A young couple from Rockville beat the odds last week, winning $4.8 million in Maryland's Lotto game.
"Unbelievable," said Mark Gaydos, 26, who with his wife, Sherry, 22, went to the State Lottery Agency headquarters on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore yesterday to claim their prize.
Mr. Gaydos bought the winning ticket from a Frederick County convenience store just 15 minutes before Wednesday's 8 p.m. drawing.
But the couple didn't wait to hear the results, instead getting back on the highway to drive to a relative's house in Pennsylvania.
They still didn't know about their good fortune when they returned to Maryland Friday night. Mrs. Gaydos bought more lottery tickets Saturday morning, then casually checked the old ones and discovered they had won.
"We're going to buy a house, a boat, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and two new cars," Mr. Gaydos said. For the next 20 years, the couple will receive $174,000 a year after taxes.
Mr. Gaydos, a correctional officer at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, and his wife, an animal technician at the National Institutes of Health, together have been making about $45,000 a year. Both have now decided to retire.
A group of five White House employees who handle correspondence will share a Lotto jackpot worth $1 million after winning in Saturday night's drawing.
Mary Lou Maddox, 63, of Columbia said she rushed to a liquor store in the Village of Owen Brown community near her home to buy her group's ticket after her dream the night before.
"I dreamt I had a lot of money cradled in my arms like a baby," said Ms. Maddox.
"I'm going to pay my taxes," said Annie Stewart, 46, of Temple Hills in Prince George's County.
Another co-worker, Eunice Hendrix, 55, also of Prince George's County, added, "We're just getting paid back for all the years we put into it."
The other two winners from the group are Carol Julian, 46, of Bowie and Eileen Upperman, 46, of Fort Washington. The women said they each have donated $5 a week to pay for group Lotto tickets for the past five years.
They will each receive $7,250 a year after taxes until their $1 million is depleted.