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Berlin man claims $1 million lotto prize from Turtle ticket

(Nov.21, 2014) The curiosity and mystery have ended when a Berlin man claimed his $1 million prize and became Maryland’s first Monopoly Millionaires’ Club winner on Monday. He purchased the winning ticket at Greene Turtle in West Ocean City.Maryland Lottery officials identified the winning ticket’s purchase whereabouts quickly, but finding the winner took time and only occurred after Greene Turtle’s staff encouraged customers to recheck their tickets.

The local person General Manager Chad Rogers and his staff thought was the winner is exactly who held the winning ticket.

“They always say you can’t win the lottery if you don’t play. Well this guy plays and he spent five bucks to win a million,” Rogers said. “I hope he has a happy life, what a great guy, he deserves it.”

The 62-year-old grandfather of two claimed the money, which was trigged by the top prize of $21 million awarded in New Jersey to a couple weeks ago. More than 91,000 winning tickets ranging from $5 to $21 million were given out in this drawing.

The Worcester County resident, who chose not to be identified, plans to spend his winnings paying off his house, several loans and putting money in his grandchildren’s college accounts.

“I’m going back to work tomorrow,” he stated in a Maryland Lottery press release.

The loyal Maryland lottery player, whose name was not released by lottery officials, routinely buys Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Tuesdays. Also, he enjoys playing Keno on occasions. When he learned how the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club worked, the local winner decided to add the game to his weekly lottery game purchases.

Originally believing he was out of luck in the Nov.7 drawing, Greene Turtle staff urged him to check his ticket again. The man took a closer look and realized he was looking at the top prize draw numbers rather than the Millionaires’ Club Number. He was a little confused, but soon realized his Millionaires’ Club Number matched. The lucky winner received a personalized Millionaires’ Club top hat in a customized Monopoly hatbox in addition to his prize money.

“We are pleased to have the first $1 million Maryland winner in our new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game,” Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency stated in a press release. “This is an exciting addition to our game lineup that we hope will attract new players and be enjoyed by our current players.”

The Greene Turtle in West Ocean City currently displays a banner proclaiming its status as the lucky ticket seller and it received a $1,000 selling bonus from the Maryland Lottery.

The Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, borrowing from the popular Hasbro board game, allows players to choose five numbers from one to 52, or mark “Quick Pick” to allow a computer to select numbers at random. Each pay slip allows up to four sets of numbers to be played, with a computer selecting an additional number from one to 28 representing a property on the Monopoly game board. Each play costs $5.  

The maximum top prize is $25 million and a minimum of 10 $1 million prizes are triggered each time the top prize is awarded. Each week the top prize is not won the number of $1 million prizes increases.

Players can also win a $1 million prize and a free trip to Las Vegas on the upcoming national primetime Monopoly Millionaires’ Club” television show, debuting in February. An audience of players will be randomly selected after codes from their tickets are entered on PlayMMC.com and they collect the properties needed for a property set. Billy Gardell, star of “Mike & Molly,” will host the show.

These selected players will be flown to Las Vegas for the show’s taping where they will receive a free five-day, four-night stay for two, transportation, meals and spending money.

Monopoly Millionaires’ Club lottery game drawings are held Fridays at 11:15 p.m. Tickets for the game are currently available in 23 states.

Since 1973, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency has awarded nearly $21.2 billion in prizes to lottery winners and $13.9 billion in revenue to the state of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, a number of state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment are supported by the Maryland Lottery. For more information visit www.mdlottery.com.

A Berlin man and his significant other are happily celebrating
his $1 million Monopoly Millionaires’ Club winning ticket in
the Nov. 7 drawing.
Photo Curiosity of: Erica Palmisano


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