Man “Pops The Question” during Cruise for Cash Bash [VIDEO]

Monday, January 31st, 2011


West Baltimore Man Proposes Marriage at Party to Promote New Scratch-Off

Hundreds of happy partygoers looked on as Jermaine Houston knelt before his lifelong sweetheart to ask for her hand in marriage. With its cruise theme and tropical backdrop, the Maryland Lottery’s Cruise for Cash Bash was the ideal setting for celebrating. “I wanted a lot of people around,” said Jermaine. “I thought, the more the merrier.” So, when his girlfriend, Mary Whitfield suggested that they attend the Lottery’s party to celebrate the agency’s new Cruise for Cash scratch-off, a light bulb went off in his head and he began making plans.

Jermaine Houston and Mary Whitfield - Cruise for Cash BashThose plans included having Lottery master of ceremonies, Brian Johnson, call Jermaine to the stage on the premise of returning his lost driver’s license. Once in front of the crowd, Jermaine proceeded to take the microphone. “Although I haven’t won a cruise yet, I’ve won something even better,” said Jermaine. With that, Mary was called to come forward and the band began playing the classic love song “At Last”. Mary’s tearful reply was a resounding “yes” as Jermaine slipped the ring on her finger. The couple embraced and began slow dancing while the nearly 400 attendees cheered them on. Jermaine and Mary, who are both 31 years of age, met when they were teenagers and have been together ever since. They intend to marry on Valentine’s Day. When asked if there were any honeymoon plans, Mary said, “No plans yet. He might have to surprise me with a cruise.”

Partnering with Royal Caribbean International, the Maryland Lottery launched Cruise for Cash on January 10, 2011. The $5 scratch-off is the first of its kind for the Maryland Lottery and features seven $50,000 instant top prizes, as well as 31 instant seven-night cruise vacations for two, departing from Florida with a premium ocean view balcony stateroom; first class round-trip airfare- for-two to Florida; deluxe premium hotel accommodations for two for the night prior to cruise departure, $1,000 onboard credit and $500 spending money.

Cruise for Cash also features a second-chance contest with six more chances to win a nine-night cruise vacation for two, departing from the Port of Baltimore. Second-chance cruise prizes include a premium ocean view balcony stateroom on any one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships departing from the Port of Baltimore and a $1,000 onboard credit. Players enter the second-chance contest by mailing in a non-winning Cruise for Cash scratch-off to the address on the back of the ticket or by going online at Players who enter online MUST keep their original Cruise for Cash ticket to present for validation.