“Three-Time Champ” of Salisbury became the first progressive top prize winner on the new FAST PLAY game Lucky Numbers. She won $117,626!
Winner of two previous big prizes hits Lucky Numbers for $117,626
A Maryland Lottery fan who is quick to notice changes saw something new on Feb. 12 while she was running errands: the FAST PLAY instant games, which made their debut just two days earlier.
The Eastern Shore woman zipped over to the terminal at 7-Eleven #23767 in Salisbury and asked for the $10 FAST PLAY game called Lucky Numbers. It starts with a $100,000 top prize that increases each time someone in Maryland plays. The 27-year-old asked for a ticket, which has the look of a scratch-off game with all of the scratching already done. That ticket wasn’t a winner, so the top prize — already over $110,000 — bumped up a bit. She got another ticket with the same result. No prize but the game’s top prize inched up again.
“I said, ‘One more time,’ ” the mom of three recalled as she sat in the Lottery Winner’s Circle after claiming her prize. She bought the third Lucky Numbers ticket and, just that fast, she was richer by $117,626. Just as quickly, the top prize reset to $100,000 and began climbing again.
The Hebron woman is not new to big Maryland Lottery prizes. She and her husband collected $250,000 last year on the $250,000 Rich scratch-off and, in 2017, had a $100,000 payday on the $100,000 Super Triple 10 instant ticket. In acknowledgement of her good fortune, the lucky player chose the name “Three-Time Champ” to promote her FAST PLAY Lucky Numbers prize.
She is the first top prize winner of the game, which went on sale with 40 progressive top prizes. Each top prize starts at $100,000 and increases each time a non-winning ticket is generated. The win by “Three-Time Champ” left 39 top prizes on the game, with the next one having increased to more than $104,000 within a few hours of the first win.
As luck would have it, “Three-Time Champ” and her husband were claiming their big prize at the same time as another winner from the Salisbury area. That player won $1,000 a day for life on the Cash4Life jackpot game.
Although the Lucky Numbers win came quickly, the couple has no plans to spend the money fast. Instead, the prize will go into savings.
Lucky Numbers is one of five FAST PLAY games that went on sale statewide on Feb. 10. FAST PLAY is a new Lottery product with games that print out on Lottery terminals and self-service vending machines but play like scratch-offs. Also in the lineup are the $1 Piggy Bank Bucks, $2 Cherry Twist, $3 Treasure Chase and $5 Hit $250 games.
The lucky Wicomico County retailer that sold the winning FAST PLAY Lucky Numbers ticket also has a reason to celebrate. The 7-Eleven store at 516 Spring Hill Road earns a $1,000 bonus for selling the top-prize winning ticket in the game.