James Pitt, of New Carrollton, Md., said a pep talk from his sister led to his buying a lottery ticket on his birthday that earned him a $50,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Lottery
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A Maryland man who celebrated his birthday by buying lottery tickets ended up with a belated gift when he won $50,000.
James Pitt, 57, of New Carrollton, told Maryland Lottery officials he plays the same set of numbers every time he enters the Bonus Match 5 drawing, and he plays almost daily.
Pitt said a Bonus Match 5 ticket was among the stack of lottery tickets he purchased from Gem Liquors in Lanham on his birthday, and the ticket earned him a $50,000 jackpot in the Aug. 11 drawing.
"When I checked the results on my lottery app, I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Pitt recalled.
He said he called his wife in to confirm what he was seeing.
"Then, we drove to a store to scan it and there it was again -- we'd won $50,000," Pitt said.
He credited the win to some positive thinking inspired by a conversation with his sister.
"I was talking to her about the fun I have playing the lottery but that I never expected to win," he said. "'You've got to be optimistic,' she insisted. So, I decided to try it out."
Pitt said he called his sister after the win to thank her for the pep talk.
"I wouldn't have bought those tickets if I hadn't talked to my sister, if she hadn't put me in a better frame of mind," Pitt said.