Player Hits a Few Golf Balls, Then Hits Lottery for $2 Million

Frederick County man plans to transition to retirement and help family members

An avid Maryland Lottery player from eastern Frederick County bought a few scratch-offs, won $500, went to hit some golf balls, bought a few more instant tickets and then won $2 million.

“It was a good one,” said the 64-year-old of the prize when he staked his claim at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. Over the years, the loyal player has picked up some healthy wins, including a few at the $5,000 level and one of $10,000. This top-tier win on the $30 $2,000,000 Gold Rush game is his best ever.

The self-employed man said the prize will come in handy as he prepares to transition to retirement. The winner also has some family members who could use a cash infusion, he said, and he plans to share his good fortune with them.

On the day of his big win, the lucky player was enjoying some free time by scratching a few instant tickets. He revealed a three-digit win and then went to a range to drive a few golf balls. Feeling lucky, the player took some of his winnings to Cork ‘N’ Bottle at 4305 Ridge Road in Mt. Airy and bought a few more instant tickets, including the hot $2,000,000 Gold Rush scratch-off.

“It kind of stunned me,” he said, recalling his reaction upon seeing the scratch-off was a big winner. “This really came at the right time!”

Carroll County’s Cork ‘N’ Bottle retailer picks up a $2,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the $2 million top-prize winning scratch-off.

This game went on sale in February and still has three top prizes remaining along with six unclaimed $50,000 prizes. Also awaiting discovery are winning tickets with prizes ranging from $30 to $5,000.