Boonsboro Horse Trainer Celebrates in Lottery Winner’s Circle

A $100,000 top-prize scratch-off win left this Washington County man speechless.

Claims $100,000 top prize scratching Gold X50 game

A nationally known Washington County horse trainer referred to by many as a “horse whisperer” can add Lottery scratch-off expert to his impressive resume. His spur-of-the-moment decision to play the Lottery’s Gold X50 instant ticket while at dinner with his wife earlier this month is likely all the evidence needed. The $100,000 prize the $10 scratch-off produced will satisfy any doubters.

“I like the game, especially the way the prize multiplier works,” said the Boonsboro resident. “But, I usually play the $5 version.” Gold X50 is one of four members of a family of Multiplier games. As the ticket price of each Gold Multiplier game climbs from $1 to $2 to $5 to $10, so do the cash prizes. “I was reaching for the $5 Gold X20 ticket when for some reason I decided to get the $10 game.”

After scratching off his impulsive purchase, the first words out of his mouth were, “Honey, you better take a look at this.” Utterly stunned, the 78-year-old then fell speechless. “My wife confirmed that I wasn’t seeing things, and we agreed to keep it quiet there in the dining area.  Turns out that I wasn’t too successful.” He said the mood in the AC&T #170 store in Boonsboro became quite festive.

The winner chose “The Eagle has Landed” as his nickname to tell his winning story and to adorn his ceremonial check.  He plans to make paying off family bills the first priority for his $100,000 prize.

The Gold X50 game debuted in January with 10 $100,000 top prizes.  Three remain, along with three of the game’s $50,000 second-tier prizes. The Gold Multiplier second-chance promotion still has chances for players to win big. Upcoming entry deadlines for the chance to win $50,000 are April 24, May 22 and June 19.

“The Eagle has Landed” landed the big win at AC&T #170 at 719 North Main Street in Boonsboro. Management there will receive a $1,000 bonus for selling a top-prize winning instant ticket of $100,000.