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Maryland Woman's License Plate Number Helps Her Win $50K Lottery Prize

"I really never thought it would actually come out," the winner said

<p>AP Photo/Julio Cortez</p> Stock photos of lottery tickets.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Stock photos of lottery tickets.

A Maryland woman has her license plate number to thank for a recent windfall.

The 50-year-old woman, who has not been identified, told Maryland Lottery officials she originally disliked her tag number, 91104. At one time, she even requested for it to be changed — only to have her request denied. 

But after a few years with her license plate, she said she began seeing the number pop up in unusual places. “It kept appearing everywhere,” she said. “I saw it on paperwork at my job, on other car tags, on TV, everywhere.”

She then began playing the numbers a few times a week, but she never imagined she would actually win. “I really never thought it would actually come out,” she explained to lottery officials in an interview published on the Maryland Lottery website.

Then, on Sept. 10, a $1 Pick 5 ticket led to her winning $50,000. Her husband checked the numbers, and, as a result, he was the one who delivered the news to his wife. “I just started crying,” the winner said. 

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Her husband shared that the win “could not have come at a better time” for them. The couple officially claimed their prize at the Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore on Sept. 12. 

They plan to use part of their winnings to pay their bills, and save the rest.

Jack’s Fine Food, the Baltimore retailer that sold the ticket, also received some good news: the retailer received a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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News of the Maryland woman’s big win comes just a few months after a Maryland man made headlines for winning the Pick 5 lottery game three times in 11 months by playing the same number — 48548 — each time.

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According to the state’s lottery website, the odds of winning the Pick 5 game are 1 in 100,000. 

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