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Adelphi woman is Maryland’s newest lottery millionaire

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BALTIMORE, MD—A lucky Adelphi woman is celebrating a surprise $1 million win in Mega Millions.

The Maryland Lottery said Tuesday that a Prince George’s County resident won two prizes during the June 6 Mega Millions drawing…one was for $3, and the other was for $1 million.

The woman, who is using an alias because of her passion for table tennis, said she plans to buy a townhouse with the money, though she has not yet decided where.

“I got gas and left quietly,” said “Ping Pong Champ,” as she is known.

The woman said she plays the Maryland Lottery “all the time,” but has no loyalty to any single game. Sometimes, it’s scratch-offs. Sometimes, it’s jackpot games like Mega Millions and Powerball.

“I play what I want,” she said, adding that she has a Maryland Lottery budget and sticks with it.

On June 6, the woman was at Aspen Hill Citgo located at 13615 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring when she checked her tickets. The loyal player scanned the second-tier winning ticket and saw zeros, so she figured it was a $1,000 winner. She scanned her other tickets and one won $3. Then, she went back and rescanned the “$1,000” winner only to realize there were six zeros, not three. That’s when she cashed out the $3 winner, bought her tickets and left without letting anyone know what was going on.

“Maybe if I win again, I’ll retire,” she said, adding, “Every time I play, I say, ‘Maybe this will be the big one.’” While she classifies her June 6 win as a “big one,” she is hopeful about winning big again.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

Photo via the Maryland Lottery.

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