Business Trip Pays Off with $50,000 Lottery Dividend

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A Pay Me scratch-off did just that for the “Puppet Master” from North Carolina.

A North Carolina man’s memories of his recent business trip to Maryland will include a $50,000 surprise rather than just a big low, thanks to the Maryland Lottery. He was hospitalized briefly while on his trip but took home Lottery scratch-offs that included a top-prize winner.

The lucky man bought a $5 Pay Me scratch off and it did just that!

“When I arrived back in North Carolina, I began to scratch off the ticket,” said the winner, who dubbed himself “Puppet Master.” “The very first square I revealed was an instant winner of $50,000! God sent me this $50K for a reason, and that reason is to get healthy.”

The 41-year-old will use his prize to invest in a new business. The North Carolina native said he will continue visiting Maryland for business and pleasure because he enjoys trying his luck at the slots and playing poker at Maryland Live Casino.

He found his Lottery luck at Arundel Mills Exxon located at 7043 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. For selling a top-prize winning ticket in the Pay Me game, the lucky retailer will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery – equal to 1 percent of the prize.