“John Doe” of Cockeysville is rolling in the dough after a $100,000 Crossword top-prize win.
Cockeysville man claims $100,000 top prize on $100,000 Crossword game
(Baltimore) – Excited over what he thought was a $1,000 scratch-off win, “John Doe” of Cockeysville phoned his brother to deliver news of his “big” Maryland Lottery prize. Imagine his amazement when the retiree realized – while on the phone – that he’d missed two words on one of the game’s three puzzles and had actually won a $100,000 top prize in the $100,000 Crossword game!
“He woke me up when he called,” said his brother, who accompanied the lucky player into the Winner’s Circle at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “I was groggy and then I was shocked.”
“John Doe,” as the winner dubbed himself, said he loves playing crossword scratch-offs. The $10 game called $100,000 Crossword caught his eye when he visited Wawa #8506 in Cockeysville.
“I didn’t really know the amount I’d won,” he said, “and I kept spelling words (on the game). I said to myself, ‘I can’t believe this!’”
The retired maintenance worker asked a Wawa clerk to verify his big win, which he did, and then the lucky winner took his instant ticket home. The 61-year-old great-uncle wanted to stash the scratch-off somewhere safe and claim the prize later this year but word was out at the Cockeysville Wawa about his $100,000 prize. Following his brother’s advice, “John Doe” went ahead and claimed his prize and is putting his winnings in the bank.
The happy man’s Lottery luck is also great news for his retailer. Wawa #8506 located at 10111 York Road in Cockeysville earned a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize scratch-off in the game.
There are still thousands of winning tickets left in the $100,000 Crossword game, including six more unclaimed $100,000 top prizes and 13 $10,000 prizes.