May 3 (UPI) -- A Maryland Lottery player won a $224,529 prize using numbers copied from an unusual source -- another lottery game.
The Lanham man told Maryland Lottery officials he visited the Seabrook BP store to play 10 games of Racetrax, a simulated horse racing game, and he took inspiration for his horse "numbers" from a Keno monitor in the store.
"I had a set of numbers that I wanted to play when I walked in," the Prince George's County landscaper said. "The first thing I saw, though, was their Keno monitor with the numbers 8, 9, 10 and 11 on it. They just spoke to me."
The man used the numbers to place a Superfecta bet on 10 games and discovered when he checked the numbers later in the day that his gamble had paid off in a big way.
"When I saw those four numbers, my heart started pounding. I pulled out my tickets to make sure that I'd really played them. I had!" he said. "I jumped out of the truck and shouted 'Halleluia!'"
The winner's $224,529 prize was the second-largest in the history of the Maryland Lottery game, officials said.
"I've had some setbacks recently, work and otherwise. This win really is a blessing. I'll be able to set some things straight and put money back into my business, get some new equipment I've needed," he said.