College Student Follows Mom’s Lead, Wins Big [VIDEO]


Claims $30,000 Crack the Code Scratch-off Prize

Michael Woods visited Lottery Headquarters yesterday to collect a scratch-off prize he won the day before Thanksgiving.  The Laurel native, a once-in-a-while Lottery player, was home for the holiday and having lunch with his family when his good fortune found him.

“I really had no intention of playing,” he told officials.  “But my mom wanted a ticket, so I bought one, too.”  Michael, a senior at Salisbury University, found that he had $3 left after paying for his meal.  As he narrowed down which of the several $1 instant tickets he wanted to play, the attendant suggested that he instead try a $3 game, Crack the Code.

Michael scratched his ticket and immediately noticed that he had a match.  When he checked the corresponding dollar amount, he turned white as a ghost.  “I’d swear that my heart stopped when I saw it.”  He checked his ticket five times and then asked his family to look at it.  A final consult with the attendant confirmed what seemed impossible for any of them to believe – Michael had just won $30,000.

The only thing Michael plans to spend his winnings on right now is a new car.  His winning ticket was purchased from PI’s Deli at 1200 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel.  There’s one $30,000 top prize remaining for the Crack the Code game.

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“I really had no intention of playing,” he told officials.
“But my mom wanted a ticket, so I bought one, too.”