With a 1-7 basketball team, you need more than just a little luck. But $413,000 worth?
Coppin State Coach John Bates plays the Maryland Lotto "about 25 times a year," he said. He played it Saturday, Jan. 5, then went to basketball practice the next morning.
"I read the sports section before practice and glanced at the Lotto," Bates said. "Then after practice, I reached in my pocket and pulled out my ticket and looked at the paper again . . . "
Now Bates, one of three winners who will split $1.2 million, will receive approximately $20,667 per year for 20 years. In his 11th year at Coppin State in Baltimore, he has no intention of starting a new career.
"It's not going to change my life. Teaching and coaching is something I enjoy, something I've always wanted to do," said Bates, 47, who is married with one son. "I'm going to put most of the money away for my son. He's on football scholarship at South Carolina State. I figure it will give him a good start when he graduates."
Although last week started on such a good note, it ended rather strangely when Bates pulled his team off the court at Norfolk State because he did not know that a 45-second clock was being used.