Hold ‘Em Poker Scratch-off Deals a Winning Hand to Disabled Vet

Claims $100,000 top prize on Maryland Lottery instant ticket

157-Hold-Em-Poker-ITVM_P1-redA 65-year-old disabled U.S. Army vet was shocked when he saw his Maryland Lottery Hold ‘Em Poker scratch-off dealt him a winning hand.

Winning the $100,000 top prize on the $5 ticket is a godsend, said the veteran, who served 25 years in the U.S. Army. An injury led to mobility issues and he reports experiencing a decade of financial struggles.

“I’m glad I scratched it at home and not back in the store,” the Reisterstown resident said. “When I saw what I had won, I used some words that are not quite suitable for public!”

The happy Baltimore County winner has played Lottery games off and on for most of his adult life. He recently became a fan of instant tickets. “I enjoy poker so I look for those games when I’m in the mood to play,” he said.

The father of two plans to be frugal with his winnings. “I’ve never had this kind of money in my entire life,” he said. After taking a nice vacation, he plans to put almost all of the prize into the bank.

His lucky Hold ‘Em Poker ticket came courtesy of Reisterstown Wine & Spirits at 11933 Reisterstown Road. The popular game still has two $100,000 top prize winning tickets in stores. For selling the top-tier ticket, the store will receive a $1,000 bonus.