83-year-old lottery player ‘couldn’t believe’ big win — so he had wife and son check

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An 83-year-old retired electrician needed his wife and son to double-check his lottery ticket after winning a huge prize.

The man stopped for gas on Aug. 15 in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, and bought a Fast Play Big Money Doubler game for $5, the Maryland Lottery said in an Aug. 22 news release.

Then he realized he won the $117,175 jackpot.

“I couldn’t believe it. I had to look at it again and showed it to my wife and son to confirm, and we all celebrated,” the man, who was not identified in the release, told lottery officials.

He said his wife already made a list of things for the couple to buy with their prize money.

And he plans to keep playing the lottery.

Charlotte Hall is about 70 miles south of Baltimore.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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