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Maryland lottery player gets lucky 4 times this summer for $101K

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Donald "Donnie" Cole III thought he was lucky when he survived a brain aneurysm in 1999. But little did he know that his good fortune would continue.

Cole, 52, of Brookeville, Maryland, is convinced he is the luckiest man alive, after recently winning $101,000 playing the Maryland State Lottery.

Cole, who said he buys lottery tickets almost every day from the Shell gas station in Olney, won $50,000 on a $20 Big Money Mega Play scratch-off ticket on June 26.

"It was a stunning feeling," he said. "I just kept looking at it, wondering if I was looking at it wrong. I put it down and came back and looked at it again, and knew that I really had won."

On July 25, Cole won another $50,000, on a $20 Silver & Gold scratch-off, also purchased from the Olney Shell, 18040 Georgia Ave.

"It wasn't nearly as much of a shock the second time," Cole said. "It was like, 'Wow, I did it again.'"

Shell station manager Zack Lakhani said Cole comes in early each morning, and his wife, Cheryl, comes in each evening to purchase lottery tickets.

"They are nice people, and Don is a very lucky man" he said. "His wife has won a few times, too."

Lakhani sold Cole the winning Silver & Gold ticket. He recalls Cole returning to the store later that day to tell him he had won.

"He was cool and calm," Lakhani said. "I was more excited than he was."

Cole said the chances of two $50,000 tickets being sold in the same store were "something like 20 million to 1," much less the chance of the same guy buying both.

"We were thrilled to see Donald again," said Maryland Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett. "We get lots of winners, but to win two $50,000 prizes in less than a month is truly unusual."

Everett said there are no hard statistics because everything is random, with variables such as how often someone plays or which tickets they purchase.

"Occasionally we have winners like Mr. Cole who have won more than once, but that is the exception, not the rule. There's no magic formula, but that is part of the fun."

Although he plays the lottery regularly, Cole had only won "nickel and dime" prizes until this summer. While on the phone with The Gazette last week, he learned he won $1,000 from having two winning Pick 3 tickets, each worth $500.

He said he's become somewhat of a celebrity at the Shell station, where his winning tickets and a replica of his check are displayed.

"I'm a pretty hairy guy, but have bald spots from people rubbing me for luck," he said. "Everyone wants to know which direction I scratched, and how I chose the tickets."

Lakhani said lottery sales have increased since people have learned about the winning tickets.

"Everyone wants to know which tickets he bought and how many," Lakhani said.

Cheryl Cole said she knew he was a lucky guy when she married him.

"I just didn't know how lucky" she sad. "I just think it is fabulous. I was in shock the first time and the second time was surreal."

The couple do not have children, but they do have ferrets and fish. He plans to donate some of his winnings to animal rescue organizations.

"Other than that, I am going to buy a whole lot of stuff I don't need, and will continue to reinvest," he said. "I bought a $125 door knocker in the shape of a crab, just because I could."

Cole, who works as a government contractor, literally danced into the Lottery office to pick up his winnings.

It's good being me," he said. "This has been fun, one hell of a ride."

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Posted: August 23, 2012, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

Good luck or bad usually comes in the form of a hat trick. WTG Donnie!   Party

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    Posted: August 23, 2012, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations Mr Cole on your winnings.....Thumbs Up

    I Love Pink & Green 1908

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      Posted: August 23, 2012, 11:59 pm - IP Logged

      "I bought a $125 door knocker in the shape of a crab, just because I could." 

       

      He'll be broke in a month.

      I wonder how much he spends on scratch off tickets?

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        Posted: August 24, 2012, 7:45 am - IP Logged

        "I bought a $125 door knocker in the shape of a crab, just because I could." 

         

        He'll be broke in a month.

        I wonder how much he spends on scratch off tickets?

        Cletus$2 I totally agree with you.. Purchasing items that you just don't need is just a waste of time and I can see if you he is working with millions but this is not the case at all. I am happy for him but statically most people who win a hugh amounts usually go broke within a few months, mainly because they don't know how to manage their money or just the idea of having money period. As for how much he spends on tickets I would bet a few hundreds, which means he is breaking even on his wins.

        Who say's I'm broke? Are you kidding me, I am just waiting on my millions!Dance

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          Cletus$2 I totally agree with you.. Purchasing items that you just don't need is just a waste of time and I can see if you he is working with millions but this is not the case at all. I am happy for him but statically most people who win a hugh amounts usually go broke within a few months, mainly because they don't know how to manage their money or just the idea of having money period. As for how much he spends on tickets I would bet a few hundreds, which means he is breaking even on his wins.

          pppp

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            Cletus$2 I totally agree with you.. Purchasing items that you just don't need is just a waste of time and I can see if you he is working with millions but this is not the case at all. I am happy for him but statically most people who win a hugh amounts usually go broke within a few months, mainly because they don't know how to manage their money or just the idea of having money period. As for how much he spends on tickets I would bet a few hundreds, which means he is breaking even on his wins.

            Interesting thoughts happygirl.  I think this long-time-coming-small jackpot winner has merely, 'post-fed and state income taxes' broken even -- assuming his [combined with his wife's] daily gambling habit has been apx. $10/day ($3,650 per year) these past 19 years or so.

            But even if these steady gambler's ONLY paid themselves back for prior years losses (less capital gains he and his wife could have made), if it's their only high-spending hobby, perhaps it wasn't too expensive of a hobby.  I think he and his wife should switch, while able, to a gambling budget of spending no more than $45/month (financed from proceeds from EACH full time job worked) from here on out though ... cease 'daily gambling' though.

            No Pity!

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              He should spend all his money and die broke. He almost died anyways.

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                He should spend all his money and die broke. He almost died anyways.

                and people call me morbidGreen laugh

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                  Posted: August 24, 2012, 11:42 pm - IP Logged

                  I kind of like the point of buying something just because you can, this is the beauty of mega fortune. But with 101K, seriously?

                  After reading this, now I'm thinking of buying the grocery store that sold me the ticket, when I win 101M or more. I would totally do it, just beacuse I can.


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                    After winning 5K on a pick 4, I would like to buy LP from Todd just because I can.

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                      After winning 5K on a pick 4, I would like to buy LP from Todd just because I can.

                      I think I'd prefer something a little more special...

                       

                      well if that's the going price, then I'd imagine at 15k you'd be able to buy the place plus get a few of the members plus Todd to perform the stage version of 'The Sound of Music' or 'Sister Act'. I've been lurking around here long enough to know I'd pay to see rdgrnr either of the lead roles... just because I could.

                      Heck, they say it's good karma to help out the less fortunate and who doesn't make beggars dance for the change in their pockets? their hardship stories just ain't cutting it and can't even pay them to listen to mine these days.

                      That and we could gain a lot more than we put in selling tickets to the event and make a mint off the video (probably more the copyright infringement cases and piracy of it) for years to come... while passing out keepsakes of prune jam.


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                        I think I'd prefer something a little more special...

                         

                        well if that's the going price, then I'd imagine at 15k you'd be able to buy the place plus get a few of the members plus Todd to perform the stage version of 'The Sound of Music' or 'Sister Act'. I've been lurking around here long enough to know I'd pay to see rdgrnr either of the lead roles... just because I could.

                        Heck, they say it's good karma to help out the less fortunate and who doesn't make beggars dance for the change in their pockets? their hardship stories just ain't cutting it and can't even pay them to listen to mine these days.

                        That and we could gain a lot more than we put in selling tickets to the event and make a mint off the video (probably more the copyright infringement cases and piracy of it) for years to come... while passing out keepsakes of prune jam.

                        A little over the top. 

                        Just give us some basic vaudeville stand up comedy. Stooges

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                          After winning 5K on a pick 4, I would like to buy LP from Todd just because I can.

                          If you win 10K, maybe you can buy Apple.

                           

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                            If you win 10K, maybe you can buy Apple.

                            I'm allergic to apples, but thanks for the idea.   See Ya!