Brooklyn Park man misses big jackpot, wins $150,000

March 04, 2001

A Brooklyn Park resident who fell one number short of a huge Big Game lottery jackpot claimed its next-best prize of a pretax $150,000 last week at Maryland Lottery headquarters.

Carroll Dixon faced odds of 1 in 76 million in trying to win the Big Game jackpot - an annuity prize valued at $59 million in the drawing that took place Jan. 19.

More than a month went by before his wife of 45 years, Evelyn Dixon, checked his ticket against the winning numbers on the Maryland Lottery Web site at on Feb. 25.

His ticket matched five of the numbers drawn, missing only the sixth - the Big Money Ball. Still, he - and four other players managed to beat odds of 1 in 2.1 million to win the second-tier prize that night.

The Big Game is played in seven states, including Maryland.

According to the Maryland Lottery, the Dixons have lived in Brooklyn Park for 35 years and have five grown children and 11 grandchildren. He is an ex-marine and vice president of marketing for the security businesses Abacus Contract Staffing and Abacus Security Services in Baltimore.

Cheddington Road project due to begin this month

Reconstruction of Cheddington Road, from Ardmore to Southwell roads, in Linthicum has been approved by County Executive Janet S. Owens as part of a multiyear effort to reduce a $40 million backlog in road maintenance projects.

Owens has awarded a $130,000 contract to P. Flanigan & Sons of Baltimore to remove and replace the deteriorated roadway, beginning the middle of this month. The contractor will also construct curbs, gutters, sidewalk ramps for the disabled and storm drain inlets along the street in the Crestwood neighborhood.

The work - due for completion in early June - is the second phase of a larger effort to repair Cheddington Road. The first, a $222,000 project, reconstructed Cheddington from Southwell Road to the cul-de-sac east of Ardmore and was completed a year ago.

Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and as driveway aprons are being replaced, individual driveways may be inaccessible for a day. Affected residents will be notified in advance, the county said.

Development Facilitators Inc. of Severna Park will inspect the project, and questions about the project may be directed to the company at 410-647-2727 or the Department of Public Works project manager, Dennis Fretz, at 410- 222-7345.

Around town

BWI neighbors: Baltimore-Washington International Airport Neighbors Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Maryland Aviation Administration's assembly rooms at 991 Corporate Blvd. in Linthicum. Information, Ed Huber, 410-796-1674, or Ellen Sample, 410-859-7925.

School open house: St. John Christian Day School at Third Street and Washburn Avenue, Brooklyn, will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. The school offers day care and classes from prekindergarten to sixth grade. Information: 410-355- 7296.

Bingo: Lady Orioles Softball will sponsor a Pampered Chef bingo at 7 p.m. Friday at Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave. in Brooklyn Park. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: Sharon Brady, 410-789-6082.

Flea market: Resurrection Lutheran Church at Robinwood Road and Hammonds Lane will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tables are available at $10. Information: 410-789- 8372 or 410-789-4316.

Bingo: St. Rose of Lima Parish, 410 Jeffrey St. in Brooklyn, will hold a basket bingo at 1 p.m. March 11. Admission is $12 at the door. Information: Sharon Turner, 410-636-5936.

Substance abuse: A free workshop on understanding and preventing teen substance abuse is being held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday at Brooklyn Heights Community Center. Registration is required. Information: Becky Ruppert, 410-222-0023.

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