Baltimore County Man ‘Plays The Feud,’ Wins $50,000

Claims top prize on $5 FAMILY FEUD® scratch-off       

A Parkville player who landed a $50,000 prize by following his scratch-off routine shared the steps leading to his big win with Lottery officials. He takes a break from his work in the healthcare equipment business to play scratch-offs twice a week. That’s when he cashes in his winning games and picks out a few scratch-offs.

He always plays scratch-offs, said the 59-year-old, and, if the retailer carries them, he always buys the $5 FAMILY FEUD® instant tickets.

“They’re my absolute favorite,” the Baltimore County resident said, and that was even before the game delivered its $50,000 top prize!

“I was sitting in my truck outside Cranbrook Liquors in Cockeysville when I scratched it,” the winner said. “I really believe I’m going to win every time, you know, because I’ve been so darn lucky with the (FAMILY) FEUD tickets.” What happened next exceeded even his most optimistic expectation. “I was shocked, could not believe what I was seeing.”

The happy player immediately called his wife to share the $50,000 worth of good news. In direct defiance of his lucky game’s name, the couple shared a joy-filled celebration over the phone.  “She was sure that I was kidding until I sent her a picture of the ticket. Then, she went crazy!”

His $50,000 top-prize win is the fifth of 10 that the game began offering to players when it debuted in April. The popular instant ticket has four unclaimed $5,000 second-tier winners in circulation, as well.

The lucky player plans to use the winnings to build the couple’s savings and said they will enjoy a vacation or two. Also in the money is the management of Cranbrook Liquors at 52 Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville. The Baltimore County business receives a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off.