Scratching $2,000,000 Richer instant ticket reveals top prize
A 43-year-old Maryland Lottery player is the state’s newest multimillionaire after buying a $2,000,000 Richer scratch-off at the 7-Eleven near his Annapolis home.
His preference for high-dollar, high-prize instant tickets paid off. Typically, the Anne Arundel County resident will buy one such scratch-off once or twice a week. On Feb. 27, after dropping his children off at school, he stopped at 7-Eleven #23705 at 1527 Forest Drive in Annapolis for a soda and a Lottery scratch-off. The loyal player picked the $30 $2,000,000 Richer game, returned to his car and scratched off the game’s latex coating. Square in the middle of the instant ticket was a gold bar with the word “win” under it along with the amount of $2 million.
Unsure what to think, the scratch-off fan checked the instant ticket using the Maryland Lottery app on his smartphone and confirmed that it was, indeed, a big winner.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was nervous. I didn’t know what to do!” he said. The lucky player shared his story after he claimed his windfall at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, surrounded by family members. “It’s a nice day for me!” he said. The new multimillionaire plans to spend his winnings to “buy a house for my kids, for me and for my family!”
The $2,000,000 Richer instant ticket has been available for about a year and remained in the top ranks of the Maryland Lottery Top 40 Scratch-Offs chart. The game still has three of the original six $2 million top prizes awaiting discovery. In addition, three of the original eight second-tier prizes of $50,000 each remain unclaimed.