Essex Man Takes a Seat after $50,000 Scratch-off Win

Finds top prize on $5 Cash Money game

Was it the fact he bought the Cash Money scratch-off after work instead of before work that made a difference or was it just pure Lottery luck? The loyal Essex player doesn’t know but he’s sure happy he stopped at his favorite Lottery retailer that day. He won a $50,000 top prize!

The environmental services employee for a federal agency typically visits Beer Pump Wine & Spirits in Middle River on the way to work each morning to buy scratch-offs and coffee. “I buy four at a time every day,” he said, looking over at his wife in the Winner’s Circle. “She doesn’t know that, but I do.” The couple laughed together as he described his scratch-off routine.

For a reason that he cannot recall, the scratch-off fan stopped at his favorite Lottery retailer after work one day and bought four Cash Money games. The 52-year-old took the games home to play. His wife and daughter were leaving to run errands when he arrived. About five minutes later, the Baltimore County resident revealed a $50,000 top prize on one of the games and had to sit down on the steps in the hallway.

“He called and said, ‘I need you to come back,’” the wife recalled. She disliked not knowing why she was asked to change plans so her reply was, “What is it?” He insisted she simply return home and wouldn’t give a reason. “I didn’t want you to get nervous driving,” he confessed as they sat in the Lottery Winner’s Circle. She left her teenage daughter waiting in the car, came inside and found him sitting on the steps.

“I said, ‘You need to look at this,’” the husband recalled. “It finally happened.”

Once she found her glasses and realized he was correct about the scratch-off, the two celebrated. “We hugged for almost 20 minutes,” the husband said. He plans to invest some of the prize in the stock market and put the rest into savings.

This win was his first big prize, but the loyal player vows “it’s not the last!” He likes the $5 game for its price point and “locked onto it” when the game went on sale in December. The Cash Money game still has two more $50,000 top prizes, six $5,000 prizes and others ranging from $5 to $1,000.

Also a winner is his lucky Lottery retailer. Beer Pump Wine & Spirits at 3 Compass Road in Middle River receives a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.