Owings Mills Man Claims First Second-Chance Cruise Vacation

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Wins Nine-Day Luxury Vacation through Cruise for Cash Promotion

Brian Stolz - Cruise for CashWhen Brian Stolz received a message on his Facebook page last Friday congratulating him on winning a cruise, he wasn’t quite sure what to think.  He then checked his voicemail, and listened to a message from a Maryland Lottery official confirming that he was selected as the first second-chance Cruise for Cash cruise vacation winner.

The 45-year-old, who is a pre-sales engineer for an office product company, is still deciding who he is going to take on the cruise.  One big possibility is his sister, who took him on a cruise she won at work years ago.  Brian’s ticket was randomly selected from more than 40,000 entries.

Partnering with Royal Caribbean International, the Maryland Lottery launched Cruise for Cash on January 10, 2011. The $5 scratch-off features seven $50,000 instant top prizes, as well as 31 instant cruise vacations and a second-chance contest.  Players may enter the contest by mailing in a non-winning Cruise for Cash scratch-off or by entering online at mdlottery.com/cruise.  The second-chance prize includes a nine-night cruise vacation for two, on any one of Royal Carribean’s cruise ships departing from the Port of Baltimore.  The winner will also receive a $1,000 onboard credit. One drawing will take place each month through July.

  • cindy butler

    Hi, are we notified by email if we win?

    • mdlottery

      cindy: You will initially be contacted by phone. If we are unable to reach you we will either e-mail or send a letter to the address provided.

  • That is a very interesting way of putting it, I am not certain I agree.

  • Cathy

    Congrats on the win and I hope to join you in winning.
    My question to the Maryland lottery is, how do you pick the winners of the 2nd chance drawing. How is it done when you have online and mail tickets ?

    • mdlottery

      Cathy: Thanks for writing in.

      Here’s what we do when we have a contest which includes online and mail-in entries:

      Each mail-in entry received is assigned a number. Immediately following the drawing deadline, all mail-in and internet entries are co-mingled into a database, with each receiving a unique entry number. The drawing is conducted in the presence of many different Lottery departments, including Internal Audit and Security. Using a Random Number Generator, an IT official randomly selects the winner from all of the entries.

      Hope this helps explain the process.

  • Stella

    Do the tickets that people submit whether it be threw the mail or online get resubmitted for the next drawing?

    • mdlottery

      Stella: No they are not. Entries are cleared after each drawing.

      • Stella

        So can I resubmit them?

        • mdlottery

          Stella: Once a non-winning ticket is entered into a drawing, it cannot be used in a following drawing.



    • mdlottery

      Paul: There are no winning numbers for the second chance cruise. You have to enter your non-winning ticket either by mail or online. For more information on how to do so visit, http://www.mdlottery.com/cruise.

  • jerry Jones

    Thank you

  • me

    I hope you both enjoy the cruise. Congratulations and enjoy every moment of life together. WHILE WE ARE ALL STUCK HERE. KIDDING PLS HAVE A BLAST AND SAFE JOURNEY.

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  • Congrads and way to go Brain stolz hope you have awesome trip