$30,000 Winning Scratch-off Discovered in Church Collection Plate

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Parish Benefits from Cash Craze Crossword Top Prize

A struggling Baltimore parish received a surprising donation two Sundays ago, when a Maryland Lottery Cash Craze Crossword scratch-off arrived in the collection plate. The ticket, which was already scratched revealing the win, was discovered by the church’s pastor when tallying the day’s contributions. “I’m not too familiar with these tickets,” said the pastor. “I asked somebody if it was a winner.” The response was “It looks like it’s a winner to me.” With this affirmation, the 55-year-old church leader brought the ticket to Lottery Headquarters, where the largesse of an anonymous individual was confirmed.

“I have no idea who did this,” the pastor declared. “I really have no clue.” The church, which has been experiencing financial difficulties, will use the money toward operating expenses, but the pastor also wishes to give some back to the people. “We have a lot of people in need,” he said. “Hopefully, we can give some back, especially since this is the way we received it.”

Although this unexpected windfall is much-appreciated, the church still faces financial challenges.  With that in mind, the smiling pastor said that he intends to buy $5 worth of Mega Millions tickets for Friday night’s drawing which has a jackpot of $312 million.

The donated winning ticket was purchased at #1 Liberty Mart, located at 8625 Liberty Rd. in Randallstown.

  • susie smith

    Md state lottery let yourself play

  • Peg

    to the Pastor, may GOD continue to BLESS you, your church family and the person that Blessed the church.

  • Tanisha

    What A blessing for the church besides u never know how bad the church really needed that money . There are still good people in the world.

  • Rhonda Gales

    I know that God does not approve of gambling, but whoever left that 30,000.00 scratch off ticket, I think that was a very, very, very nice thing!!!!

  • When you’re down to nothing, Jesus is up to something. This minister must be a true man of God because Jesus was right on time. This shows me that this minister has faith. Hebrew 11-1-Faith is the substance of things hoped for; evidence of the things unseen. God WILL deliver.

  • Jerry

    That’s wonderful!God is great. That was a blessing from above. To God be the glory.

  • hollaluya

  • That’s really nice of that person to do that for the church. As a pastor you shouldn’t buy mega millions tickets because you shouldn’t be gambling. That’s for you and your God to decide good luck anyway

  • Pat K

    Are you kidding, that’s a great story and it also makes me feel better about buying them, THANKS!!

  • That is amazing! It makes you believe that there are good people still in this world.