Grocery Shopper Bags $50,000 Lottery Scratch-off Prize

Annapolis man wins big with Fantasy 5s game

246-Fantasy-5s-ITVM_P1-blueAn Annapolis resident who was shopping at Pantry 1 Food Mart & Deli in Annapolis bagged a much better deal than a two-for-one special when he spent $5 on a Fantasy 5s scratch-off ticket. He won a $50,000 top prize in the Maryland Lottery game!

The Anne Arundel County man just started playing Lottery games two months ago and frequently tries his luck at the Lottery retailer. After he bought the scratch-off, he didn’t realize he had a winning ticket until the store clerk, who knows him by name, gave him the good news.

“He was really, really, really, really excited,” said the winner’s friend, who accompanied the 65-year-old loyal player and his wife to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore and translated for them. “He never knew he could win this much money.”

With a big smile, the winner said he told the clerk, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” She told him “Make sure you go get the money.” That’s just what he did!

The Annapolis restaurant employee and his wife plan to spend the prize making much-needed home improvements. The game still has three more $50,000 top prizes along with eight $5,000 winners and more than 400,000 other prizes ranging from $5 to $1,000.

The lucky retailer also benefits from the big win. For selling the top-prize ticket in the Fantasy 5s game, Pantry 1 Food Mart & Deli located at 1090 Spa Road in Annapolis will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery.