Grocery Store Ritual Pays Off for Sykesville Dad

Wins $50,000 top prize on Green Doubler scratch-off 

263-Green-Doubler-ITVMA Carroll County man’s grocery shopping ritual just gave him a $50,000 Maryland Lottery scratch-off win, cementing a spot on his shopping list for Lottery games for the rest of his days.

His list usually includes milk as well as fruit, bread and vegetables. Right there at the bottom of the list are scratch-offs, so the family man remembers to buy a few games as he passes a Lottery vending machine at the exit door of Martin’s in Eldersburg.

“I may forget one thing or another on there, but never the tickets,” joked the 48-year-old husband and father. He was shopping with his daughter on Saturday when a lucky Green Doubler ticket found its way into their shopping cart. “We picked out several $5 games and took them home,” he said. “It was my wife who ended up scratching the big one.”

The family was gathered around the kitchen table that evening when all conversation suddenly stopped. “My wife told us that she thought she had a winner,” he said. Walking around the table to take a look, the long-time inspector of fire safety equipment asked her the size of the prize. “When she didn’t answer right away and had this dazed look on her face, my heart really started beating,” he said.

They both examined the scratch-off, looking back and forth from it to each other in shock. “We must have read through the rules 10 times, refusing to believe that we’d won $50,000,” he said. “Even right now, I don’t 100 percent believe it.”

The Sykesville couple spent Sunday celebrating their big win and discussing how to fit the prize into their lives. “We had lots of vacation talk, which was great fun, but we both still had doubts,” he said. “It sort of felt like we were counting our chickens before they hatched.” Vacation plans are in place now that they claimed the prize and the bulk of their Green Doubler cash will go into the bank.

For selling the top-prize scratch-off in the game, Martin’s #6307 located at 1320 Londontown Boulevard will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery. The Green Doubler game still has four $50,000 top prizes available and nine unclaimed $5,000 winning tickets.