Cascade of Small Wins Culminates in $100,000 Lottery Prize

Show Me $100,000! scratch-off top prize ‘came at the right time’

An Ellicott City couple claimed a $100,000 Maryland Lottery scratch-off prize on June 10, more than a quarter of a century after they scored a big prize on a Lottery draw game.

“It’s been a long time coming!” the husband said of the span between the two big wins. In the interim, he has continued to play, mainly Bonus Match 5 and Pick 3, hitting for relatively small prizes from time to time.

A recent small win gave the loyal player enough money to buy a $5 scratch-off, which returned another $20 prize. With that $20, he bought two $10 instant tickets in the game Show Me $100,000! and got lucky on both. The first game he scratched generated a $20 prize. The second one carried the first of seven $100,000 prizes in the game.

“It came at the right time,” said the 78-year-old husband. “Those bills come in!” Although pleased to have the extra cash on hand, the pair say they have no special celebration plans and don’t anticipate any spending sprees.

Also benefiting from the win is the Waterloo Shell at 5651 Waterloo Road in Ellicott City. The Lottery awards the Howard County retailer a bonus of $1,000, equal to 1% of the prize, for selling a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.

The Show Me family of scratch-off games – $1, $2, $5 and $10 instant tickets – went on sale May 23 while the $20 scratch-off arrived in stores on April 18. Players can choose from a $1 Show Me $1,000! game, a $2 Show Me $10,000! game, a $5 Show Me $50,000! scratch-off, $10 Show Me $100,000! and a $20 Show Me $1,000,000! instant ticket.