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Lucky Man Wins Second Vehicle Prize from Scratch-Off Lottery Game

Ohio LotteryOhio Lottery: Lucky Man Wins Second Vehicle Prize from Scratch-Off Lottery Game

Perhaps John Demaria's next lottery prize will be a garage.

The 71-year-old Elyria, Ohio resident won a 2004 Cadillac Escalade with an instant lottery ticket in 2003. Tuesday, he turned in a winning ticket for a 2005 Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster motorcycle.

Those prizes come on top of $3,700 he has won playing Pick 4 and the kicker on Super Lotto tickets.

With more than 40 instant games to choose from, it's common for people to win more than once, lottery spokeswoman Karen Russo said. But Demaria is the first to hit on two vehicle giveaways in scratch-off games, she said.

Demaria took the $50,000 cash equivalent rather than the Cadillac. And he plans to sell the $15,000 Harley because he thinks motorcycles are unsafe.

Six motorcycles will be given away in the Harley Davidson game. The odds of winning one are one in 1 million, lottery officials said. In 2003, Demaria was one of 14 people who beat 200,000-to-1 odds to enter a drawing for the Cadillac.

The odds of winning both vehicles? No one has figured it out.

"I'd avoid standing close to Mr. Demaria on a golf course, but I wouldn't mind having his luck playing our games," Russo said.

Demaria buys his tickets, including Mega Millions, at A&C Food Mart in North Ridgeville. How much he spends is no one's business, he said.

The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions drawing has grown to $205 million. None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $168 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday.

Demaria clearly dislikes publicity about winning. If he won Mega Millions, he said, he would have to move to Alaska.

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New York, NY
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Posted: April 21, 2005, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

WOW talk about luck!!!


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    Posted: April 21, 2005, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

    Mr DeMaria's next big prize should be cash (BTW I don't have a problem with prizes in lieu of money, as long as the total payback % is increased because of the merchandise).

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      Posted: April 21, 2005, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

      "I'd avoid standing close to Mr. Demaria on a golf course"... who said lightning can't strike twice in the same place?

       

      ...good luck to everyone playing mm friday!! kaboom

      ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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        Posted: April 21, 2005, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

        Some people are just lucky all the time...

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          Posted: April 22, 2005, 3:44 am - IP Logged

          lucky indeed....

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            Posted: April 29, 2005, 6:41 am - IP Logged

            this person must play a lot too.....


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              Posted: April 29, 2005, 4:15 pm - IP Logged

              I have a new car (2005 Ford Focus), so I would not be interested in such a game.

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                Posted: April 30, 2005, 6:49 am - IP Logged

                i need a new car,have an older sports car a chevy iroc-z28

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                  Posted: May 14, 2005, 5:25 am - IP Logged

                  he must buy a lot of tickets to win a lot....

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                    Posted: May 14, 2005, 6:05 am - IP Logged

                    Maybe he's spent more than he's won.

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                      Posted: May 14, 2005, 5:47 pm - IP Logged

                      i think thats a good way to look at it.....

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                        Posted: May 14, 2005, 5:48 pm - IP Logged

                        sometimes these people winning all this stuff might be spending a lot in order to do it and maybe the lottery does need to look at it like that......


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                          Posted: May 16, 2005, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                          Must not like paying the taxes on the vehicles.