Goodbye Tension, Hello $30,000 Scratch-off Prize

Retired Comcast employee wins top prize on Crossword game 

When one retires, there’s a saying of “Goodbye tension, hello pension!” A lucky Maryland Lottery scratch-off player can add the words “and $30,000 Lottery prize” to that statement after finding a $30,000 win on the Crossword scratch-off.

“I thought I was dreaming,” said the Silver Spring resident. “Everything has been surreal up to the time I was in the (Lottery) claims center and writing my information down.”

The Montgomery County man woke up Friday morning with the feeling that he should buy scratch-offs. Because he lives so close to the Washington, D.C. and Maryland line, the Comcast retiree plays both D.C. and Maryland Lottery games. He decided to play scratch-offs in Maryland on the Friday he found his lucky instant ticket. Nicknamed “Sparky,” the loyal player went to his local 7-Eleven and bought a series of jackpot and scratch-off games.

The 65-year-old bought tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3, Pick 4 and five Crossword instant tickets. While “Sparky” likes to play all types of Maryland Lottery scratch-offs, he reports being drawn to crossword instant tickets because he’s enjoyed some lucky wins in the past.

“Sparky” resisted the urge to scratch off his five Crossword instant tickets immediately and went on his way, finishing the rest of the day’s errands. When he finally got home, “Sparky” watched a few episodes of a favorite show on Netflix until he remembered the scratch-offs. He got right to work and, sure enough, discovered 10 words on one of the instant tickets to win the $30,000 top prize!

The happy player plans to use the windfall for future endeavors and said he can enjoy the “pension and no more tension.”

His lucky retailer, 7-Eleven #32389, shares in the fun! The Silver Spring store located at 7980 Georgia Avenue earns a $300 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize scratch-off in the $3 game. Crossword lovers can still find several big prizes on this game, which has seven more $30,000 top prizes and thousands of others ranging from $3 to $5,000.