Delaware Farmer Finds Lottery Fortune Growing in Maryland

Wins $50,000 scratching $1,000,000 Blowout game

His visits to family members living in Maryland frequently brings a Delaware man across the border, he told Maryland Lottery officials this week. A trip back to his hometown to see relatives makes for a nice change for the Greenwood farmer, who devotes his days to the hard work of raising chickens. Winning a $50,000 scratch-off prize from the Maryland Lottery made his most recent homecoming even better.

“I play in Delaware and have had some wins, but nothing like this,” said the 30-year-old. The loyal player reports that he always makes time to buy a few instant tickets on his Maryland excursions. Last week’s stop at Happy Market in Cambridge found him, for reasons he can’t explain, stepping away from his regular Lottery play pattern.

“I always buy $5 tickets, maybe a $10 one once in a while. I don’t know why, but it just felt like time to try a $20 game. $1,000,000 Blowout was the first one I saw.”

Scratching his “out of the blue” choice, the lucky man at first thought he won $1,000. Looking again, the player decided his prize was $10,000.

“I must have looked at it five times before I realized that every single box on the ticket was a winner. That’s not supposed to happen!” Asking the store cashier to check his prize, the player could read the shock on her face. “It’s not every day you see a $50,000 scratch ticket, for her or for me.”

A home remodeling project is first on the agenda for happy player. He also plans to continue to stop for a Maryland Lottery instant ticket whenever he crosses the border.

“I don’t expect anything like this to happen again, but who knows? I didn’t expect this!”

Happy Market at 222 Washington Street in Cambridge is one lucky store and like others around the state, has plenty of the $1,000,000 Blowout games ready for purchase. The $20 scratch-off is packed with prizes, including four $1 million top prizes as well as eight more $50,000 winners and 34 $10,000 prizes.