Playing Maryland Lottery scratch-offs is unusual for lucky Steven Hall of Baltimore, whose impulse buy of the Dominoes game put a $30,000 prize in his pocket.
“I get tickets sort of on a whim,” said the 29-year-old, who cannot recall the last time he bought an instant ticket. “I never go out specifically to get one, it just pops in my head sometimes when I’m in a store that sells them.”
Such was the case last week while Steven shopped at Westport Liquor in Baltimore.
“It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, really, but when I was deciding which one to get I noticed a lady playing Dominoes,” said the sanitation worker. From what he could see, the woman wasn’t having any luck. “I figured if she’d just played two tickets with no wins, then maybe the next one would be a good one.”
That next Dominoes scratch-off wasn’t just a good one, it was a top-prize winner! “I was in shock. I never win anything,” said the city resident. “I just couldn’t believe my eyes.”
Steven kept his cool in the store and returned home. When he shared the news with his family, bedlam broke out. “At first they didn’t believe me,” he said. “But when I showed them the ticket, they went crazy.”
Dominoes is a $3 instant game that debuted in June with eight $30,000 top prizes. Steven’s big win is the second one claimed. Steven plans to safeguard his Dominoes winnings carefully, using his Lottery prize only for important reasons.
His lucky Lottery retailer also enjoyed a win. For selling the top-prize scratch-off in the game, Westport Liquor located at 2244 Annapolis Road in Baltimore city earns a $300 bonus from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.