Hagerstown man wins $5 million in Big Game

September 23, 1997


Staff Writer

A unemployed Hagerstown man will be rich but not famous thanks to some lucky selections and Maryland Lottery officials' agreement not to release his identity.

The man - the only player to match all six numbers selected for Friday's Big Game $5 million jackpot - requested anonymity when he showed up to collect his winnings Monday morning, according to a lottery spokeswoman.

It's a rare request but one lottery officials will honor, said Theresa Battaglia, assistant director of public affairs for the Maryland Lottery.


"It all depends on the person, the personality," Battaglia said.

The man, who has been unemployed for 2 1/2 years, purchased his winning $3 ticket for the Big Game at the Sheetz convenience store on Virginia Avenue in Halfway on the day of the drawing, according to a press release.

He found out he won the following day, when he read the winning numbers - 26-31-32-43-46 and Big Money Ball 01 - in the newspaper, the release said.

He will receive his $5 million winnings in $250,000 annual installments over the next 20 years.

The man is the third jackpot winner from Maryland since the multi-state Big Game started in August 1996, Battaglia said.

All Maryland winners have hit the jackpot this year, starting on June 13 when a Prince George's County man won a $16 million jackpot, she said.

A Howard County man won a $5 million jackpot on July 25, Battaglia said.

Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts participate in the weekly game, which has a minimum jackpot of $5 million, she said.

Drawings are Friday nights at 11:05 p.m.

The Hagerstown man is the 11th Washington County lottery player to win $1 million or more from the Maryland Lottery since 1985.

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