(Nov. 14, 2014) One lucky person purchased a winning Monopoly Millionaires’ Club ticket worth $1 million at the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City, but the winner has yet to come forward.
Maryland Lottery announced last Friday that the state had its first Monopoly Millionaires’ Club winner, giving the ticket holder 182 days to claim the prize in person at lottery headquarters in Baltimore.
“We have an idea of who won because only five tickets were sold in the entire restaurant. Two of the tickets were purchased by employees,” Greene Turtle General Manager Chad Rogers said. “We think it is a local guy who probably has not even looked at his ticket yet. Everyone is freaking out and we are curious to find out the winner. If it is who we think it is we are extremely happy for him.”
It just so happens, the man they believe won came into the Greene Turtle on Tuesday night. He said he did not win the $21 million and was unaware of the other chances. Rogers told him about the 14 $1 million dollar winners, how one winning ticket was purchased there and the man left immediately to go check his ticket. As of press time on Wednesday afternoon, no one has come forward and the man believed to have won has yet to spill the beans.
The Monopoly Millionaire’s 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.
New Jersey Lottery announced on Monday that it sold a winning ticket for the new multi-state draw game’s top prize of $21 million, triggering 14 $1 million prizes, including one to a player at the Greene Turtle. The as-yet unclaimed winning Millionaires’ Club ticket number is 10535-0209-0872.
Tickets went on sale Oct. 19. 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.
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.
“This is an exciting addition to our game line-up that we hope will attract new players and will continue to be enjoyed by our current players,” Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said.
For selling the winning ticket, the Greene Turtle will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery. Twelve years ago, a customer won $12,500 playing Keno at the Greene Turtle on Route 611. The man went straight to Baltimore, cashed his ticket and came back to tip the bartender. Others have won $1,200 and $1,500 playing a horse racing game in the restaurant, Rogers said.
“The recognition we have received has all been positive, especially the people coming in to play the lottery in hopes of becoming a second winner,” he said.
Every year, more than 34 million winning lottery tickets go unclaimed because people do not realize they won. In 2013, more than $2 billion in unclaimed tickets were recorded. A new app claims to have found a solution.
“Lottolotto” allows users to check their lottery tickets for every U.S. lottery game from daily, retail and national sources. Players simply take a picture of their lottery ticket and the app identifies the lottery game, state of origin, drawing date, ticket number and results. The app provides past drawing results instantly and sends information regarding future drawings.
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.
One lucky Marylander purchased a winning
Monopoly Millionaires’ Club ticket, similar to this,
worth $1 million at the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City.
Photo Courtesy of: Erica Palmisano