Brothers to Split $100,000 Top Prize on $100,000 Crossword Game

The family-oriented Vallecillo Serrano brothers of Virginia plan to split the $100,000 top prize won by one brother.

Winner hails from Virginia, works in Maryland

Jesus Vallecillo Serrano of Herndon, Va. and his brother Orlando Vallecillo Serrano are family orientated. They live together and believe in looking out for each other.

When Jesus, 49, won the third of eight $100,000 top prizes on the $100,000 Crossword Sixth Edition game, he decided to share his prize with Orlando.

“It is a 50-50 split,” Jesus told Maryland Lottery officials when he arrived with his 51-year-old brother at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. Orlando explained there is always a split but admitted he may have gotten the better end of the deal this time.

“I won some money on scratch-offs before, somewhere around $50 to $100 and still split it with him before but he won a whole lot more,” Orlando said laughing.

Jesus found his lucky instant ticket while working in Maryland with a construction company. He plays Maryland Lottery games when he is in the state.

The avid player said he likes the challenge and excitement of the $100,000 Crossword game. He understands that many Lottery players prefer the instant gratification of scanning instant tickets, but he enjoys the anticipation and uses a penny to scratch-off his instant tickets.

“I like to take my time and enjoy playing the game. There is no rush.”

The brothers are undecided on how they will spend the $100,000 prize. Some of the money will go toward bills and they might place a down payment on a house.

The lucky Lottery retailer that sold the winning scratch-off was 7-Eleven #29997 at 3570 Crain Highway in Bowie. The Prince George’s County business will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the instant ticket.