Essex Man Wins Hot 7s Tripler Top Prize Inside Air-Conditioned Car

“Autowin” symbol on tickets results in $50K

Shopping at a grocery store turned into a hot adventure for an Essex man as he won $50,000 on Hot 7s Tripler scratch-off.

He explained that after he purchased the ticket at the Essex Shoppers #2286 at 1200 Eastern Avenue, he quickly got into his car, turned up the air-conditioning and scratched off his ticket.

“I saw I had the “autowin” symbol so I knew I had at least won my money back. Then I scratched underneath and I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said the Baltimore County resident, realizing he had won $50,000.

Next, he went to another Lottery retailer to scan his ticket.

“When I got home, I had to tell my wife to sit down,” he said with a smile.

The retired railroad worker said he and his wife live in a house built in the 1920s and they plan to use the money on house renovations to update the flooring and to replace outdated windows.

The Shoppers in Essex will receive a $500 bonus for selling the ticket.

The Hot7s Tripler is a member of a family of “Hot” games that went on sale in May. This is the second $50,000 winner on the $5 game but six top prizes are unclaimed, along with six $5,000 prizes and others ranging from $5 to $1,000. Other scratch-offs in the “Hot” family of games are the $1 Hot 7s, $2 Hot 7s Doubler, $3 Red Hot Cash, $10 Hot 7s Multiplier and a $20 Hot 777 scratch-off that went on sale in April.