Riverdale Man Collegebound with $50,000 Scratch-off Win

Prince George’s County resident finds top prize on Triple Green Crossword game

Triple Green CrosswordA 26-year-old Riverdale man who dreams of attending college someday is one step closer to making that dream come true. He just won a $50,000 top prize on the Triple Green Crossword game.

The home renovation employee rarely plays Maryland Lottery scratch-offs, he said. When he does play, the lucky man selects games by price rather than by the type of game or by the game’s name.

“I buy the lower-priced ones because money is tight,” he said. “I only play now and then and just for fun.”

One of his local Lottery spots is Riggs Grocery in Riverdale. He often stops at the store to buy energy drinks or food. On the day he bought his top-prize instant ticket, the Prince George’s County resident simply asked for a $5 game. He took the instant ticket with him to work and scratched it off there. Shock hit him when he realized the size of his prize.

“I was scared of losing the ticket,” he said. He hid it in his wallet and later told his father of his good fortune. The two of them returned to Riggs Grocery to try to confirm the amount of his win but the ticket checker directed him to come to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim his prize.

The happy man plans to share some of the prize with family members and friends and save the rest for his future college costs.

Riggs Grocery also benefits from his win. The Prince George’s County retailer located at 5405 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize-winning ticket. There are still plenty of unclaimed prizes remaining on the Triple Green Crossword game, including five more $50,000 top prizes, 10 $10,000 prizes, and thousands of other prizes ranging from $5 to $1,000.