There’s an old superstition that things come in threes.
For one Hagerstown man, that folklore came true after winning a Maryland Lottery game for a third time in five years.
The 63-year-old man’s most recent win is $19,740 prize playing Racetrax on June 6.
The man, who in 2017 gave himself the nickname “Lucky Sgt.” after twice winning $15,252 a week apart, purchased his latest ticket at the Sharpsburg Pike Liberty at 10524 Sharpsburg Pike near Hagerstown.
The Maryland Lottery allows winners to remain anonymous.
The retired U.S. Army sergeant and retired U.S. Postal Service worker told the Maryland Lottery that he’ll use some of the winnings toward a trip with his wife and will save the rest.
“I was home watching a replay of the Olympics when something said, ‘Go play,’” he told the Maryland Lottery.
He headed to the Sharpsburg Pike Liberty and played his regular numbers as well as the one 20-draw quick-pick ticket, went back home and checked the tickets for a win.
“I thought, ‘Wait a minute, those numbers are familiar,’” said the married father of two adult children. “I wasn’t sure how much I won, but the cashier told me when I went back there to have it confirmed. I think she was more excited than me.”
He told the Maryland Lottery that he normally plays his own numbers: 4, 8, 5 and 6.
These numbers brought him luck on the two $20 Superfecta tickets on which he won one week apart in 2017, he said. This time around the track, horses 5, 8, 10 and 2 crossed the finish line in that order to give him his latest prize on the quick-pick ticket.
Maryland Lottery officials encourage winners to immediately sign the back of their tickets and keep them in a safe place. They have 182 days from the time of the drawing to claim their prize.
Prizes of more than $25,000 must be redeemed by mail or at the lottery headquarters in the Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 330 in Baltimore.
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Sherry Greenfield is the Education Reporter, covering Washington County Public Schools and the Washington County Board of Education.