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A woman from Anne Arundel County in Maryland, USA, used a selection made up from family birth dates to win a $50,000 Bonus Match 5 jackpot in the draw held on May 8 but it took her a fair while to accept the fact she was really a winner.

The lucky Bonus Match 5 winner has asked to remain anonymous, just like the recent $50m Australian Powerball winner from Canberra. Her winning ticket was purchased from the Shady Side Market and as is always the case, she used her favourite numbers on two of the lines hoping to get a big win. Using birthdays and anniversaries is a popular method for lottery players and it’s worked in Maryland before. A grandmother did just that and also won a $50,000 Bonus Match 5 prize.

In England, two sisters used the same number for years and they eventually both won £56,520 in the same UK Lotto draw. Not so another lottery player from Maryland who decided to ditch using his own set of numbers, purchased a Quick Pick ticket and won $50,000 playing Powerball.

On the evening of May 8, while she was busy cleaning her kitchen, she suddenly realized the Bonus Match 5 draw had taken place and decided to check her numbers to see if her tickets had won anything. “I pulled up the Lottery website and saw the winning numbers and said, ‘Somebody’s screwing with me. Those are my numbers!’”

It’s the latest big win in the game after Kisha Bell from Baltimore in Maryland, also won $50,000 playing the Bonus Match 5 draw. Also celebrating was Terry Moats who won $50,007 playing Powerball.

The shocked Bonus Match 5 winner just couldn’t believe the news that she had won the jackpot and admits that “I checked it time after time.” Eventually she accepted the fact her Bonus Match 5 ticket had won the top prize and called a relative to share the great news but didn’t immediately blurt out the news of her win. She started off by asking him how he was and after a lengthy reply finally told him of her Bonus Match 5 win.

The jubilant winner isn’t the only one who will be celebrating the fact her Bonus Match 5 ticket was a winner. The Shady Side Market will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize ticket in the game.

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