Firefighter Uses Challenge Coin to Uncover $50,000 Scratch-off Prize

Frederick County resident and firefighter Josh Loveless wins the top prize on a $50,000 Cash scratch-off.

Frederick County man takes top prize in $50,000 Cash scratch-off

Firefighter Josh Loveless of Middletown used a lucky challenge coin to reveal a top prize in the $50,000 Cash scratch-off. The happy winner told Lottery officials that he was home when he discovered his $50,000 prize in the $20 game.

“I told my girlfriend, ‘You better come here. I think I won $50,000!’ It was very exciting,” the Frederick County resident said when he arrived at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim his prize.

A Loudoun County firefighter in northern Virginia, Josh said the challenge coin was made for the Anne Arundel County Professional Firefighters Softball group. Some of the challenge coins collected by the 42-year-old pay tribute to different firefighters’ agencies and fallen firefighters.

“I like to use those challenge coins. They are bigger than average coins and are easier to scratch with,” he said.

According to our lucky winner, he will pay bills with his prize and help his parents afford trips to attend NASCAR races. When not working, Josh plays in a softball league and likes to spend time with his family. He is very grateful for the win.

“It was very emotional but it was nice to win,” he said.

Safeway #1559 in Middletown is also grateful for its role in his lucky scratch-off purchase. The Frederick County retailer at 815 East Main Street will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.

The $50,000 Cash game went on sale Dec. 29. The game started with 160 top prizes of $50,000 and 139 prizes remain unclaimed. There are still 147 $5,000 prizes remaining, along with other prizes ranging from $20 to $500.