Landover Hills Man Scores First Top Prize on Double Play Scratch-Off

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Claims $50,000 Win on Orioles Opening Day

Jarvis Lawson - Double PlayThe timing was ironic. As the Oriole’s were stepping up to the plate at Camden Yards, Jarvis Lawson was stepping into the Claims Center at Lottery Headquarters to claim his $50,000 Double-Play scratch-off win. Jarvis is the first player to hit a home run with the baseball-themed ticket, which also features a second-chance contest that partners the Lottery with the Orioles. The contest offers experiential prizes like a trip to see the O’s play at Fenway Park, plus players can also be chosen as the “contestant of the game” and win $1’000 for each double play turned by the Orioles.

Jarvis discovered his windfall a couple of weeks ago after a routine trip to 7-11. The 20-year-old visits the store every day and occasionally purchases scratch-offs. On this particular day, he bought two Double-Play tickets. He took them home, where he proceeded to scratch them and reveal his big win. “I didn’t believe it,” said Jarvis. “I called my uncle right away.” His uncle, who accompanied Jarvis to Lottery Headquarters along with the winner’s grandmother, also had a hard time believing his nephew’s good fortune.  “I took the ticket back to 7-11. They told me it was a winner,” said his uncle, who added, “I usually play Pick 3 and Pick 4. Now, I’m going to start playing scratch-offs.”

Jarvis, who is currently engaged to be married, also phoned his fiancée to share his good news.

Her immediate response was “What are we buying?”  Among his intended purchases are a couple pair of sneakers and maybe a plasma TV. “The whole family’s going on a shopping spree,” said the happy winner.  The winning Double Play ticket was purchased at 7-11, located at 7730 Finns Lane. in Lanham.

  • kim

    congrats, may god continue to bless u and your family. best wishes on you new marriage.

  • Cynthia

    Best of luck spend it well. I hope I am next in line.

  • Vicky M

    The after taxes will reduce that joy a bit, but I hope you will put a little aside to purchase a home or invest in something that when double what what you have left after taxes. Some suggestions for a young man…a mobile car wash, cleaning business, lawn care service, purchase auction vehicle to resale etc. You will be surpised how just a $10,000 investment will allow your celebration to continue long term. Wishing you continued success.

  • That’s great! invest some of that money. It’s good to see a winner in PG County, most winners are in the Baltimore area.

  • BogerMan

    Congratulations homie. Washington County doesn’t ever get lucky like that

  • Hello,I’m trying to put my code in for my non winning double play ticket but not sure where to go? Please help………

  • Kathleen

    Congratulations! I’m always happy to see someone win. But when will the same happen to me???

  • tennisace

    Like Pam said, don’t blow it all…be smart and invest most of it…you may never win again for quite sometime or not at all..$50k can go quick..remember you have to pay Uncle Sam some of that…that leaves you with about $33k and some change

  • Earl

    congrats to you! But dont forget to pay your taxes and invest some money.

  • Sister Missey

    That’s wonderful and congradulations. Don’t spend it all be sure to invest a little. Enjoy yourselves on your HONEYMOON.

  • Paul

    Guess I don’t have to go to baltimore in search of a winning ticket. I will invest $20k as a down payment in a foreclosure house right away. Goodluck!

  • LBrown

    Congratulations, I’m happy for Jarvis. I am still waiting. Don’t forget Oxon Hill, Maryland.

  • Pam

    way to go! My day is coming. Invest some of the money…don’t blow it all.

  • Elaine

    congrats to the young man. I am going to get my scratch off tickets now…

  • Denise

    I am happy that a Landover Hills person won instead of a Baltimore person!!

    Hooray Landover Hills!

    • wow, a pg county winner. thats good

    • mike

      I know its like always someone from Bmore or anne Arundel win thats crazy they need to put some of those winning tickets down here in Bowie

  • Dee

    I hope the winner adds to his list (unless this is already taken care of): items/expenses for the wedding, reception, and honeymoon since a fiancée was mentioned.

    It must be nice to not have to pay off bills or student loans/other loans with his winnings. I’m jealous 🙂 Congrats to this young man!

  • Ozzie Neff

    Do we players need to keep non-winning Double Play “contestants of the game” tickets ?

    • mdlottery

      Ozzie: Yes, please keep all entries you submit into the contest. If you are selected as a winner you will need to present the ticket to validate your entry.


    man u really lucked up.congrats. i have been spending 100’s of dollars and i have not hit yet.

  • tyron lee

    how many 50,000 tickets are left ? what are the odds now?

    • mdlottery

      tyron: You can find the odds for each game on the back of the scratch-off. For more information regarding each scratch ticket and its prizes remaining you can visit the scratch-off page here.

  • Awwwww Bae Im So Proud!!!!!