Prince George’s County retailer sells first $50,000-winning Home Run Riches ticket
A Washington, D.C., resident who plays Lottery games several times a week finally landed the big prize he’s been waiting for. After having won small amounts in the past, he became the first winner of a $50,000 top prize on the recently launched Home Run Riches scratch-off ticket.
“It’s about time,” the 54-year-old said as he claimed his prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore.
After finishing a recent work day, he visited Hi’s Convenience Store, located at 8304 Dangerfield Road in Clinton, and decided to try the Maryland Lottery’s 2016 baseball-themed ticket. He bought five of the $5 Home Run Riches scratch-offs, and the very first one he played was the big winner. He was so excited he said that he didn’t bother to look at the remaining tickets until a few days later, though he didn’t win anything on the other four he purchased.
The lucky D.C. resident has shared the good news with some of the people closest to him, including his three sisters and his girlfriend. He hasn’t yet told his two children, but said he plans to treat them with some gifts and a trip to Disney World. He also plans to buy a new car.
The Prince George’s County retailer is also a winner. For selling the top-prize-winning scratch-off ticket, Hi’s Convenience Store will receive a $500 bonus from the Maryland Lottery.
The Home Run Riches ticket launched on March 21, and still has four remaining $50,000 top prizes available, along with 15 $5,000 prizes and thousands of other prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000.
Non-winning Home Run Riches tickets can be entered in the Maryland Lottery’s Contestant of the Game second-chance contest. The Lottery will select a Contestant of the Game for all 162 Baltimore Orioles regular season games in 2016. Each Contestant of the Game will receive $500 for being drawn, and an additional $500 for each home run hit by an Orioles’ player in that game.