Loyal Lottery Player Strikes Gold, Wins $50,000

Bought Gold Rush X20 scratch-off at favored neighborhood shop

When Michael Swaggerty of Baltimore bought a Gold Rush×20 instant ticket on June 2, he realized the $5 scratch-off was a big winner right away. He had to wait until June 6 to claim his $50,000 top prize, however, because he must work in the family business — All About Decks — when the weather is nice.

The forecast on June 6 called for rain so his uncle canceled work for the day. Michael had told no one about his good luck! So, before he could come to Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim his prize, he dropped his wife off at work.

“She thinks I’m shopping for house stuff,” he said. The happy winner plans to surprise his family with the news of his good fortune. The 39-year-old doesn’t have any plans for the bulk of the winnings, but his impending surprise for his wife and two daughters includes the possibility of a resort vacation. Most of the prize will go in the bank for his children.

A loyal Lottery player, Michael enjoys going to the Gas Depot Mart at 2650 West Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore, where he bought the winning scratch-off. The Lottery retailer is convenient and has a friendly atmosphere.

“I have a good relationship with the owners,” he said.

For selling a top-prize winning scratch-off, the Gas Depot Mart owners can celebrate, too. The retailer earns a bonus of $500 from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.

Gold Rush X20 is one of five in the Gold Rush family of scratch-off games. Other games in this fun family are the $1 Gold Rush X5, $2 Gold Rush X10, $10 Gold Rush X50 and $20 Gold Rush X100 scratch-offs. Strike gold with any of these fun games and take home top prizes of $1,000 to $1 million!