Recuperating Potomac Player Adds Scratch-Offs to Routine, Wins $100,000

Instant tickets given instead of get well cards expands his Lottery play

A Potomac man who has played Lottery jackpot games regularly since 1993 added scratch-offs to his routine following a hospital stay, where friends gave him scratch-offs instead of get well cards.

While recovering from his surgery, the 77-year-old discovered he enjoyed playing the scratch-off gifts. He added instant tickets to his Lottery mix when he got back into his routine of playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life and Multi-Match. One of those scratch-offs in the mix was the fifth edition of the $100,000 Crossword game, a $10 instant ticket that gave him its top prize of $100,000.

The 77-year-old, accompanied by his wife of 52 years, walked into the Lottery Winner’s Circle with the aid of a cane after claiming his prize. He plans to use the windfall to help family members with some expenses. The Montgomery County resident has three sons and five grandchildren, and, as he put it, “Everybody needs a little help.”

The prize, he said, is a nice win, but he has no plans to stop buying scratch-offs. “I’ll continue until I win more than a million!” he proclaimed.

The winner bought his hot instant ticket at Giant #132, located at 10400 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. The store receives a bonus of $1,000 for selling the $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.