Carroll principal wins Lotto

May 12, 1994|By David Michael Ettlin and Ellie Baublitz | David Michael Ettlin and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Staff Writers

That gasp you heard from the direction of Carroll County shortly after 5 a.m. today quite possibly came from Maryland's newest multimillionaire.

One winning ticket was sold in the state's $18 million Lotto jackpot drawing last night -- the third largest in the game's 11-year history -- at a Carroll County convenience store.

Shortly after 5 a.m., the principal of New Windsor Middle School glanced sleepily over a cup of coffee at his morning paper, and, he said, found that the numbers on his ticket matched those drawn last night -- 11, 26, 30, 32, 41, 48.

A bit later Jeffrey Kimble already had checked in at the 7-Eleven store in the 2800 block New Windsor Road where be bought the ticket and continued on to his school, stunning his early-arriving colleagues with the statement: "I've won the lottery. I'm taking the day off. I'm not retiring."

By 11 a.m., Mr. Kimble was even happier; the lottery agency confirmed that, indeed, his ticket was smack on the money -- an annuity that will generate about $900,000 a year, before taxes, for the next two decades.

Mr. Kimble, 52, and his wife live in Westminster. He has been principal of New Windsor for six years and a school system employee since 1967. He started as a teacher, then went to East Middle School as assistant principal, to Northwest Middle as assistant principal before going to New Windsor.

His wife is a media specialist at Westminster High School. They have a son, 20, and daughter, 24.

Mr. Kimble said the winning ticket was one of about $10 worth of tickets he had bought about 4 p.m. yesterday, letting the lottery agency's computer choose all the numbers at random.

He told a news conference at the lottery agency today that he and his wife have no immediate plans and that he has to be at work tomorrow because his assistant principal will be off. New golf clubs and a trip to New Orleans are likely to be early uses for the money, though.

The most he'd ever won before playing the Lotto game was about $25, he said.

Mrs. Kimble told reporters she was the pessimist in the family and still couldn't grasp the signficance of the family's newly won wealth.

Both she and Mr. Kimble said there were things they'd like to do for their respective schools as well.

Lottery spokesman Carroll H. Hynson Jr. said 140 ticket-holders who picked five of six numbers in last night's Lotto drawing will receive $1,145 each. Another 7,450 people had four of six winning numbers; their take will be $36.

The big prize had been growing since March 19, when the Lotto game last had a winning ticket.

Since then, there have been 14 drawings without a jackpot payoff in the twice-a-week game, a reflection of the 6.9 million-to-1 odds designed to produce big prizes.

Last night's jackpot fell short of the record $21 million collected by a single winner, David K. Moreland of Lothian, in 1991, and on a shared ticket last year by Columbia residents Catherine Helowicz and Timothy Udicious.

But the biggest winner has been the state, which takes in about 44 percent of the money bet on its daily Pick-3 and Pick-4 games, five-days-a-week Pick-5, instant-winner scratch-off tickets and Lotto. Last month, the lottery said the state made a profit of $280,734,451 in the first quarter of 1994.

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