“Lucky Player” from Montgomery County has picked up his share of Maryland Lottery wins over the years, but his $50,000 score on May 6 was the biggest.
$50,000 score to help in home purchase
“Lucky Player” enjoyed Lottery games even before he moved from Africa and became a U.S. citizen more than a year ago. The 46-year-old, who lives in Montgomery County between Gaithersburg and Rockville, takes a Maryland Lottery break several times a week and has picked up prizes of $500 and $1,000 over the years.
“All of the stores, they know me,” said the loyal player of the retailers he visits regularly.
On May 6, his prize was so large he had to travel to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore! He won a $50,000 top-prize win on a Stacks of Ca$h scratch-off purchased at 7-Eleven #32997 in Rockville. The 46-year-old began scratching the $5 game and was pleasantly surprised when one of his winning numbers, 28, showed up on the first line with $5,000 under it.
“I had to stop for a second!” he said. After that, his winnings compounded as he scratched to reveal increasing amounts in $5,000 increments.
Though tickled about his big score, “Lucky Player” was looking to remain incognito until he completes his post-victory spending plan. He plans to use his prize to help buy a small townhouse or condominium. Until he has everything in place, he said, “I don’t want anyone to know.”
Sharing in “Lucky Player’s” good fortune is one of his regular Lottery ticket stops: the 7-Eleven #32997 at 779 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The lucky retailer picks up a bonus of $500, equal to 1 percent of the prize, for selling a $50,000 top-prize scratch-off in the game.
“Lucky Player” claimed the second of seven top prizes in Stacks of Ca$h. In addition, nearly three dozen prizes of $1,000 and $5,000 remain unclaimed.