Instant ticket purchased in Brooklyn Park yields six-digit prize
A longtime Maryland Lottery player whose remodeling business has him working on both shores of the Chesapeake Bay felt his knees buckle when he won $100,000 playing the $100,000 Lucky scratch-off game.
“I play a lot and they know me,” he said in setting up his story about winning. The Queen Anne’s County resident is a regular customer at the Sunoco gas station at 5731 Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park, so it wasn’t unusual that he was in line there recently.
“I was talking to the owner, Ali, and I watched the guy before me buy four non-winners,” the Bay Bridge frequent flyer recalled after claiming his top prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. He purchased instant tickets for the $30 game and won $200 when he scratched the first one. Then, he scratched the prize check area on the second game and scanned it.
“My knees buckled. I looked at the guy who sold it to me and said, ‘Come here!’”
The 50-year-old showed the message, which declared the scratch-off a $100,000 winner, to the clerk. Both were in disbelief, so the winner scanned the scratch-off again. Sure enough, he won a prize substantially bigger than his previous record of $5,000.
The Eastern Shore resident said he plans to save his winnings, square up a few financial loose ends and possibly take a family vacation that was postponed.
Sharing in the good times is the Brooklyn Park Sunoco, which picks up a bonus of $1,000, equal to 1% of the prize, from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off of $100,000.