A happy Hyattsville “Color Analyst” is celebrating his $50,000 top-prize scratch-off win.
Hyattsville resident wins top-prize on Triple Green Crossword game
A Hyattsville man who has spent two dozen years analyzing and mixing paint for a national company’s retail outlets and commercial operation is seeing lots and lots of green, courtesy of his brush with Maryland Lottery luck.
The self-dubbed “Color Analyst” is celebrating his win of $50,000 on a Triple Green Crossword scratch-off.
The 61-year-old loves playing the Lottery’s bingo and crossword games. He regularly picks up a few tickets to play after work or on weekends and visits several favorite retailers. On the day Lottery luck came his way, the Prince George’s County resident was at Riggs Road Mart in Hyattsville.
The grandfather of two spotted the Triple Green Crossword game, which is one of his favorites, and bought that $5 instant ticket along with two $5 bingo scratch-offs and two $10 bingo scratch-offs. He went home to cook dinner for his girlfriend and then the two of them settled in to watch TV. That’s when he started scratching off his tickets.
“I’ve won $500 here and there,” he said, “and $1,000 twice about three months apart.” Winning is not new to him but winning a prize this large generated a lot of excitement.
“I was like, ‘Whoa,’ when I saw six words and then I found a seventh word and then eight words, which was $1,000.”
Revealing the final two words meant he won $50,000 and he started jumping up and down, shouting with joy.
The father of two plans to use some of his prize money to pay off bills. He also plans to share some funds with his daughter, who lives in his native country in the Caribbean and is planning an addition for her mother’s house. That home renovation project will benefit from his prize, he said.
Also a winner is the retailer, located at 5851 Riggs Road. The Hyattsville store will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize scratch-off in the Triple Green Crossword game.