, was sold by Cross Keys Exxon in Baltimore.
The Maryland Lottery is still waiting for the Rockville winner to come forward and claim the prize.
Altogether, Multi-Match has produced six jackpot wins this year for Maryland Lottery.
“We love our winners. When they come to the Lottery Winner's Circle to claim their prize, we hear so many wonderful stories. It's rewarding to share in the excitement of their win” Gentry said.