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A regular Maryland lottery player has said that he prays for a call from lottery officials to tell him that he’s won, and this time it worked when he won $30,000!

Woody J, from Ocean City in Maryland, said that he’s always happy when he receives a call from the Maryland Lottery, as he is a subscriber then they call him to tell him when he’s won, and this time was no different. On April 24th, Woody J’s entry to the Mega Millions was one of two tickets which won big in Maryland, and officials dutifully called him with the good news. Another recent Maryland Mega Millions winner was a retiree who had been also been playing the game for many years.

“I pray for the phone call,” the retiree told Maryland Lottery officials, adding that previous phone calls have been to tell him of wins ranging from $20 to $200, but this was the biggest yet. A EuroMillions Plus winner from Ireland said that their €500,000 windfall was an answer to their prayers, while an Irish family won their €200,000 scratch card prize after praying for some extra funds for family events. His Mega Millions ticket matched four out of the five main numbers and the Mega Ball, winning him a huge $30,000.

The Mega Millions winner has been subscribed to the multi-state lottery game through the Maryland Lottery for over ten years, and his commitment has certainly paid off. Woody J, who is uncle to two, said that he enjoys being a Mega Millions subscriber because he doesn’t have to worry about remembering to buy tickets.

“It is so much easier,” he said, before telling lottery officials that he plans to use his Mega Millions winnings to pay off some bills, just like a Maryland truck driver who recently won $20,000 on a scratch card, and he will share some of it with his church. A Lotto America winner from Minnesota recently donated a portion of her $22.8 million winnings to her church. Our Maryland winner is hoping to keep the fortune a secret from everyone from his family, however he did admit that using his nickname “Woody J” would ring some bells with other people in his life.

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