Annapolis ‘Progressive Prospector’ Unearths $922,143 Diamond Mine Prize

Claims first progressive jackpot prize in $20 FAST PLAY game

A thrilling chase for the winning ticket in the Maryland Lottery’s new FAST PLAY  Diamond Mine game ended with a phenomenal payout.

The $20 game, which went on sale in January, features a progressive jackpot that grows with each ticket sold. The first progressive jackpot grew for more than two months until an Anne Arundel County woman purchased the winning ticket and won $922,143!

The Annapolis resident, calling herself “Progressive Prospector” for Lottery publicity, said she enjoys playing FAST PLAY games. Although she rarely spends more than $5 on a FAST PLAY ticket, “Progressive Prospector” got a funny feeling last week that had her itching to try a new $20 game.

She bought the ticket at Royal Farms #028 in Annapolis. The 32-year-old scanned the Diamond Mine game using the store’s ticket checker and was puzzled by the scanner’s message. After closely inspecting the ticket, “Progressive Prospector” spotted a matching number and, underneath, saw the words “progressive top prize.” Next, her eyes flicked back to the top of the ticket, which listed the progressive jackpot as $922,143.

“I was just thinking, ‘No way.’ I turned and walked right out of the store,” said the winner.

Keeping the ticket safe and close was important, so the lucky lady slept with the ticket until the day she arrived at Lottery headquarters to claim her prize.

The win will help the single mother move her family from an apartment to a home of their own.

The $20 Diamond Mine game features prizes ranging from $20 to $10,000 and the progressive jackpot, which starts at $250,000. With this win, the game has 14 more progressive jackpots for players to win.

“Progressive Prospector” isn’t the only one in the money since she unearthed her prize. Royal Farms #028 located at 424 Sixth Street in Annapolis earned a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a winning FAST PLAY ticket of $100,000 or more.