Lightning Bolt Pays Off for Silver Spring ManMonday, December 2nd, 2013
Lucky player takes home $100,000 Green Streak top prize
The Maryland Lottery’s Green Streak scratch-off ticket reminded a 35-year-old man of streaks of lightning, so he kept telling his friends to “get me one of those lightning tickets.” His streak was anything but green until the day the Silver Spring man took matters into his own hands and bought his own $10 ticket. Today, he’s $100,000 richer!
The restaurant employee purchased the ticket on Saturday after leaving work with his three friends. He said the ticket, with the number 29, was at the Golden Bull Restaurant in the morning and was still there when he got off work that evening. “I know that a $10 book of tickets only has 30 tickets in it and this was the 29th ticket,” said the Montgomery County resident. The fact the ticket was still there hours later made him think he was meant to buy it. “My friends were all stunned that I won,” he said.
Since the Lottery headquarters in Baltimore was going to close for the Thanksgiving holiday, the lucky player rushed into the city to claim his prize. “I could not get up here soon enough,” he told Lottery officials.
The husband and father of two plans to use the winnings to give his kids a great Christmas, to buy a nice piece of jewelry for his wife and something for his friends who were present when he scratched off his winning ticket. He bought it at the Golden Bull Restaurant located at 9107 Riggs Road in Adelphi.