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Williamsport man wins $30,000 in Blackout Bingo game

March 22, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - An unemployed truck driver didn't have to think very hard before deciding how to spend the $30,000 he won earlier this week in the Maryland Lottery's $2 Blackout Bingo game.

"I've been laid off since January from Craig Paving Co.," said Lawrence C. Shank Sr. in a telephone interview Thursday. "So we are going to catch our bills up and then help our kids."

Shank, 57, and his wife, Darlene, live at 23 N. Conococheague St. They have two children and nine grandchildren.

"The Blackout Bingo is our favorite game," Shank said. "We just sit across the table from each other and scratch them off."

On the day of the big win, Shank said he had scratched off the card's four corners and knew he had won $20.

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When he scratched a little more, he kept matching number after number, Shank said. After he scratched off the entire card, he realized he'd won the top prize.

Shank said his wife had trouble believing the good news.

"We were so excited that we could hardly sleep," Shank said.

The winning ticket was bought at Byers Market in Williamsport.

"This was probably one of the biggest prizes won at this store," said Brandon Higgins, a store employee Thursday evening.

The Shanks said they plan to keep on buying lottery tickets because it's fun and can be profitable.

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