Phoenix Man Thanks Song for Big WinThursday, May 3rd, 2012
“I was shocked, but I didn’t celebrate in the store. I just walked out and
Wins top prize playing the Tax Free $50,000 scratch-off
David Storf, from the Baltimore County town of Phoenix, was listening to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Freebird” in his car two weeks ago and thought about winning the Lottery. “I thought to myself if I could win some money, I would be free,” said the lucky winner. He then stopped at the local Giant Food and purchased three Tax Free $50,000 scratch-offs from the instant ticket vending machine and scratched them while in the store. The first two were non-winning but the third ticket made him $50,000 richer. “I was shocked, but I didn’t celebrate in the store. I just walked out and went home.” said the 64-year-old retired police officer.
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During the past two weeks, he kept the winning ticket at home, in a bookcase and waited for the right moment to bring it to Lottery headquarters. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, invest, share with family, donate to charities and take a trip to a resort in Pennsylvania.
This wasn’t the first time David visited Lottery headquarters. Just two-and-a-half years ago, he won $10,000 on a crossword scratch-off.
Tax Free $50,000 is a $5 scratch-off. The Maryland Lottery pays estimated taxes on all top prizes of the game.