Update: Lucky Numbers Played 21 Times at a Gaithersburg Beer and Wine Store Yield $1 Million Prize

On Monday we reported that Shady Grove Beer & Wine at 15904 Shady Grove Rd in Gaithersburg had sold 21 winning $1 Pick 5 tickets for the midday drawing on October 14, each worth $50,000. We now know that the winning tickets were claimed by a Princes George’s County man and that Shady Grove Beer & Wine will receive a $10,500 bonus from the Lottery for its participation in selling the tickets. Additional details below per the Maryland Lottery:

A 56-year-old Prince George’s County man was all smiles, for good reason, when he visited Lottery headquarters this week. The lucky Lottery player just won $1 million in Pick 5 prizes, having bought 21 individual winning tickets worth $50,000 each!

The big winner has played Pick 5 since the game began in February and does so, faithfully, every two weeks. Not only does he play, but each time he purchases 21 tickets all with the same number of 82466. He did just that on Oct. 14, placing a $1 straight bet on each ticket for the midday drawing. The lucky player was on a break from work when he stopped in Shady Grove Beer & Wine in Gaithersburg to buy his games.

“It’s my routine,” he said. “I go on break, get my tickets, then go back to work.”

However, this time, when he went back to work and checked one of the 21 tickets using the Lottery app on his phone, the Lanham resident was blown away. “I had to clear out my eyes,” he said, still smiling. “I thought I was seeing things.”

What the player saw was his special numbers and then a message saying, “Congratulations! $50,000 Winner.” And that was just one ticket, he had 20 more, each winning him $50,000 for a total of $1 million.

Recalling his disbelief, the supervisor of operations at a computer company said he told himself, “I know these are not my numbers. I had to go back to the retailer so they could confirm it for me.”

After his win was confirmed, the lucky player immediately called his wife to share the news. “I told her we can now pay off the house,” he said. “She was so happy.”

The winner also shared with Lottery officials that he plans to also pay off bills and maybe, down the road, look for his Lottery dream home. “I’m just thanking the universe,” he said. “It just shows if you put positivity out there, you’ll get positivity in return.”

His lucky retailer, Shady Grove Beer & Wine located at 15904 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg, will receive a $10,500 bonus from the Lottery for its role in selling 21 Pick 5 tickets worth $50,000. That’s a $500 bonus for each winning ticket.

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Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

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A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:



This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.


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