LOTTOBowie couple wins $7.5 million jackpot"I've worked...

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February 01, 1991|By From Staff Reports

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — LOTTO

Bowie couple wins $7.5 million jackpot

"I've worked all my life -- time to take it easy," John W Schmidt said yesterday after he and his wife, Vivian, stepped forward as the winners of Wednesday's $7.5 million Lotto jackpot.

Mr. Schmidt, 59, who admitted that he likes "to gamble a bit," beat odds of 6.99 million-to-1 with a Lotto ticket bought at a Bethesda drug store during his daily run to the bank and post office as purchasing agent for the Society of American Foresters.

Yesterday, Mr. Schmidt went to work and explained he had to go to Baltimore "to take care of some business. I hit Lotto." But he didn't quit -- at least not right away.

He said he'll work through March "because they've been good to me."

Mrs. Schmidt, 56, is a part-time secretary at Ozalid Corp. in Lanham, and the Schmidts have three children and seven grandchildren.

Aside from Mr. Schmidt's plans to buy a van and drive to La Vegas -- because his wife doesn't like flying -- the couple had nothing specific in mind for the money beyond gifts for relatives and spiffing up their home.

A 29-year-old Severn man was killed yesterday when a tracto he was driving tipped and fell on him, county police said.

Nicholas M. Fillmann III was pulling earth-moving equipment with the tractor about 2 p.m. in the Anne Arundel County landfill on Nutwell Sudley Road in Deale, police said. The equipment began to slide on a hill, causing the tractor to tip over and roll three times. Mr. Fillmann was ejected, and the tractor landed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

3 men are killed in separate incidents

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

A Hyattsville man who was stabbed during an argument wa one of three slaying victims in Prince George's County Wednesday night and early yesterday.

Errol Hugh Samuels, 29, of Hyattsville was stabbed about 8:2p.m. Wednesday in Adelphi, police said.

Andrea Glenise Macko, 24, of Beltsville was arrested yesterday at her mother's Takoma Park home and charged with first-degree murder.

Also, Nicholas Anthony West, 20, was shot to death Wednesday night during an armed robbery at his apartment in the 1400 block of Nova Avenue in Capitol Heights. No arrest was reported.

The third victim, Nevel Hamilton, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was shot to death about 1:35 a.m. yesterday as he returned to his room at Mr. Wick's Motel in Oxon Hill and was confronted by a robber. During a struggle, Mr. Hamilton and two other men sharing the room were shot. The two other men were in stable condition at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Mark Anthony Johnson, 19, of Washington was arrested nearby and charged with first-degree murder.

FOR THE RECORD

* A 26-year-old Baltimore woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident as she tried to cross Liberty Road at Rockdale Terrace about 8:10 p.m. yesterday, Baltimore County police said. The woman, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead on arrival at Baltimore County General Hospital.

* The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on fines of $5,500 levied against Cox Creek Refining Co. for workplace violations. Safety inspectors said that they found airborne lead levels almost 10 times the legal exposure limit during a July visit to the plant in northern Anne Arundel County and that seven employees tested with blood-lead levels high enough to require further medical monitoring.

LOTTO

Bowie couple wins $7.5 million jackpot

"I've worked all my life -- time to take it easy," John W Schmidt said yesterday after he and his wife, Vivian, stepped forward as the winners of Wednesday's $7.5 million Lotto jackpot.

Mr. Schmidt, 59, who admitted that he likes "to gamble a bit," beat odds of 6.99 million-to-1 with a Lotto ticket bought at a Bethesda drug store during his daily run to the bank and post office as purchasing agent for the Society of American Foresters.

Playing the game was not unusual for the Bowie resident. "I usually mix up my buying, two or three a day at different locations," he said. "I had 11 [tickets] this time."

But winning a fortune was an extraordinary experience for a man who has worked since he was 17.

Yesterday morning, Mr. Schmidt went to his office and explained he had to go to Baltimore "to take care of some business. I hit Lotto."

Mr. Schmidt said he did not know then that he was the lone winner. But even after he learned the money was all his, Mr. Schmidt said, he decided to stay on at his job of 23 years until the end of March "because they've been good to me."

Mrs. Schmidt, 56, is a part-time secretary at Ozalid Corp. in Lanham, and the Schmidts have three children and seven grandchildren.

Aside from Mr. Schmidt's initial plans to buy a van and drive t Las Vegas -- because his wife doesn't like flying -- the couple had nothing specific in mind for the money beyond gifts for relatives and spiffing up their home of 25 years.

"We're going to sit on this thing for a while, not do anything foolish," he said.

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