Iraq War Veteran Sets Sail with Instant Cruise Vacation Prize

Wins Seven-Day Cruise Vacation Playing Cruise for Cash Scratch-Off

Robert Rodeheaver - Cruise For CashRobert Rodeheaver and his father both love Lottery scratch-offs. “When I visit him, I’ll bring him a couple of tickets to scratch and when he visits, he picks up a couple for me,” said Rodeheaver, a former Oakland resident who currently lives in Parkersburg, WV. Robert and his father are now sharing excitement, when a scratch-off ticket Robert received from his father revealed a Cruise for Cash “Instant Cruise Vacation.”

Rodeheaver, a U.S. Army Iraq war veteran, has been all over the world, but has never been on a cruise. He and his wife Jo’Lon are looking forward to walking the gangplank and setting off on a Royal Caribbean cruise this June. “This will be the first good vacation since I returned from Iraq in 2004,” said the father-of-four. Rodeheaver, who is a Field Examiner with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, said his wife is very excited. “She has never been out of the United States and has never been on a plane. She’s been researching all of the possible destinations,” he said. The winning ticket was purchased at the Midway Discount Beverages on Weber Road in Oakland, Maryland.

Partnering with Royal Carribean International, the Maryland Lottery launched Cruise for Cash on January 10, 2011. The $5 scratch-off is the first of its kind for the Maryland Lottery and features seven $50,000 instant top prizes, as well as 31 instant seven-night cruise vacations for two, departing from Florida with a premium ocean view balcony stateroom; first class round-trip airfare- for-two to Florida; deluxe premium hotel accommodations for two for the night prior to cruise departure, $1,000 onboard credit and $500 spending money.

Cruise for Cash also features a second-chance contest with six more chances to win a nine-night cruise vacation for two, departing from the Port of Baltimore. Second-chance cruise prizes include a premium ocean view balcony stateroom on any one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships departing from the Port of Baltimore and a $1,000 onboard credit. Players enter the second-chance contest by mailing in a non-winning Cruise for Cash scratch-off to the address on the back of the ticket or by going online at Players who enter online MUST keep their original Cruise for Cash ticket to present for validation.