Happy couple Derrell and Elaine of Baltimore won $50,000 playing Bonus Match 5! A family vacation may be in the works.
Baltimore residents take home $50,000 top prize in April 26 drawing
Baltimore’s Derrell McLeaurin and his girlfriend Elaine Jackson are loyal Maryland Lottery fans from Baltimore. Derrell prefers the jackpot games and Pick 4 while Elaine’s favorite is Bonus Match 5. And, it was Elaine that purchased the Bonus Match 5 ticket that yielded a $50,000 top win in the April 26 Lottery drawing.
Elaine was playing quick-pick tickets up until recently when she switched her routine to include her own numbers. She played her new lucky numbers — 3, 5, 10, 14 and 15 — at the Columbia 7-Eleven #11704 located at 5740 Columbia Road.
“I was just leaving the mall with my daughters and ran in quickly to play,” she said. “I didn’t know I won until the next day.”
The 36-year-old woke up on Saturday to see that she matched three numbers. Excited, she raced up to a Lottery retailer to scan the ticket to check for a big win. She was shocked when it said, “Congratulations, You’ve won $50,000!” To be sure of her Lottery luck, Elaine asked the cashier to check once again and confirm the win. She immediately called Derrell.
“She told me and I thought she was lying,” said Derrell. “Then, she sent me a copy of the ticket and I was like, “Wow,” she really did hit.”
Derrell, a 38-year-old Baltimore City Public Schools truck driver and