Surprise Win for Baltimore ManThursday, January 14th, 2010
$30,000 Top Prize on Tripling Star Crossword Scratch-off
“I am still in shock,” said the 45-year-old Lottery player. He came to Lottery Headquarters to cash what he thought was a $1000 winning Tripling Star Crossword Scratch-off ticket. To his surprise, Lottery officials told him that he’d won $30,000!
Yesterday, the father-of-three, bought some scratch-offs as he often does and took them home to scratch. He says the crosswords are a little hard to understand, so if he thinks he has a winner, he’ll take it back to the store and have them scan it. This time, the message said to come to Lottery Headquarters. “I knew I’d won something big and told my wife it was probably for $1000,” he said. “I still can’t believe this is actually happening.” He said his wife and family still don’t know about the amount of his prize because he left his cell phone at home and couldn’t call them.
The big winner said he is going to donate some of his windfall to his local church and help out some friends. He also said that his family needs a new car and they were saving up for one. “Now we can get it,” he sighed. The lucky player said, in addition, his oldest daughter’s birthday is tomorrow and he would like to do something special for her.
The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-11 located at 1801 Reisterstown Rd. in Baltimore.