Berlin Man is Maryland’s First $1 Million MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ Winner

MMC Winner final_webA Berlin man and his significant other are happily celebrating his $1 million MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB win in the Nov. 7 drawing. The grandfather made history by becoming Maryland’s 1st Millionaires’ Club member.

Top Prize win on Nov. 7 triggered 14 million-dollar prizes

A Berlin man today stepped forward to claim his $1 million prize and became Maryland’s No. 1 member of the exclusive MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB. He is among 14 $1 million club winners nationwide.

The grandfather of two won his prize in the Nov. 7 drawing, which awarded the Top Prize to a New Jersey winner. Having the Top Prize hit triggered a drawing of 14 MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB numbers in nine states and the District of Columbia. In total, the drawing had more than 91,000 winning tickets ranging from $5 to $21 million.

Maryland identified the retailer that sold the $1 million winning ticket quickly – The Greene Turtle at 9616 Stephen Decatur Road in West Ocean City. Finding the winner took a little more time and occurred after the retailer’s staff encouraged customers to check and recheck their tickets.

The 62-year-old winner, who is a loyal Maryland Lottery player, routinely buys his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Tuesdays. He also plays Keno from time to time. So, when he learned how the new multi-state MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB game works, he bought a ticket. Our winner likes the fact that the game has a limited Top Prize amount and pays out 10 or more $1 million prizes. “I think they should pay out more millions,” he said.

The game launched Oct. 19 and the Worcester County resident added the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB ticket to his weekly Lottery game purchase. When he checked the Nov. 7 drawing results, the father of one initially thought he was out of luck. However, The Greene Turtle staff urged him and others to check their tickets, he said. The man took a closer look and realized he was looking at the Top Prize “Draw” numbers rather than the “Millionaires’ Club Number.” “It was confusing,” he said, but his Millionaires’ Club number matched!

“We are pleased to have the first $1 million Maryland winner in our new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB game,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “This is an exciting addition to our game lineup that we hope will attract new players and be enjoyed by our current players.”

In addition to his prize, our winner is receiving a personalized Millionaires’ Club Top Hat in a customized MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB hat box. He plans to spend his winnings paying off his house, paying off several loans and putting money in his grandchildren’s college accounts. “I’m going back to work tomorrow,” he said.

The Greene Turtle, which is already displaying a banner proclaiming its status as the lucky ticket seller, has received a $1,000 selling bonus from the Lottery.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery game features three ways to win $1 million. Players can win the Top Prize that is capped at $25 million. Once that Top Prize is won, a separate drawing is conducted to award a minimum of 10 Millionaires’ Club prizes of $1 million each. Each week the Top Prize is not hit, the number of $1 million prizes increases.

Players also have a shot at winning a $1 million prize on the upcoming national primetime “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” TV show, which will debut in February. The show will feature an audience of players who have been randomly selected in a drawing. They enter the drawing by completing MONOPOLY-themed Property Sets. Sets are developed by entering the “Web Code” on tickets at PlayMMC.com.

Selected players will fly to Las Vegas where the show is being taped and will receive a five-day, four-night stay for two plus spending money. Billy Gardell, star of “Mike & Molly,” will host the show.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery game drawings are Fridays at 11:15 p.m. Eastern. Tickets are $5 each.

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