Cecil County Scratch-off Fan Hits a $50,000 Home Run

Retiree claims Home Run Riches game top prize

“Lovey” of Rising Sun plays lots of Maryland Lottery instant ticket games but kept striking out when it came to top-prize wins. His luck changed when he bought a Home Run Riches scratch-off and scored a major league $50,000 win.

The retiree, who claimed the game’s top prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, said he was still in shock. “This amazing! I thought I won just $5,000 until I got my glasses out and realized it was $50,000. My wife couldn’t believe it.”

Both “Lovey” and his son, who accompanied him to claim the top prize, could not stop smiling. The happy dad bought his winning scratch-off at Martin’s #6425 located at 24 Rising Sun Town Center in Rising Sun.

“I usually play a few different tickets here and there but I often buy Home Run Riches tickets for my wife,” the winner said. “She likes to use them to try and win a second-chance prize.”

She is not alone! The $5 Home Run Riches game gives players the chance to win $50,000 instantly or smaller prizes of $10 and up. They can enter non-winning Home Run Riches scratch-offs into My Lottery Rewards for a chance to win $500 cash as a Contestant of the Game and $500 for each home run hit by an Orioles player in their designated game. The Lottery selects one contestant for each of the Orioles 162 regular season games. The next drawing is March 25.

Although he didn’t yet have a plan for how to spend his prize, “Lovey” thinks his wife might help him come up with one!

“Lovey” isn’t the only winner in this story. The Cecil County grocery store earns a $500 bonus for selling a top-prize instant ticket in the game.