By DAN DEARTH
6:04 PM EST, January 11, 2011
A Williamsport "muscle car enthusiast" is about $263,000 richer after purchasing the winning Multi-Match lottery ticket at a Hagerstown liquor store, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.
Lottery spokesman Patrick Morton said the 62-year-old man — whose identity was not disclosed at his request — won the money Monday night.
The winning ticket was purchased at Halfway Liquors at 17438 Virginia Ave.
"The individual who bought it came in (Tuesday) morning to let us know that he won," said Gary Greenwald, owner of Halfway Liquors. "He's a regular customer at the store."
The winner picked up a printout of the winning numbers on the way to work, according to a lottery news release. When the clerk told him there had been a jackpot winner, he didn't think much about it until he arrived at his office and checked his ticket.
He couldn't believe his eyes, the release said.
"I've actually been planning to retire for some time," said the winner, whose hobby is restoring '60s and '70s muscle cars, the news release said.
He said he had dreamed of having more time to tinker with cars and of launching a new business with his wife, the release said.
"We were already in the process of making our dreams come true. The win just makes it that much more possible," he said, according to the release.
Greenwald said the back of Multi-Match tickets claims that the odds of winning are 1-in-2 million. Each ticket costs $2.
He said the winner picked the numbers manually, rather than having them selected at random by a computer.
The total value of the winning ticket was $650,000, with a $400,000 cash option.
Morton said the winner chose the cash option and, after taxes, will take home about $263,000.
The winner declined to take the other payment option, which would have given him about $17,095 a year for the next 25 years, Morton said.
The seller of a winning lottery ticket gets a $1,000 bonus if the value of the prize is less than $1 million, Morton said. Vendors receive a percentage of the proceeds if the winning ticket is more than $1 million.
The Multi-Match game gives players three lines with six numbers on each line. After lottery officials draw the numbers, players can win up to $1,000 if they match between three and five numbers on any one line; $2,000 if they match between five and 18 numbers total; and a jackpot that starts at $500,000 if they match six numbers on any one line.
The jackpot increases every time the big prize isn't won.
Monday night's winner won when all six numbers on one of his ticket's play lines matched the drawing result.
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