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Lotto win comes just in time

February 19, 2001

Lotto win comes just in time



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Lotto winnerFAIRPLAY - Just two weeks ago, Larry Crawford said he thought his luck had run out.

Deep in debt with medical bills, Crawford, 50, was going to be forced to sell his house, where he had lived for the past 25 years.

On a whim, he bought a Maryland Lottery Monte Carlo scratch-off game ticket at an AC&T store in Williamsport on Feb. 9.

After rubbing off the ticket, Crawford thought he won but wasn't sure because he is partially blind in one eye from a childhood accident. He went inside the store and a clerk confirmed he had won $100,000.

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"I couldn't believe it. It still hasn't sunken in," he said.

The money will enable him to keep his home and pay off some of his wife's medical bills, he said.

There may be enough to help his son, who has cancer and no medical insurance, he said.

"It'll help me get back on my feet," said Crawford, who is a Washington County native.

Crawford said the money didn't come a moment too soon.

"I was broke. I was ready to go berserk with the pressure" of the financial situation, he said.

In addition to his wife and son, he has his own medical problems and has been off work because of asthma.

His stop at the AC&T was a typical one for Crawford, he said.

On his way home from his job at Grove Worldwide in Shady Grove, Pa., Crawford often stops at the store for gas and a $5 scratch-off lottery ticket, he said.

Over the past 10 years, he sometimes won small amounts, Crawford said.

"I was due for a break," he said.

Crawford is expected to receive his check today from the Maryland Lottery at the Williamsport AC&T store, he said.

He was looking forward to the limousine ride lottery officials are providing to the convenience store.

"I guess I'll believe it when I see the check," he said.

Crawford said he plans to keep playing the Maryland Lottery, although his wife is not enthusiastic about it.

"I might win again," he said.

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