CSX Engineer On Track for Early Retirement with Cash4Life Top Prize

“Shadow” the Cash4Life mascot and Lottery Director Gordon Medenica, left, join Pikesville’s William Brown in celebrating his $1,000 a day for life win playing the Cash4Life game.

Lucky Pikesville player wins $1,000 a Day for Life in Aug. 7 drawing

Pikesville’s William Brown, who has played Cash4Life ever since Maryland began selling the multistate game, shared his joyful news with everyone he met at Maryland Lottery headquarters – he won $1,000 a day for life!

The excited and grateful player didn’t even realize his lucky win in the Aug. 7 drawing until Labor Day. After buying quick-pick tickets from Giant #159 in Pikesville, the bachelor brought them home and set them on the kitchen table. There they sat, week after week.

“I went to the Lottery retailer just yesterday with my stack of tickets and started to check them one by one,” said the 56-year-old. “I was winning small amounts, but then the very last ticket said to see the Lottery agent and I thought ‘Oh boy!’ ”

William double-checked the ticket with a cashier who confirmed the win but not the size of the prize. William hurried home to review the Cash4Life prize structure on the Lottery website.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “It was all there, all my numbers were there.”

His lucky combination was 6, 20, 25, 32 and 50 with a Cash Ball of 2.

The CSX locomotive engineer wasted no time claiming the prize. As caregiver of his 89-year-old mother, William brought her with him to claim the big prize. He shared that recent changes at CSX included more time on the road for him. William feared that he wouldn’t be able to take care of his mother if he was constantly out of town, so the win, he said, is “right on time.”

“This win is going to change my life,” William told Lottery officials. Turning to his mother, he exclaimed, “Mom, we’re rich!”

Since the lucky player chose the annuity, he’ll receive $1,000 a day for life paid in annual installments of $365,000 or $241,812 annually after taxes. He plans to retire and with his winnings will “get my mother the best care money can buy.” A new car is in William’s immediate future, too.

William is Maryland’s second player to win the top prize in the game. In May 2016, a Frederick County Public Schools employee claimed a $1,000 a day Cash4Life prize, choosing the $7 million cash option.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming began offering the Cash4Life game in January 2016. Nine states participate: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee. Since the game began in June 2014, Cash4Life has had 22 top-prize winners (including this win) and 41 second-tier winners.

The Lottery retailer that sold the winning ticket is celebrating too. Giant #159 located at 3757 Old Court Road in Baltimore earned a $7,500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize ticket in the game.