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Maryland woman collects $175,000 Mega win

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Maryland woman collects $175,000 Mega win

Sharon Bishop, 33, of Hagerstown, Maryland, says she's no expert on winning, but after Wednesday she has a little experience.

Bishop won a consolation prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, netting her $175,000.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Bishop described her winning strategy.

She said she didn't start playing games of chance until about two years ago. And she started playing Mega Millions last year during a big jackpot.

"Well, yeah, it's gambling," she says.

Bishop said sometimes she buys one Mega Millions ticket, sometimes a handful, but "nothing major." She also plays scratch-off games and saves up pocket change to play 25-cent slot machines in Charles Town.

The slots and scratch-offs don't really make her money, though, Bishop said. One time, she said she won $100, but usually, "I just break even."

Tuesday night, she said she didn't do anything differently. She bought four $1 tickets at a Walkersville, Md., liquor store that is in the same shopping center where she works as a hairstylist and a masseuse.

"I've heard your odds are better when you do 'random pick,'" Bishop said. According to Maryland Lottery, she pulled the numbers 13, 31, 37, 39 and 52. She did not pull the sixth number - 38 - that would have won her $21 million.

Bishop, who is married and has a 15-year-old son in private school in Virginia, said she moved into a new house in Hagerstown last year, and the cash will help pay bills and her son's tuition.

Once the bills are paid off, she said she'll just have fun with the earnings. Maybe she'll start a business, or "maybe a trip to Charles Town," she said, laughing.

Hagerstown Morning Herald

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Mana's avatar - mana
Virginia Beach
United States
Member #3375
January 16, 2004
93 Posts
Posted: July 17, 2004, 9:30 am - IP Logged

"... Bishop said someti

... insert witty quote here ...

... My behavior and apperance betrays my age ... but I'm good enough ...
besides, people in person would still be afraid to talk to meh, even if I had millions ^^;

    United States
    Member #379
    June 5, 2002
    11296 Posts
    Posted: July 17, 2004, 10:27 am - IP Logged

    Next time she goes to Charles Town (WV) she should try Hot Lotto.

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      Puerto Rico
      Member #5208
      June 23, 2004
      3 Posts
      Posted: July 18, 2004, 10:50 am - IP Logged


                                          YOU GOTTA BE IN TO WIN IT  

                                    JUST DONT PLAY OVER YOUR HEAD..........!

        United States
        Member #379
        June 5, 2002
        11296 Posts
        Posted: August 12, 2004, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

        Playing UP to your head is OK...