Woman Wins $50K Lottery Prize for Third Time From Same Store

A Maryland woman has won a $50,000 lottery prize for the third time from the same store in about three years, according to state lottery officials.

The 61-year-old retired housekeeper from Montgomery County has been trying her luck at Talbert's Ice & Beverage Service in Bethesda for about three years, and has won a total of $150,000 so far, according to a press statement released on November 22.

She won her first $50,000 in August 2018 by playing $50,000 Bonus Cash, her second in October 2019 playing Cash Craze Doubler, and recently, she bought two $5 Lucky scratch-off tickets, and the second won her the game's top prize of $50,000.

"I just didn't believe it, again!" she told lottery officials in disbelief. "When I saw that message, 'See Lottery,' I just left immediately and scratched off the rest of the ticket in the car."

She said she phoned her best friend shortly after finding out about her latest winnings. Joining her at Maryland Lottery headquarters, the friend said she found it hard to believe that she won $50,000 again.

"When she told me, I was so happy for her," the friend said.

"People play every day and not win," the 61-year-old winner said. "It's amazing that I won three times."

She told Maryland lottery officials that she plans to use her latest winnings to make home improvements.

In October, a man in Virginia won the lottery 20 times after he purchased 20 identical tickets online for the same Pick 4 game drawing, using the same four-digit combination 5-4-1-1 for all of them.

The game has "a set prize amount," meaning that "every ticket that wins the top prize receives the full prize amount," Virginia Lottery spokesperson John Hagerty explained to Newsweek.

This rule makes it "possible to increase total winnings in a drawing by buying multiple tickets with the same numbers," he said, noting that "buying multiple tickets with the same numbers does not increase or decrease the chances of winning."

"It feels good, no doubt about it!" retired Virginia man William Newell told lottery officials after claiming his prize—a total of $100,000. He said at the time that he didn't know yet how he would use his winnings.

In a similar scenario in September, a 64-year-old woman in Florida became a multi-millionaire and bagged two $2 million prizes after purchasing two winning tickets on the same day, the Florida Lottery said.

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National Lottery scratchcards for sale in a newsagent store on January 4, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. A Maryland woman won a $50,000 lottery prize for the third time from the same store in three years, state lottery officials said. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images