James Howard missed a family cruise but enjoyed his own fun winning $50,000 on a MONOPOLYTM X20 scratch-off.
Claims top prize on $5 game
A Maryland Lottery player from Arbutus who has issues with motion sickness stayed home while the rest of his family went on a cruise. He had a fun time, too, winning $50,000 on a MONOPOLY™ X20 scratch-off.
“I like chasing the wins and trying to get the big win,” said James Howard while claiming his prize at Lottery headquarters. Before making the claim, he contacted his wife, two grown children and his mother-in-law aboard the ship to let them know about his good fortune.
“They told me to make sure I get a picture with the big check,” he said. A Lottery enthusiast, James says he went for many years without hitting for more than $500. The 48-year-old won $1,000 on three occasions during a lucky streak from November 2021 through March 2022. And now, of course, there’s the $50,000 prize.
For his newest win, the Baltimore County resident bought the $5 instant ticket at Pantry 1 Food Mart at 5314 East Drive in Halethorpe. He scratched off enough latex on the instant ticket while at the store to reveal the winning numbers at the top of the game. James then revealed the numbers, but not the prizes, on the Your Numbers section of the card. To the far right on the first row, he found a match: 24. He scratched to reveal the prize and was taken aback when it was for $50,000. James looked at it several times, scanned the scratch-off with the Lottery app on his phone to confirm the prize and walked over to the clerk to report he just won $50,000.
“He was excited. I think he even gave me a hug!” James said.
With proceeds from his winnings, the lucky player might buy a new vehicle, do some projects around the house and sock some of the funds away in savings.
Sharing in his good luck is Pantry 1 Food Mart, which receives a bonus of $500 from the Lottery for selling a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off. The bonus is equal to 1% of the prize.
The $5 MONOPOLY™ X20 scratch-off game launched on Jan. 17, 2022, as part of the MONOPOLY Second-Chance Promotion from the Maryland Lottery. The following scratch-offs joined the $10 ticket: $1 MONOPOLY X5, $2 MONOPOLY X10 and $10 MONOPOLY X50. In addition, two FAST PLAY games were introduced: $3 MONOPOLY Game Tokens and $20 MONOPOLY Properties.
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