Boonsboro couple wins $50,000


Dennis and Mary Hockensmith of Boonsboro have long thought about seeing Claude Monet's Garden in Giverny, France.

She likes art. They both like to garden and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds drawn to their yard.

Thanks to a $50,000 prize from a Maryland Lottery game, the couple will see Monet's Garden "in the near future, as opposed to the distant future," Dennis Hockensmith said.

The Quick Pick ticket he bought at the Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway had the five winning numbers in the March 14 drawing: 1, 12, 19, 22 and 26.

The $50,000 prize translates into approximately $32,750 after taxes, Maryland Lottery officials said.

The payout is not nearly enough for Dennis, 51, and Mary, 48, to retire from their jobs with the U.S. Postal Service in Frederick, Md.


But it will help pay for a trip to Disney World in Florida when their two grandsons are older.

"We said if we were ever lucky to have grandchildren, we'd take them there," Hockensmith said.

The boys are now 1 and 2 years old, so the trip will have to wait about four years.

"They would sleep through it now," said Hockensmith, a Little League umpire.

The Hockensmiths claimed the prize at the state lottery's claim center in Baltimore on Tuesday. Dennis Hockensmith said the couple first wanted to be sure of the winning numbers and how many winning tickets there were.

The Hockensmiths expect to receive the money within a week.

To play Bonus Match 5, players select five numbers from 1 to 39. Five numbers are drawn nightly. A sixth ball is chosen as a bonus, to increase a player's chance of winning.

The bonus ball drawn March 14 was 39, but wasn't needed to win.

Bonus Match 5 was retired in 1998 when games with bigger jackpots became popular, lottery officials said.

It was revived Feb. 4, although lottery officials haven't decided whether to make the game's return permanent, lottery spokeswoman Dot Colvin said.

Dennis Hockensmith predicted that the couple's lives won't change much.

"We're still gonna clip coupons," he said. "We'll still gas up on Thrifty Thursday."

And Hockensmith still will buy lottery tickets.

He and some co-workers usually chip in for Lotto and Big Game tickets.

"I have some favorite numbers, but they were not working out," so he bought the Quick Pick ticket, Hockensmith said.

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