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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Ellicott City resident Chris Eades shows off his Lottery check.

Wins $50,000 top prize playing Gimme 5 scratch-off

A smiling, but low-key James “Chris” Eades arrived at Lottery Headquarters this afternoon to claim his $50,000 Lottery win. Judging by his relaxed appearance, it seemed that Eades had nothing exceptional happening in his life – but his winning scratch-off indicated otherwise.

Eades, a general contractor and restaurant owner, stopped for gas at the Exxon station near his house this morning and purchased the Gimme 5 ticket with the change he received. He scratched it upon returning to his car, saw that it was a winner, and not believing his luck, ran back into the store to check it. After scanning the ticket and seeing the “redeem at Lottery Headquarters” message, he finally accepted that he had, in fact, won $50,000.

The husband and father-of-two has played the Maryland Lottery’s jackpot games for years but only recently began purchasing scratch-offs.  “I’ve been really surprised,” Eades said, “I’ve already won two $600 prizes from other scratch-offs and now $50,000 this morning!”

Eades immediately went home and shared the news with his wife who, of course, was thrilled.  The couple is leaving for a cruise in two weeks and is looking forward to using some of their winnings on the ship.  The rest of the money will be put in the bank and used to pay bills. The winning ticket was purchased at the Ellicott City Exxon located at 4235 Montgomery Rd. in Ellicott City.

  • stan

    im glad to see somebody is hitting the big one.ill keep tryin

  • Phil

    Sounds like a party to me!!!

  • Mike

    Why is everyone so nice to those who win, great for them but to really think that bc you said congrats is going to make you a winner is a little crazy. Oh i can’t wait for my turn…….lol.
    Save your money it adds up faster then you would think

  • Cammie Hopper

    That was a blessing! Enjoy your Cruise

  • Linda

    Congratulations, Chris
    I am pleased to hear that you and your family can enjoy some good fortune. It is always a pleasure to know that someone has won. Have a safe trip and enjoy your cruise.

  • Jade

    Congratulations, Chris. That’s very smart to use some of your winnings to pay bills. Also, have some fun and I know you and your family will have a wonderful time on the cruise and with your good luck, perhaps you should visit the onboard cruise ship casino. Bon voyage!!!

  • Stephanie

    Congratulations. I am very happy for you. I know you can use the money just like the rest of us. God Bless You.