Harford County resident buys $100,000 winner at Belcamp retailer
A Harford County man who was on a lunch run on Christmas Eve came home with a $100,000 prize on the Winter Tripler scratch-off ticket.
The 48-year-old avid Lottery player stopped for lunch at All In One, located at 1327 Policy Drive in Belcamp, but decided to pick up some scratch-offs first. While he typically buys $5 instant games, he decided instead to purchase two $10 Winter Tripler tickets and some other Lottery games.
“It’s unusual for me to play $10 scratch-off games,” the lucky winner said. “But I had a few extra dollars, so I went ahead and got them.”
When the warehouse manager played his games, it was the second of his Winter Tripler tickets that delivered the $100,000 win.
The astonished player had the cashier double check the ticket, but it was clear it was a $100,000 winner. The single father of a teenage son was so excited he forgot all about lunch and went straight home to share the news with his family.
“The first person I called was my sister,” he said. “I told her, ‘You won’t believe what just happened to me.’”
His sister, who accompanied him to Lottery headquarters to claim the prize, said that when she first received his call, she immediately thought the worst.
“His voice was quivering and I thought he had been in car accident,” she said. “I was so happy to hear that he won $100,000, he so deserves it.”
After celebrating Christmas with his family and spending a few restless nights with his winning ticket under his pillow, he finally was able to claim his prize on Dec. 27 with his sister by his side. “He was too nervous to drive, so I was glad to give him a ride,” she said.
The lucky player said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, but added that he might take a vacation with his son. The retailer is a winner as well. For selling the top-prize-winning scratch-off, the All In One store in Belcamp will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery.
The Winter Tripler ticket was launched in October, and one of its $100,000 top prizes remains unclaimed, along with thousands of additional prizes ranging from $10 to $3,000.