Baltimore City Employee’s Travels Lead to Lottery Hot Spot

Scratch-off purchase while getting air in truck tires yields $100,000 prize

A Maryland Lottery enthusiast who works for Baltimore City is always on the prowl for a big winner and he found one in late October, a scratch-off worth $100,000.

“I play the big money games: Multi-Match, Mega Millions, Powerball, Cash4Life – and the $30 scratch-offs,” he said. As he travels the city doing his job, he will stop to take a break or to attend to his truck. On one such stop at Royal Farms #092 at 1440 Key Highway, the 61-year-old bought a $30 $100,000 Lucky scratch-off. While outside the convenience store, waiting his turn to use the pump to put air in the tires of his city truck, the player scratched the prize check area of his game and scanned the ticket using a Lottery app on his smartphone.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!” he said, recounting a vision of more zeros than he had seen on any previous winning scratch-off. Excited, but still waiting in line for air, he could barely contain himself. He first thought of telling a nearby stranger, but decided against that. “When I calmed down, I called my pastor,” he said.

While claiming his prize on Oct. 29 at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, the player recounted his past winning experiences. He’s picked up as much as $1,100 to $1,200 playing Multi-Match, and wins in the $400 to $700 range often enough to keep it interesting. “Multi-Match has been good to me,” he said.

But not as good as that $100,000 winning scratch-off! With his prize, he anticipates helping out family members, giving to his church and possibly taking a vacation trip to the Caribbean.

He also plans to keep playing the Lottery in hopes of making a few more trips to claim big prizes. “I plan on being back three or four more times!” he said.

Also cashing in on the big win is Royal Farms #092. The Baltimore City business secures a bonus of $1,000, equal to 1 percent of the prize total, for selling a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.

The $100,000 Lucky game is packed with top prizes. The game went on sale in September and still has 60 $100,000 top prizes available.