Hyattsville Man Wins Big Twice During His Birthday Month

Takes home $25,696, $100,000 prizes on Racetrax and 50 Years! scratch-off

A Prince George’s County resident is celebrating his birthday big time this month after winning two huge Maryland Lottery prizes. The lucky player, who prefers to remain anonymous, has big plans, too, for his newfound wealth.

The 63-year-old first visited Lottery headquarters last week when he won playing the virtual horse-racing game, Racetrax. He took home a cool $25,696. However, Lady Luck was not through with the Hyattsville man, because he was back in Baltimore this week claiming a $100,000 prize won on the 50 Years! scratch-off that went on sale in connection with the Lottery’s 50th year anniversary.

The winner fondly recalls the day he won $100,000. “I was doing what I do every day,” said the retired carpenter. “I take a morning stroll to the store, and there I play Racetrax, Keno and scratch-off games.”

His daily routine takes him to Shell Food Mart, located at 7430 Riggs Road in Adelphi, to enjoy his Lottery play. On the day of his big win, he chose the new 50 Years! scratch-off just as the cashier was opening a new pack of the game’s scratch-offs. He bought the first instant ticket, which was a $75 winner, and decided to buy one more of the $50 scratch-offs. That prize was $100,000!

“I scanned it and saw all those zeros,” the happy man said. “I just couldn’t believe it, so I handed it to the cashier who double-checked it for me.”

After his win was confirmed, the player quietly exited the store and walked back home. Once there, the lucky player shared the great news with his wife.

The father and grandfather visited Lottery headquarters with his wife to claim the $100,000 prize. He has big plans for his prize. The loyal player plans to visit his native country, the Dominican Republic, pay off a car loan and share some of the winnings with his wife.

The 50 Years! instant ticket went on sale Feb 20 with nine $100,000 second-tier prizes. The winner claimed the second one. There are also two $5 million top prizes left along with five $50,000 prizes and over 1.1 million prizes ranging from $50 to $10,000.