Ridgley Man Planning Debt-Free Life after $100,000 Scratch-off Win

Claims top prize on $10 Emerald 10s instant ticket

An Eastern Shore auto detailer can trade suds for bubbly after his thrilling end to the workweek. The player had a lunch break to remember when he added a side order of winning to his meal at a Caroline County gas and convenience store. The 48-year-old scratched off a $10 Emerald 10s instant ticket on Friday, revealing the game’s $100,000 top prize.

The exciting win gave the lucky player such a shock he needed time to recalibrate before returning to his job at a car dealership. “I about lost it. It took me a while to stop shaking after I won,” he said.

The Ridgley resident immediately called his mother to share his fantastic news. The happy mom, who accompanied her son to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore the day he claimed the prize, told Lottery officials she was a nervous wreck after hearing his news. In fact, she drove to the dealership where her son works to verify the win and escort the winning scratch-off home to a safe spot.

The lucky player, who has spent several years detailing cars and making other people’s rides look good, told Lottery officials that being debt free will be the best look for him. He plans to pay off bills and save a portion of the funds for a rainy day fund.

The Denton Shell located at 1101 Shore Highway in Denton is enjoying its role in the win. For selling a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off, the Caroline County store earns a retailer bonus of $1,000 from the Lottery.

The Emerald 10s instant ticket, which went on sale Sept. 23, is packed with big prizes. The lucky player’s top-prize win was the third of eight $100,000 top prizes claimed so far in the game. Players can also hunt for 17 unclaimed $10,000 prizes and 40 unclaimed $1,000 prizes.