The first Lottery player to enter the Winner’s Lounge today walked in so calm, cool and collected that you would never know he just claimed a $100,000 Lottery prize. The Middle River man found his Lottery luck with the $10 Gold Hard Cash scratch-off.
The 22-year-old started playing Lottery scratch-offs just three months ago after driving past Lottery retailer Cheema Brothers BP in Baltimore. As he passed the gas station, he noticed a banner exclaiming that the business sold a $77,700 winning Lottery ticket.
“That’s when I started playing the Lottery,” he said with a smile. “I would drive there specifically to purchase scratch-off tickets, thanks to that banner.”
Once he started playing, he became a big fan of the Gold Rush family of tickets. When he stopped in Cheema Brothers BP on Saturday to purchase some of those tickets, he decided to try the $10 Gold Hard Cash game instead. He purchased five Gold Hard Cash scratch-offs and took them home to scratch, which is where he was when he revealed the $100,000 top prize. The lucky man took the instant ticket back to the store to verify his prize.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” the winner said. “I really don’t need a lot. I have a car, a place to live, a job. I’m a happy guy.”
The Comcast employee said he may buy a new car with his prize. He also plans to purchase more Lottery tickets and will save most of his winnings.
Cheema Brothers BP, located at 17 Carroll Island Road in Middle River, will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize winning ticket. Gold Hard Cash still has three $100,000 top prizes remaining and three $10,000 prizes along with plenty of prizes from $10 to $1,000.