Lotto winners persisted

April 14, 1993|By Holly Selby | Holly Selby,Staff Writer

Persistence paid off for a Baltimore County couple who have been buying Lotto tickets twice a week, every week for the last two years.

After spending the Easter weekend out of town, Michael and Carolyn Rogers of Edgemere discovered Monday evening that they had won $3 million in the Saturday lottery drawing.

"Two dollars on Wednesday, $2 on Saturday -- we never spend more than $4 a week," said Mr. Rogers, who works at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and is a member of Local 37 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

"I was in shaving, and my wife called the lottery and she came through the kitchen and said, 'Oh my God! We've won the lottery,' " he said.

Although they have won lottery prizes before -- once winning $1,300 and another time $37 -- Mr. Rogers never dreamed they'd hit the jackpot, he said. "Carolyn was the firm believer. She always said, 'We are going to hit this one.' "

The Rogerses have been married for 10 years and have seven children from previous marriages. Early next week, they will receive their first payment of $150,000, said Donna Williams, spokeswoman for the lottery. After taxes are deducted, the couple will take home $96,750. And for the next 19 years, the Rogerses will receive, after taxes, $108,750 every May, she said.

After the paperwork yesterday, shopping was on the agenda, Mrs. Rogers said.

Mr. Rogers said the couple's plans include buying a home, taking a cruise, and donating money to Local 37 and to Bea Gaddy, who runs a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in East Baltimore.

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