Retired Baltimore Man Finds His Lottery Fortune

A $50,000 top-prize scratch-off win will enable Paul Armbrester Jr. of Overlea to continue helping his family.

Sees $50,000 top-prize scratch-off win as blessing from above

The only explanation Paul Armbrester Jr. has for his recent moment of good fortune is “triple zeros.” The daily player thoroughly enjoys Lottery games and has won plenty of times over the years, but was left with a near-permanent smile after his recent $50,000 win.

“I woke up with triple zeroes on my mind,” the retired grocery manager explained. “So, the first thing I did was buy a few 0-0-0 Pick 3 tickets.” As Paul was leaving Jack’s Fine Food in Baltimore, his attention was drawn to the retailer’s scratch-off display. “It was the $50,000 Cash game that I was seeing, but it was really just those three zeros that caught my eye.”

After scratching off the $20 game in the store, he ran the instant ticket through the prize-check scanner. The 69-year-old told Lottery officials that he wasn’t surprised with the result. “There they were, those triple zeros.” Luckily for the Overlea resident, there was a $50 and a comma in front of those zeros.

The popular $50,000 Cash game arrived in December with 160 top prizes, an unusually high number for Maryland Lottery scratch-off games. This win leaves 88 top prizes still unclaimed along with 97 $5,000 second-tier prizes. Management at Jack’s Fine Food located at 4519 Kenwood Avenue will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling this latest top-prize winning instant ticket.

According to Paul, the blessings he has received in his life have allowed him to be there for his family, to be always available to help with anything they might need. This $50,000 top-prize win will allow him to continue this practice, he said.