Grocery Store Employee Bags $10,000 Scratch-off Prize

Harford County resident finds Lottery luck on Poker Showdown game

220-Poker-Showdown-ITVMA chain grocery store employee who has developed his own system for finding winning scratch-offs bagged a $10,000 prize on the Maryland Lottery’s Poker Showdown game.

The 49-year-old Bel Air resident, who buys games only from Lottery vending machines, has found luck purchasing the first or last scratch-off in the “roll,” or “book” of tickets or by playing numerous tickets from the same “roll” until he finds a winner. “Once I pop, I stop,” he said.

He prefers buying scratch-offs from vending machines to avoid alerting clerks and customers to his choice of game and whether Lottery luck is with him. Because of his private play style, no one at the Harford County Wawa where he bought his lucky ticket was aware of his $10,000 win.

The loyal player also favors $10 games. Until he won the $10,000 prize, he considered Poker Showdown his favorite $10 scratch-off. His winning streak with that game ended with the $10,000 win, which he didn’t realize until after he started scanning a batch of tickets to check for winners. He found his lucky win at the Wawa located at 204 Connolly Road in Fallston.

The happy player said he wasn’t sure how he’d won because he finds the game confusing, so he took the ticket to his uncle, who plays poker, to confirm the win.

“We went online and looked at the game and scratched the ticket all off,” he said. “We figured it was a Royal Flush.”

After claiming his prize at Lottery headquarters, the Harford County man planned to deposit his winnings into his bank account. He’ll use the prize money to continue playing scratch-offs in hopes of finding an even bigger prize next time.