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Maryland Lottery's 40th anniversary exhibit has couple recounting fond memories

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Historical exhibit open to public through September

Includes video report

BALTIMORE, Md. — In 1973, a loaf of bread cost 27 cents, a postage stamp would set you back 8 cents and a gallon of gas sold for 45 cents. No wonder, then, that jaws dropped at reports of the new Maryland Lottery's plans to host a Millionaire Party on Jan. 31.

Lucky Lottery players Charles "Buck" and Pat Hofferbert of Rosedale joined 100 other hopeful players at that party 40 years ago and they still have the photos to prove it. The proud couple recently brought a scrapbook loaded with lottery letters, photos and news clippings to the Maryland Lottery's 40th Anniversary exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Their memories of that fateful party mesh beautifully with the vibrant "40 Years / 40 Stories" exhibit.

"It was a lot of fun and made for such an exciting night," Pat said. Scrapbook photos show a younger version of the smiling couple crowded among happy partygoers in a College Park auditorium.

The Lottery selected the lucky 100 finalists by drawing unique numbers printed on 50-cent Twin Win tickets sold statewide. Each of the finalists won $500 instantly plus entry to the party and a chance to become the Lottery's first $1 million prize winner.

"A buddy told me the number for the next finalist was 7-4-7, and I just knew that I had that ticket," Buck recalled. "I remembered those numbers because they matched the ones I had on a tackle box I had just bought."

That evening, excitement grew with each name called. Drawing winners traded in their original $500 check for sums that climbed higher and closer to the grand prize.

Paul McNabb, the eventual winner of the $1 million prize, sat at a table behind the Hofferberts. They watched McNabb faint and crumple to the floor when he heard his name announced. A few minutes later, he recovered and sprang to his feet to claim his check, shake Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel's hand and become Maryland's newest millionaire.

While touring the Lottery exhibit, Buck spotted one of the museum's nearby exhibits featuring General Motors' vehicles produced on the assembly lines he worked for 37 years. Thinking of his co-workers sparked another memory in the retiree. When Buck and Pat appeared on the televised Millionaire Party, several of his co-workers had gathered to watch. "But they never saw me because, when I picked up my check, the local station went to commercial," Buck said.

Although their $500 win was a small sum in comparison to $1 million, their winnings became the talk of the neighborhood. Everyone wanted to hear about the Lottery experience. Community is important to the Baltimore natives, who grew up in Highlandtown and Dundalk. They married in 1967 and settled in the same Rosedale home they still live in today.

The $500 prize, which financed the purchase of a small outboard motor for a rowboat, remains their largest Lottery win. Their Lottery luck never ran dry, however. Pat still wins playing scratch-off tickets now and then.

"I won $100 on a scratch-off a few years ago," she said. "My, was that a thrill."

Visit the Maryland Lottery exhibit now through September and follow its 40 years of fun and games. Trace its historical highlights, from the first Lottery drawing in Hopkins Plaza to the press conference announcing the world-record Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland.

The Lottery encourages players to tweet their favorite Lottery memories using the hashtag #mdlottery40. For more information, visit mdlottery.com or the Baltimore Museum of Industry website at thebmi.org.

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VIDEO: Maryland Lottery 40th Anniversary Retrospective

Oa39acOygNkMaryland Lottery 40th Anniversary RetrospectiveMarking the 40th anniversary of the Maryland State Lottery, this video explores the Lottery operations over the four decades, including the introduction of many of the Lottery's most popular games, iconic marketing campaigns, and the benefits the gaming agency has provided the State since 1973.T14M19Shttp://img.youtube.com/vi/Oa39acOygNk/1.jpghttp://youtu.be/Oa39acOygNk2013-07-02T17:12:00-05:00

Editor's note:  Many thanks to the Maryland Lottery for their help and consideration in bringing you this exclusive story.

Maryland Lottery

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hearsetrax's avatar - 78638c467ef281febf24383e126f74b6

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Posted: July 2, 2013, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

40 yrs of insanity and making people most people broke Cheers

    helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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    Posted: July 2, 2013, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

    40 yrs of insanity and making people most people broke Cheers

    bread cost 27 cents, a postage stamp would set you back 8 cents and a gallon of gas sold for 45 cents.

    No wonder Smash gas cost more than bread, now bread cost more than gas don't know what to think about this.

    but i bet there's a lot of people on here that remembers them times Noel

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      Posted: July 3, 2013, 7:57 am - IP Logged

      Have fun everyone.

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        Posted: July 3, 2013, 8:44 am - IP Logged

        Congratulations to the finalistsHurray!

        I Love Pink & Green 1908

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          bread cost 27 cents, a postage stamp would set you back 8 cents and a gallon of gas sold for 45 cents.

          No wonder Smash gas cost more than bread, now bread cost more than gas don't know what to think about this.

          but i bet there's a lot of people on here that remembers them times Noel

          "but i bet there's a lot of people on here that remembers them times"

          Well since I was born in(what ever year makes me 21) I would not know anyhthing abouth thatWink lol....

          I Love Pink & Green 1908

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            "but i bet there's a lot of people on here that remembers them times"

            Well since I was born in(what ever year makes me 21) I would not know anyhthing abouth thatWink lol....

            if you gonna tell the story you need a plan 1992 LOL

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              Posted: July 3, 2013, 7:11 pm - IP Logged

              if you gonna tell the story you need a plan 1992 LOL

              Every year my youngest son ask me how old am I and I always say 21 Wink I guess when he turns 21 I can say I'm 25Big Grin

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                Posted: July 20, 2013, 2:00 am - IP Logged

                They sure have a lot of fun memories for 40 years, some maybe good and others maybe bad. The good thing about it was that they were able to stand the test of time. I hope they will continue to progress, make another 40 years and more.