Who says lightning can’t strike twice? Delaware man Duane Ketterman defied the odds and won the Maryland Lottery not once but twice in a five-week span.
Ketterman’s job as a powerline technician takes him across state lines daily to Maryland, and he routinely purchases lottery tickets on his trips. It’s turned out to be a fruitful routine, as the 43-year-old just cashed a $30,785 Racetrax prize on a Trifecta wager, following his $18,000 Racetrax win in early July.
“I couldn’t believe I won the first time,” Ketterman told Lottery officials on Tuesday. “So, when I saw this one, I was just stunned.”
Ketterman chose his winning numbers at random (3,11,12) and added the ‘Bonus multiplier,’ which boosted his prize five-fold. He checked his tickets at a restaurant when he and his family stopped for breakfast and wound up with more than just a plate of pancakes.
“I checked the ticket on my Lottery app and, after a moment to wrap my head around it, showed my wife,” Ketterman recalled. “She was as surprised as I was. More, even.”
The $30,785 Trifecta wager was purchased at Dash In #14331 at 401 Thompson’s Creek Road in Stevensville, and the store owners will receive the equivalent of 1% of the prize ($307.85) for selling the winning ticket.
The powerline technician says that his family has no immediate plans for the money and will save it for a rainy day.
“Something will come up, good or bad, and we’ll have this to help handle it,” he said.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Has Best Year On Record
Maryland Lottery and Gaming (MLG) collected a record-breaking high of $1.511 billion in contributions in the Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1 – June 30) that will go towards state causes.
The contributions, which come from Lottery, casino gaming, sports wagering, and daily fantasy sports (DFS), surpassed last year’s mark by over $120 million.
The MLG and state can expect to see even higher numbers when online sports betting eventually gets underway in the Old Line State.
Photo courtesy of the Maryland Lottery