Frederick County Man Turns Birthday Cash into $50,000 Lottery Prize

Buys lucky instant ticket in Gaithersburg

His mom just couldn’t believe it, the Western Maryland resident said while sitting in the Maryland Lottery Winner’s Circle. She had tucked cash into his birthday card, which he used to buy a $20 $1 Million Royale scratch-off. Just like that, he was $50,000 richer.

The birthday cash inspired him to try his luck while he was at Shady Grove Beer & Wine in Gaithersburg. Rather than buy several lower-priced games, he picked the $20 instant ticket. “I thought I would go big,” he said.

Not only did this resident of a small town in Frederick County go big, he also won big!

Taking the scratch-off to his vehicle, he scanned it using his Lottery mobile app and was shocked when he saw he won $50,000. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. Phoning his wife, the player was met with disbelief. “She thought it was fake,” he said. “I took a screenshot and sent it to her.”

The happy winner plans to spend his prize on a new vehicle and to pay off his credit card, which financed an air-conditioning unit repair. He and his wife were without air conditioning for several weeks so this cool win provides welcome financial relief.

The Frederick County man won the fourth of seven $50,000 second-tier prizes in the game, which still has four $1 million top prizes remaining and 39 $10,000 third-tier prizes. The $1 Million Royale scratch-off went on sale in July 2023 and is still packed with lower-tier prizes of $20 to $5,000. Try your luck at the winner’s Montgomery County retailer, which is located at 15904 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg.