Eastern Shore Man Scores $5 Million Prize on 50 Years! Scratch-off

Troy Deneau and his wife Rachel of Dorchester County are all smiles after he won the second of three $5 million top prizes on the 50 Years! scratch-off.

Two of three $5 million top prizes now claimed in $50 game

Congratulations to Troy Deneau of Dorchester County, who discovered the second $5 million top-prize winning scratch-off in the 50 Years! game. Troy stopped by Lottery headquarters with his wife Rachel today to claim his big prize.

“We are very grateful for this win,” said the Eastern Shore man.

The 50 Years! game, which arrived in stores with three $5 million top prizes on Feb. 20, 2023, was part of the Maryland Lottery’s 50th anniversary celebration. The first top-prize winner hailed from New Carrollton. A super fan of the $50 scratch-off, Troy said it is the only Lottery game he currently plays. He’s been on a hot streak, too, winning $100, $200 and $10,000 on different 50 Years! instant tickets.

The loyal player caught the big prize when he visited Dash In at 7201 Main Street in Worcester County last Thursday. He purchased three 50 Years! instant tickets that day. Troy won $75 on the first scratch-off, had no luck on the second instant ticket and found the game’s second $5 million top prize on the third scratch-off.

“I am now set for retirement,” Troy said with a big smile.

The 56-year-old is a small business owner, operating a fire-protection company along the Eastern Shore in Maryland and Delaware. He worked for the company for decades before transitioning to ownership eight years ago.

Although he was thinking about retiring after his win, Troy said he decided to stay with his company. “At first, I said ‘I’m done,’ but we have been too dedicated to this company for 30 years to walk away,” he explained.

The Dash In that sold Troy the lucky scratch-off is located between Salisbury and Ocean City in Willards. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the $5 million top-prize winning scratch-off.

Other large prizes are still unclaimed in the 50 Years! game. In addition to the one remaining $5 million top prize, the game has one unclaimed $100,000 prize, two $50,000 prizes, 18 $10,000 prizes and others ranging from $50 to $1,000.