Baltimore Man Wins $20,000 Top Prize on Cash Word Scratch-Off

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

CashwordA Baltimore man scratched his Cash Word ticket, satisfying his itch for cash by winning the ticket’s $20,000 top prize.  “He had an itch in his hand, so we knew he’d be lucky,” his wife said.  “We knew he had to buy a ticket.”  The 63-year-old borrowed $2 from his son to purchase the Cash Word scratch-off.  He scratched the winning ticket at the store on Friday and hurried home to share the news with his family.

The lucky man came to Lottery Headquarters on Monday accompanied by his wife and his best friend.  “Every time we’d drive past Montgomery Park, he’d point and say, ‘We’ll be there someday,’” his friend said.  “I knew we’d make it.”

The lucky winner, who is a spray painter, suffered from a work-related injury to the knee, and has been home for almost a month.  He began playing Keno to pass the time, and then decided to try his luck on scratch-offs.

The father-of-four plans to share his winnings with his sons.  His first purchase will be a computer for his youngest son, who starts his final year of college this fall.  “The win couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Patapsco Village Liquors, located at 3434 Annapolis Road in Baltimore.

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