Baltimore Man Says “Gimme” and WinsMonday, March 21st, 2011
$50,000 Top Prize Won on Gimme 5 Scratch-Off Ticket
A Baltimore resident and avid scratch-off player walked into Lottery Headquarters this past Friday, stunned by an unexpected windfall: $50,000 in cash. The long-time Lottery player purchased a Gimme 5 scratch-off and won the ticket’s top prize.
The 51-year-old winner seemed to be floating on air as he entered the Lottery’s Claim Center accompanied by his brother-in-law. “This is so hard to believe,” he said. “It’s unreal.” He bought the ticket while on the way home from work and casually scratched it in the store. After realizing it was a $50,000 winner, he immediately left, rushed home and stored the ticket in a safe place.
The lucky winner has three grown children and two grandkids, but has yet to share the good news with them. “I may not tell them at all,” he laughed. He hasn’t decided what all he will do with the winnings, but said he will start with paying bills and pay for some home repairs. The winning ticket was purchased at Belmont Liquors located at 2908 Belmont Avenue in Baltimore City.