Lottery players hope Veterans Day is their lucky day

November 09, 1990

Armistice Day was lucky for the doughboys fighting in the trenches at the end of World War I, and many Maryland lottery players apparently think it will be lucky for them, too.

State lottery officials say the Pick 4 number 1111 has been sold out since Wednesday, and has sold out again for Sunday. They're guessing that the reason is the approach of Sunday, Nov. 11, or 11/11.

Originally established in 1926 to commemorate the armistice that ended World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

The date is evidently a favorite of numbers players, too.

If so, it's been a disappointment. It hasn't hit in Maryland ever since the Pick 4 game began in 1983.

The chance that 1111 will hit on Sunday -- or any other day of the year -- is the same as it always was: 1 in 10,000. If it does, a $1 bet will win you $5,000.

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