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New Instant Mega Millions/Powerball Scratch-off Ticket Finds First Winner

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Eastern Shore Man Claims $100,000 Prize

In days past, Lottery players in Maryland had to wait until certain nights to try their luck with Mega Millions and Powerball.  With the introduction of the new Instant Mega Millions/Powerball scratch-off, this has changed.  The first player to take full advantage of the new game is a highway construction worker from Ridgely who won the first $100,000 top-prize.

“I was on the way to visit my mom and stopped in for a ticket,” today’s 23-year-old winner told officials.  “I scratched it right there, saw what I thought was a big winner and kind of froze.  I’m surprised now how calm I was.”  The ticket made the rounds of his family, none of whom could believe it was real, even when holding the ticket in their hands.

Even well into the claim process the Eastern Shore man didn’t quite accept that this was all really happening.  When handed the final paperwork, the beyond-a-doubt, irrefutable evidence that the money was his, the look on his face changed dramatically.  “I’m definitely not as calm now as I was when I scratched that ticket.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the House of Spirits, located at 2 North Central Ave. in Ridgely. The Instant Mega Millions/Powerball ticket, which launched this past Monday, still has six $100,000 top prizes remaining.  Along with cash prizes, players can win a quick pick Mega Millions ticket with Megaplier and a Powerball ticket with Power Play.

  • Karen

    What do you mean that more people in Baltimore play so therefore they win??? What kind of logic is that? They win because the big winning tickets are “located in Baltimore.” And for those of you complaining about the complainers, “our” complaints are valid! I play often and know others who also play often and have won the minimal, but LET’S BE CLEAR, the big tickets “ARE IN BALTIMORE!”

    • http://marylandlottery.wordpress.com Maryland Lottery

      Karen: We assure you that the geographic locations of our winners are random. There is no way to predict where the winners will be. Feel free to take a look at our winners stories from 2009 and 2010. There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

      • Karen

        You are aware that the link that you provided to me above only leads to the top of this page and no statistical information in general.

        • http://marylandlottery.wordpress.com Maryland Lottery

          The link takes you to our catalog of all of our winners stories. From there you can see that we have winners from all over the state.

    • mbee

      yeah most of the big winning tickets are in Baltimore and the surrounding counties but there arent that many to begin with. Like for the new mega millions and powerball scratchers. they printed about 2 million tickets. Out of those 2 million tickets there are only 5 100 thousand prizes. Most tickets are losing tickets.

  • Quahog

    I wish some people would stop complaining about how the lottery is a scam.it’s gambling . You take a chance with your money. Not everyone can win. You might aswell just stop playing if all you do is complain when people win. If more people win Baltimore go to Baltimore and buy some tickets.

  • Dooey

    @Mrs A.Anderson,Very well said!

  • LottoWinner

    Stop some of the whining on these comments. Always repeat offenders anytime someone get’s lucky and wins a prize.

  • Nikia Bailey

    I am happy for you! I wonder what it feels like to be a top prize winner of that much money. I been doing scratch offs for a little over a year now and I still cannot come across a winning ticket. Again very excited for you, but I wish my babies and I can be the next top prize winners.

  • patricia gray

    CONGRATULATIONS I AM GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE ELSE WIN THATS NOT IN BALTIMORE OR SURROUNDING AREA , YOU SAID BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE PLAY IN THESE AREAS SO THAT MEANS BECAUSE MORE PLAY IN THAT AREA THATS WHERE MOST OF THE BIG TICKETS SHOULD BE

    • Mrs. A. Anderson

      I BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY THAT THE MD LOTTERY LIES WHEN THEY SAY “STATISTICS ARE WHERE MORE PEOPLE PLAY, THAT’S WHERE MOST OF THE WINNERS WILL BE.” THAT IS ONLY TO JUSTIFY THE FACT, THAT THEY DO, IN FACT KNOW THAT BALTIMORE AND SURROUNDING AREAS(DUNDALK, GLEN BURNIE, GYWNN OAK, WOODLAWN…ETC) WILL BE WINNERS. cHECK OUT THE LIVIN’ LUCKY LIST OF WINNERS AND SEE WHERE MOST OF THOSE WINNERS ARE FROM. I DO NOT LIVE IN BALTIMORE OR THE SURROUNDING AND I HAVE 100 STUBS SUBMITTED FOR LIVIN LUCKY AND I HAVE NOT BEEN CHOSEN! MD LOTTERY IS SUCH A SCAM TO TAKE MONEY FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO WIN BIG!!! SHAME ON YOU MD LOTTERY!!

      • http://marylandlottery.wordpress.com Maryland Lottery

        Mrs. A. Anderson: We understand that it’s hard to believe, but the truth is more winners are from areas where there are more people playing. The drawings and second-chance contests are all random and we can not predict where winners will be.

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  • Karen

    Congratulations on your big win!!! Maybe one day I will be just as blessed.

  • mary reynolds

    I don’t think it’s right that you have a $5.00 scratch off with a $2.00 bonus prize.CHEAP…..

    • Mrs. A. Anderson

      I AGREE! VERY CHEAP. AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY GENERATE, THE PRIZES SHOULD BE MORE FOR THE TOP PRIZES.

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