Hyattsville Retiree ‘Mr. Scratch’ Plays Hunch, Wins $50,000

Prince George’s County man claims top prize on $50,000 Cash scratch-off

A retired U.S. Postal Service employee from Hyattsville had his own special delivery last week. He received a $50,000 top prize delivered by way of a lucky $50,000 Cash scratch-off.

The 70-year-old winner, who is calling himself “Mr. Scratch” for Lottery publicity, said he retired after spending nearly two decades transporting mail for the postal service. Now, he regularly visits area stores to buy his daily Pick 3 tickets and to try his luck with a few scratch-offs.

It was on one of these regular visits that he got an express delivery of Lottery luck. When one scratch-off won a small prize, “Mr. Scratch” purchased a few more instant tickets. He relied on a hunch to select which games to try. As he played a $50,000 Cash scratch-off, “Mr. Scratch” revealed the game’s $50,000 top prize.

“I thought to myself, ‘Is this real?’ Then, I waited for the store to clear before I double-checked,” said “Mr. Scratch.”

After confirming his good fortune, the Prince George’s County resident marked the occasion with a silent celebration before heading to the car to really let his excitement run free. The lucky player told Lottery officials that he plans to keep news of the win a secret and says the surprise windfall will go toward bills and savings.

He bought his winning $20 instant ticket at Hampton Liquor located at 9009 Central Avenue in Capitol Heights. For its role in selling a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off, Hampton Liquor will earn a $500 bonus from the Lottery.

The $50,000 Cash game, which went on sale in December, still offers players a chance to win 124 top prizes of $50,000 and thousands of others ranging from $20 to $5,000.