Grateful Son Sharing $100,000 Scratch-off Prize with His Hero

“Maximum ‘5’ ” plans to pay it forward and buy his hero (thanks, mom!) a new car with his $100,000 scratch-off win.

A Gaithersburg man who dubbed himself “Maximum ‘5’ ” after a $100,000 top-prize scratch-off win came his way plans to share his prize with his mom – who is his hero – and his family.

The Montgomery County player crossed paths with Lottery luck after stopping at a Sunoco in Germantown. He bought a Maximum Money scratch-off and followed his routine, scratching the numbers first on the $10 game. Next, he checked to see if any numbers matched and scratched off the amount under matching numbers to add up his prize. The last row of numbers on his instant ticket had one match but that was plenty.

“I was shocked to see $100,000 under the number 39 on my scratch off!” he said.

The happy 35-year-old immediately visited his mother to share the news. “Mom, I won! I won!” he shouted with excitement. When mother and son arrived at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the prize, they still could not believe the size of his lucky win.

“Maximum ‘5’ ” plans to share his winnings with him mom and his family. “I will buy my mom – my hero – a new car,” he said. “She works so hard, she deserves it and so much more.”

The lucky retailer also is a winner. The Middlebrook Sunoco located at 11606 Middlebrook Road in Germantown will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize scratch-off in the game. Plenty of prizes remain for players who choose this game. There are eight $100,000 top prizes, 31 $10,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000.