Salisbury Man Wins $1 Million Ravens Cash Fantasy Prize

Friday, February 10th, 2012
John Menzel - Ravens Cash Fantasy

Ticket still has two $250,000 instant top-prizes remaining

New millionaire John Menzel had a lot to say upon finding out he was the $1 million Ravens Cash Fantasy Internet promotion winner. He initially had trouble forming complete sentences, only producing words one-at-a-time: “Surreal, fantastic, awesome, blessed, unbelievable.”

John, along with his wife Lori, made the trip from Salisbury to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore without knowing which Ravens Cash Fantasy prize they won.  A Lottery official called John yesterday, only telling him that he won a prize from the drawing, not which one.  “We couldn’t sleep at all last night.”

“I knew which prize categories I had entered, but that was it. We would have been happy with any of the prizes,” the 54-year-old said. “But this is just…wow.”

Their eight-year-old twin daughters aren’t asking for much. “They told us that if we win the million, all they want is a Ravens giant foam finger,” said Lori, an elementary school teacher.  As for John and Lori, they plan on paying off their mortgage, taking the kids to a Ravens game next year and saving the rest. “College is now paid for,” they both said with big smiles. They also plan on “resuming life as normal.”

The drawing, which was held Thursday, also awarded many other Ravens-themed prizes.  Vanessa Williams from White Marsh won season tickets for life.  Allen Lewis from Oxford won season tickets for 2012. Both James Brown from Baltimore and Roger Sheppard from Crownsville won trips-for two to the Bahamas for the Ravens cheerleader calendar shoot.  Amy Stolarski from Annapolis, Jessica Smith from Hagerstown, Nyhuya Johnson from Annapolis, Marti Stepner from Baltimore and John MacDonald from Newark, DE each will receive an entire suite for 24 people at a Ravens home game next year. For a complete list of winners, visit mdlottery.com/ravens.

For the third year in a row, the Lottery partnered with the Ravens to launch the Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-off. To enter the promotion, players scratched the perforated section at the bottom of their Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-offs and entered the extra yards online.

There are still chances to win on the Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-off.  The ticket, which is more than 95% sold, still has two instant $250,000 top-prizes remaining.

  • Rwade

    All gambling is a waist of money; however, I had fun.  I’ll be playing again next year and congradultions to the Menzel “you guys must feel like you are on top of the world! Yeah!

  • Guest 33

    Glad for the winner but this game was horrible this year! Largest amount I won was $20. I am thinking the Government got their hands into this like so many other things……………

  • Guest 33

    Glad for the winner but this game was horrible this year! Largest amount I won was $20. I am thinking the Government got their hands into this like so many other things……………

  • Poc1212

     507 entries @ $5.00 a pop = $2,535. You should have kept the money and took a nice vacation.  :)

  • Poc1212

     507 entries @ $5.00 a pop = $2,535. You should have kept the money and took a nice vacation.  :)

    • Mickf

      Entries does not equal tickets purchased!. Each entry is 300 yards and there is a bonus when you exceed a set amount of yards. So you get multiple entries for each 300 yards after a set amount of yards entered….check the rules!
      Actually the odds for the million jackpot were pretty good considering other  lottery game odds.

  • Dee

    I know how you feel!!

  • Dee

    I know how you feel!!

  • Schleprock

    Congrats, but I’m sure as hell not playing this game next year … wasted way too much money …

  • Schleprock

    Congrats, but I’m sure as hell not playing this game next year … wasted way too much money …

  • guest

    I understand … I played a LOT also.  This stuff is just luck … when your time comes; it comes …

    • Mick

      Well said….when it’s your time…..it’s your time….state the obvious…. and count on luck to find you!

  • Just Luck

    I swear … you must have been reading my mind!  I did the same thing.  I accumulated a HELL of a lot of yards … the most I won was $75, but I’m just like you … I’m not playing this again …

  • Goodtileman

    seem to be nice people see how they talk about their familey that is great in this time in life-watch out for the bad guys.

  • Goodtileman

    seem to be nice people see how they talk about their familey that is great in this time in life-watch out for the bad guys.



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