Big Win Turns Gaithersburg Man Into Millionaire

A Gaithersburg painter, who nicknamed himself “Millionaire Charly” after his pet, won a $1 million top prize on the Win Big scratch-off!

Painter claims top prize on Win Big scratch-off ticket

Last Thursday, a Montgomery County man decided to try his luck on a Maryland Lottery $20 scratch-off, Win Big. He had no idea his life was about to change.

The 54-year-old painter bought the ticket at E&C Mid Atlantic, located at 20510 Frederick Road in Germantown, and started scratching it when he returned home from the store. After revealing a $1 million win, he showed the ticket to his wife. They were both in disbelief.

“Once we realized it was really a $1 million win, we started going crazy,” said the winner’s wife, a nursing home employee.

The winner and his wife quickly shared the news with their three children, who were just as excited as their parents. At this point, the winner and his wife, who dubbed themselves “Millionaire Charly” after the family pet, have not decided what they are going to do with their prize.

E&C Mid Atlantic is a winner as well. The retailer will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the top-prize-winning ticket. Win Big launched in November, and five of its $1 million top prizes remain unclaimed, along with 12 $50,000 prizes, 48 $10,000 prizes and thousands of additional prizes ranging from $20 to $5,000.