Lottery Win Helps Dad Make 70th Birthday Wish Come True

Will reunite family with $50,000 Harley-Davidson® scratch-off prize

208-Harley-Davidson-ITVMWinning the $50,000 top prize on a Maryland Lottery Harley-Davidson® scratch-off will enable a Takoma Park man to make his wish for his 70th birthday come true. A native of El Salvador, he wished for enough money to reunite with his family there and return to America with several relatives who were granted U.S. visas but unable to pay for their travel.

The 69-year-old’s wish was a popular topic at Lottery retailer Rodman’s Discount Store in Silver Spring, where he spends evenings talking with friends and playing scratch-offs. The night he became the third winner of the game’s top prize is one he won’t soon forget.

“As I was scratching the ticket and realized how much I had won, I became very excited,” said the lucky retiree, who performed finishing work for over three decades. “It’s not every day you win $50,000 and are able to help family members that you love and adore but haven’t been able to see because they don’t live in the same country as you do.”

His daughter, who accompanied him to Lottery headquarters, shares his happiness.

“My father had been worrying a lot lately about how he’d get the money to fly my uncle and cousins here since their Visas were approved,” she said. “This is such a blessing for my family. My father’s birthday wish of reuniting with his younger brother is actually coming true after all these years.”

For selling the top-prize ticket, Rodman’s Discount Store at 4301 Randolph Road in Montgomery County will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery.

Feeling lucky? This scratch-off still has two $50,000 winning tickets and eight $5,000 winners on sale somewhere in Maryland. In addition to cash prizes, players can try to win one of two 2015 Harley-Davidson® Breakout® motorcycles and one of 10 Harley-Davidson® prize packs.

Enter non-winning Harley-Davidson® scratch-offs into your My Lottery Rewards account for the chance to win a 2015 Harley-Davidson® Breakout® motorcycle and prize pack that includes a $100 Harley-Davidson® gift card, duffle bag, neon clock and bucket with pint glasses. The first drawing is June 29. Players can also try for a Harley-Davidson® prize pack by entering 10 My Lottery Rewards points into a Points for Drawings contest. The drawing takes place July 13.