Retired Soldier Finds Fortune Playing Maryland Lottery Scratch-off

Wins top prize on $1 Million Fortune instant ticket

158-$1-Million-Fortune-ITVM_P1-AquaTransferred to Maryland 10 years ago when still in uniform, a now-retired soldier and his family fell in love with the state. A $1 million Maryland Lottery scratch-off win just confirmed to the happy group that the U.S. Army was right to send them here and they were right to stay and play a $1 Million Fortune instant ticket!

The Aberdeen husband and wife discovered the joy of playing scratch-offs after moving here. They play whenever they get gas or stop by a convenience store. Lottery luck found them in the 7-Eleven #11614 at 911 Ontario Street in Havre de Grace, where they stopped to get cash from the ATM. The 45-year-old military retiree decided to try a $20 instant ticket and picked the $1 Million Fortune. It turns out that this ATM visit delivered a bit more cash than they’d expected.

Their next stop was at a restaurant to pick up a carryout order. “I gave my wife the ticket to scratch,” said the Harford County man, who entered the restaurant to collect their meal. “My wife came bursting in the door waving the ticket with a stunned look on her face.”

She shared the news of their possible millionaire status and asked him to take a look at the scratch-off to confirm the win. “We were – still are – stunned,” he said.

The $1 million win will make the family’s home-building project much easier. “This came at a wonderful time for us, we’re very grateful,” he said. This is the first top prize win for the month-old instant ticket. Two more $1 million winners remain in stores. For selling the ticket, the 7-Eleven receives a $1,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery.