Michael Todd of Havre de Grace has truck shopping in mind after his $100,000 win.
Havre de Grace resident claims first $100,000 top prize on $100 Grand game
Nearly every work day, Michael Todd of Havre de Grace travels from his job at Goodyear to a nearby gas station to buy a beverage to go with his lunch plus some Maryland Lottery fun and games.
The father of one routinely picks up a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket and a scratch-off or two at Nottingham Shell in Baltimore, which is his favorite Lottery retailer. Not so routine was Michael’s reaction on Tuesday, when the player nicknamed “Boss” by the clerks revealed a $100,000 win on the Lottery’s new $100 Grand scratch-off.
As the shocked Harford County resident sped out of the store, his winning scratch-off in hand, a clerk stopped him. “He asked, ‘Want to play some more, Boss?’ and I said, ‘I have to go.’ Then, I went over and told him, ‘You sold me a $100,000 winner!’” Michael said.
The happy husband ate lunch and phoned his wife, who didn’t believe his Lottery luck. Her doubt nearly evaporated when he took a picture of the $10 instant ticket on his phone and sent it to her. At her urging, Michael returned to the Lottery retailer and scanned the ticket to make sure he was reading it correctly. Yes, indeed, he was $100,000 richer!
As the day went on, he grew more nervous about having the scratch-off in his pocket, Michael said. Eventually, he shared his great news with several co-workers and left an hour early. He hid the winning instant ticket in his dresser all night until he and his wife could claim the prize at Lottery headquarters Wednesday morning.
The 51-year-old plans to buy a new truck with his winnings, go on a nice vacation with his wife and help their daughter pay off a window renovation project.
Also celebrating the win is Nottingham Shell. The Lottery retailer located at 7533 Belair Road in Baltimore earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $100,000 top-prize scratch-off in the game.
Although Michael is the first to claim the $100,000 top prize in the $100 Grand game, another seven $100,000 prizes remain unclaimed, along with 12 $20,000 prizes, 26 $10,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000.