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Snake encounter, brave beagle lead woman to big lottery prize

By Ben Hooper
Snake encounter, brave beagle lead woman to big lottery prize
A Maryland woman said a trespassing snake caused a delay that led her to a nearly $30,000 lottery prize. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Lottery

July 27 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman said her $29,295.70 lottery jackpot might have never happened if not for a pesky snake and a brave beagle.

The 63-year-old woman said she was preparing to leave her Upper Marlboro home to play the Maryland Lottery's Racetrax virtual horse racing game on Monday, but a snake sighting outside her door sent her running back inside.

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"The snake scared me back in," the woman said.

She said about an hour passed before she sent her dog, Buddy the beagle, outside to ensure the serpent had moved along.

The woman said she watched as Buddy sniffed around near the door and determined the snake had left the area.

She then went to Marlboro Country Liquors in Upper Marlboro and played her lucky numbers, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

The game, played later than she had intended, won her $29,295.70. She said it wasn't her first brush with Racetrax luck.

"Every few days we're hitting something," she said.

The woman's husband, a fellow Racetrax fan, won $725.20 from the game when the coupe stopped by a store on their way to claim her prize from lottery headquarters on Tuesday.

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