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Maryland man wins lottery twice at same convenience store

Apr 12, 2017, 11:08 am

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A Silver Spring, Maryland, man won a state lottery game twice at the same convenience store — a rare occurrence, lottery officials said.

Jorge Matamoras, a 39-year-old who works in construction, won $5,000 in March on a scratch-off game called "20X The Cash." Then a few weeks later, he won again only more.

The second time, he won $50,000 in the same game.

Both times, officials said, he bought his winning tickets at the 29 Convenience Mart in Silver Spring.

Matamoras described winning twice as being in a dream.

"I certainly didn't think there would be any more big winners at this store so it totally took me by surprise," he said to lottery officials when he collected his prize money and posed in a picture with an oversized check.

Matamoras said he plans to use his winnings to pay down some bills and possibly start his own real estate business to refurbish and sell houses.

Of winning twice from the same store, Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry said, "It's not out of the realm but it doesn't happen that often."

Gentry said lottery players are often superstitious and "creatures of habit" so they'll buy lottery tickets at the same store. Another thing that drives people to return to the same store for their lottery ticket purchases is when stores promote that they've sold a winning ticket. That often spurs buyers to come back, hoping they too can win.

But lottery officials said the drawings and winnings are "totally random" and there is no guarantee that just because a store sold a winning ticket once or even twice that it will happen repeatedly, according to Gentry.

It is really just "lottery luck," as officials call it.

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A Silver Spring, Maryland, man won a state lottery game twice at the same convenience store — a rare occurrence, lottery officials said.

Jorge Matamoras, a 39-year-old who works in construction, won $5,000 in March on a scratch-off game called "20X The Cash." Then a few weeks later, he won again only more.

The second time, he won $50,000 in the same game.

Both times, officials said, he bought his winning tickets at the 29 Convenience Mart in Silver Spring.

Matamoras described winning twice as being in a dream.

"I certainly didn't think there would be any more big winners at this store so it totally took me by surprise," he said to lottery officials when he collected his prize money and posed in a picture with an oversized check.

Matamoras said he plans to use his winnings to pay down some bills and possibly start his own real estate business to refurbish and sell houses.

Of winning twice from the same store, Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry said, "It's not out of the realm but it doesn't happen that often."

Gentry said lottery players are often superstitious and "creatures of habit" so they'll buy lottery tickets at the same store. Another thing that drives people to return to the same store for their lottery ticket purchases is when stores promote that they've sold a winning ticket. That often spurs buyers to come back, hoping they too can win.

But lottery officials said the drawings and winnings are "totally random" and there is no guarantee that just because a store sold a winning ticket once or even twice that it will happen repeatedly, according to Gentry.

It is really just "lottery luck," as officials call it.

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He is on great plane of wealth, good vibes from his #picks & where he plays. Jorge must be in synch with life itself. Everything fits into the proper groove HIGH 5!!!!!.

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    Posted: April 12, 2017, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations Jorge!!  Never won anything living in Silver Spring, but come to think about it didn't play lottery until I was no longer stationed @ Walter Reed Army Medical Center down the road and started @ Ft. G.G. Meade, MD.

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      Posted: April 12, 2017, 12:59 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations !!! Jorge Matamoras. Stay lucky.Green laugh

      When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

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        Posted: April 12, 2017, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

        .

        Come on now.
        If that's not the scratch-off, poster boy photo,
        then I don't know what is.

        But hey, if it's real, it's real.
        Good for you. I hope you do it again.

        That's s lot of loot for paying off some bills.
        You look like you deserve it, working your jack hammer all day long:

        "RATTAT TATTAT TATTAT TATT!"

        Or maybe he's a roofer. With them hot shingles, sun beating down on him.

        "Hoosh!Send up another cooler of water!".

        Good win, good winner, and good intentions with his new money.

        • Don't chase the numbers you play.
        • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
        • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                   (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
        • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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          Posted: April 12, 2017, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

          kind of surprised he exposed himself to the rest of the world when Maryland offers winners the option of anonymity. Too many wackos out there even if the prize was just $50k.

          Never attempt to maintain a lifestyle you can't afford.

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            kind of surprised he exposed himself to the rest of the world when Maryland offers winners the option of anonymity. Too many wackos out there even if the prize was just $50k.

            Exactly........he must be a publicity hound.

            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

            Lep

            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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              Posted: April 13, 2017, 3:26 am - IP Logged

              Exactly........he must be a publicity hound.

              Perhaps, fiinally basking in his own narcissistic 15 minutes of Glory???

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                Posted: April 13, 2017, 8:30 am - IP Logged

                Wow that's amazing. Congratulations to him!

                I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the PB to win the largest PB jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars! I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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                  Posted: April 14, 2017, 7:27 am - IP Logged

                  So does he keep playing that scratch off?? Or try another one? Skeptical

                  Can he get a third hit?

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                    Posted: April 14, 2017, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

                    So does he keep playing that scratch off?? Or try another one? Skeptical

                    Can he get a third hit?

                    Will have to go to their website to see if it says what is left for big winners I suppose.

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                      Posted: April 14, 2017, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

                      Will have to go to their website to see if it says what is left for big winners I suppose.

                      They, like most states have a list of top prizes remaining.  'His' lottery has three top prizes remaining.

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                        Posted: April 15, 2017, 11:14 am - IP Logged

                        So does he keep playing that scratch off?? Or try another one? Skeptical

                        Can he get a third hit?

                        I have a store next to work. Same $30 game sold a $3Mil and $50K. He also sold a $25K on a $10 ticket. Not the same guy, but the store has generated some big wins.

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                          Posted: April 16, 2017, 6:43 am - IP Logged

                          Will have to go to their website to see if it says what is left for big winners I suppose.

                          Yea, but that is US here in Lottery Post 'knowing' we have to look at what is left.  Most scratch off players have no idea what that means or why you would do it, they play on pure luck. 

                          So I think he will keep playing it. 

                          The next question is - If you lived near that store, would YOU play that scratch off?

                          I might (after verifying there were jackpot tickets left) as I remember there was that math lady who hit in Texas by buying TONS of tickets to a game from the same store which 'forced' the jackpot winner to be shipped to that store. 

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                            Posted: April 16, 2017, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                            Yea, but that is US here in Lottery Post 'knowing' we have to look at what is left.  Most scratch off players have no idea what that means or why you would do it, they play on pure luck. 

                            So I think he will keep playing it. 

                            The next question is - If you lived near that store, would YOU play that scratch off?

                            I might (after verifying there were jackpot tickets left) as I remember there was that math lady who hit in Texas by buying TONS of tickets to a game from the same store which 'forced' the jackpot winner to be shipped to that store. 

                            Heaven knows I've bought my fair share of lottery tickets where a big banner says such and such winner sold here.  Hasn't made one iota of a difference so far...