Hagerstown Man Becomes Lottery’s Newest Millionaire

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Claims $1 Million “Black” Ticket Top Prize

After purchasing a few scratch-off tickets a couple of days ago, a 62-year-old Hagerstown man went about his normal routine just like it was any other day.  As always, he gave his son a couple to scratch, and kept a few for himself.  It wasn’t until 3:30 this morning that he decided to scratch the tickets he kept for himself.  It was then that he revealed his $1 million win.

“I quickly woke my son to tell him the news,” said the retired winner.  “My son was so excited that he woke up the rest of the house.”  When asked if he was able to sleep that night, the winner said, “I slept fine.  It was everyone else in the house that couldn’t fall asleep.”

The big win came at a great time.  After working for Allegany Electric for 37 years, the winner just retired this year.  Although he isn’t quite sure what he is going to do with all of his winnings, he does plan to remodel his house and take a vacation.  He stated that it wasn’t going to change who he was.  “I’m still going to be me,” he said.  “I’m not going to try to be anything I’m not.”

The winning Black ticket was purchased at Food Lion, located at 18360 College Rd. in Hagerstown. There is still another $1 million top-prize remaining on the ticket, along with many other amounts, including four $50,000 prizes.

  • jessie

    IM HAPPY TO HEAR A PERSON SUCH AS YOUR SELF WON.ITS NICE TO HEAR A MAN THAT WORKED ALL HIS LIFE BEST WISHES TO YOUR FAMILY YOU DERSERVE IT …..

  • thai

    where is the picture of the new millionaire ?

    • mdlottery

      thai: The winner chose to remain anonymous so a picture is not available.

  • Lennice

    Blessings to you and your family. Like they say you have to play to win and I play some type almost every day. I like to play the Scratch-offs and Pick 3, Pick 4, Powerball, Mega-Million and Multi-Match. I fully believe I am going to win BIG. I win something almost everyday.

  • Shantelle Evans

    I’m trying to locate the “Holiday Treasures” $2 Scratchoff? Where can I find them for zipcodes 21220,21207, 21236?

    • mdlottery

      Shantelle: Unfortunately, the final activation date for retailers has come and gone. We have no way of knowing if any remain available and where.

  • Renee

    Make sure you go to your accountant and have you taxes held out. My parents won 200,000K this march. After the Feds and State, you also have to pay exsize tax. Go to a accountant right away! You will thank me!

  • SHARON

    God Bless you!What perfect timing!I am truly happy for you and your family. Have a great vacation and after 37 years of dedication you deserve it!

  • TJohnson

    Congratz, to you and your family, spend your money wisely and make sure you have fun on your vacation. God Bless You.

  • Amy

    God Bless You and Your Family. It’s nice to see good things happen at this time of so much tragedy. You deserve it. Have a great retirement!!!!

    • Carol Murphy

      Congratulations to the winner. There are no winning tickets in Hollywood, MD. either. Rather there are none at my house. LOL.

  • Black

    Congratulations, people in baltimore need to stop playing scratch. There are no big jackpots in Baltimore

  • shirley Gaskins

    What happen to Randallstown winners. We would like to hit somotime.

  • JOE T

    WOW… BIG WINNER IN HAGERSTOWN – CONGRATULATIONS. I GUESS THAT MEANS THE OTHER MILLION DOLLAR TICKET WILL BE IN BALTMORE.

    • Steve

      Ain’t that the truth…BALTIMORE is holding the last winner! I ain’t buying THAT scratch ticket now that there’s only 1 winner left!

  • http://Mdlottery.com D. Smith

    Congrats dude ! Enjoy ! My day is coming soon !

  • john

    I played the same $20 scratch off ticket. I spent $200 and won a little over $500. I pocketed over $300. Congrat on your new fortune sir! spend it wisely.

  • maria

    congrats!!!

  • Nadia

    Why do you have to purchase a $20 Scratch-off in order to get a chance to win $1 million in Maryland? Surrounding states have $5 and $10 Scratch-offs where you have a chance to win $1 million. I believe more people would buy scratch-offs if the payouts were higher. I purchased twenty $5 scratch-offs and did not win not one cent. Why is this??

    • mdlottery

      Nadia: I cannot speak to products and prize payouts that other states develop. However, I can speak to how we develop a game.

      When we print a game we print as many tickets as the price point deems profitable to the state of Maryland and create a prize structure that is suitable to the game and for our players. For most games it is very hard to support a $1 million top prize. If we were to offer a $1 Million prize on $5 and $10 games, the overall odds of winning, along with each prize tier thereafter would suffer so severe that players would not play and disrupting our business objectives for the state of Maryland.

      We have offered $1Million top prize on $5 tickets in the past, such as Ravens Cash Fantasy, because we could afford to print more tickets than the average $5 ticket.

      I am sorry that you were not as successful in your purchase of twenty $5 tickets but I can assure you that when these games a generated, there are guidelines that are followed and one of the guidelines is a string limiter on non winning tickets. For a $5 game the limiter is 6 non-winning tickets, so if you have more than six consecutive non-winning tickets please send them to us.

  • Tessa Wilson

    Awesome! Congrats to you & your family! Enjoy your retirement as well… and best to you.

  • http://google charlotte shirley

    Happy for this gent in Md. I play 5 dollar crossword and bingo every day and so far out of about 50 of them the most I have won on one was ten bucks, they stink.

    • Steve

      I AGREE. The scratch tickets STINK!!!

  • john

    You derserve it sir, Enjoy your new fortune.

  • JERRY

    I AM SOOOOO GLAD THAT A HAGERSTOWN MAN WON. CONGRATULATIONS. I KEEP PLAYING AND HOPING THAT MY SHIP WILL COME IN.

  • Stephanie

    Congratulations Sir. I’m happy for you.

    • http://MARYLANDLOTTERY ROSE

      I am happy for your winnings you have a bonus retirement



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