Jorge Luis Chapas Garcia of Adelphi is planning to reunite with his wife with his $10,000 win on the AMC The Walking Dead scratch-off.
Claims 1st top prize on The Walking Dead scratch-off
Winning $20,000 with the Maryland Lottery and Maryland Live! Casino in six weeks is giving a lucky 25-year-old Adelphi man the financial resources to reunite with his wife.
Jorge Luis Chapas Garcia of Prince George’s County plans to head south to Central America in a month or two to visit his wife in the Republic of Honduras. When he returns to Maryland, the devoted husband plans to spend the rest of the winnings on the U.S. immigration process that will allow her to move to Maryland. The maintenance worker won $10,000 at the Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills last month and just claimed the $10,000 top prize on the Maryland Lottery’s new AMC’s The Walking Dead scratch-off.
“I’m excited about these big wins, but mostly because it means that my family will finally be together,” he said. The happy Lottery player bought his winning ticket on a whim, while his thoughts were on his wife.
“I went in a store near my work to use Western Union to send money home to my wife in Honduras,” said Jorge. That store, Hillandale Beer & Wine at 10117 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, also is a Lottery retailer.
“My friend was playing so I decided to get a ticket or two,” Jorge said. When he revealed the $10,000 top-prize win, he was shocked.
“I had to check my glasses to make sure I wasn’t seeing things,” he said. “I had my friend and the clerk check, too. The whole store celebrated with me!”
AMC’s The Walking Dead instant game debuted statewide on Aug. 21 and Jorge’s win is the first $10,000 top prize claimed. Three more top-prize-winning tickets remain in Maryland stores along with 17 second-tier $1,000 winning tickets.