Cardiac Echo Tech’s Heart Skips a Beat after $100,000 Scratch-off Win

D.C. resident bags Gold Hard Cash top prize

248 Gold Hard Cash ITVMA 53-year-old cardiac echo tech enjoyed a stroke of good luck when he scratched off a $100,000 top-prize win on the Maryland Lottery’s Gold Hard Cash game.

“When I play the Lottery, I play to win,” said the Washington, D.C. resident. “I set a fixed amount and play scratch-offs and Racetrax and then leave.”

This time, the lucky man left Penn Station Liquors in District Heights with a hefty prize in his pocket.  He stopped scratching off the $10 game after matching a “gold number” on the instant ticket. Seeing that, he quickly exited the Prince George’s County store. He knew the prize was sizable, but didn’t suspect his scratch-off carried the game’s top prize until he finished scratching it off at home.

The lucky man plans to share his prize with family members and put the bulk of it into retirement accounts. He’ll keep working, though. He has worked as a cardiac echo tech for a variety of District healthcare providers, examining the hearts of patients for over 35 years.

“I love what I do,” he explained. “I know what I do makes a difference in people’s lives.”

The winner also plans to get a fully equipped leather seat for his prized 2001 Toyota 4Runner. “It’s my baby. I’ve driven that thing so much I wore the seat out,” he said.

Sharing in the joy of his win is Penn Station Liquors located at 5634 Silver Hill Road in District Heights. The lucky store will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize ticket.