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Some lottery player might really had a strong feeling about five particular numbers that were going to be drawn in the Maryland Lottery’s Bonus Match 5 game. Why?
Because those numbers won the top prize on 24 separate tickets purchased from a single store.
It’s still not confirmed if those tickets were purchased by a single person or multiple people. But what everybody knows is that on Friday, June 12, a total of 24 Bonus Match 5 tickets were purchased from one store and won the top prize by matching all five numbers 2, 9, 11, 13, and 17.
Unfortunately, the news stands as too good to be true, but yes it is.
Like most lottery games with fixed top prize, in this case, $50,000, Bonus Match 5 has a prize cap in order to limit the losses incurred by the lottery for such a win.
The Bonus Match 5 game offers $50,000 for every ticket that matches all five winning numbers. The allotted prize pool is $600,000, allowing for a maximum of 12 top prize winners per draw in order to fulfill the top prize payout of $50,000 per winning ticket.
If there are more than 12 winners in one drawing, the $600,000 prize pool is split among all the top winners instead of awarding a fixed $50,000 per winning ticket. With an astounding total of 24 winning tickets, the prize amount for each match is cut in half making each top prize winning ticket worth $25,000 instead of $50,000. If there was no prize cap imposed by the lottery, the 24 winning tickets would be worth approximately $1.2 million. Since those 24 tickets were sold at a single place, the Spring Ridge Exxon gas station, it’s likely that all or most were bought by the same player, in which case the player would be awarded the full $600,000 prize pool.
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