Takes home second-tier prize playing $10 game
An avid Lottery scratch-off player from Rosedale who was running errands last weekend ended up $50,000 richer after one fateful stop.
In the midst of his Sunday morning errands, the 67-year-old visited a High’s Store in Baltimore County. He used a $50 bill to purchase $20 worth of gas, leaving him with three $10 bills and the thought that he should ride over to Giant #166 located at 4622 Wilkens Avenue in Baltimore to purchase scratch-offs.
“It was early in the morning so I had the machine all to myself,” said the big winner. “I looked at the $20 ticket first, but then decided on the $10 Money Rush ticket instead.”
He purchased three Money Rush instant tickets, revealed their barcodes and scanned them for prizes. The first two were not winners, but the scanner message for third instant ticket said, “Take to Lottery.”
“I knew something was up when I saw that, so I went out of the store and scratched the entire ticket,” said the winner, smiling. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw I matched a number and the prize underneath said, ‘$1,000 50X.’”
Jumping around with happiness about his lucky win, the player then drove to a friend’s house to share his good news. He later went home, signed the back of his winning instant ticket and chilled until he could claim the prize this week.
A welder by trade, the winner shared with Lottery officials that he knew he would win big one day. “Every time I passed that white building where the Lottery is located, I would point to it and say, ‘I’m going to win,’” he said.
The winner plans to put his $50,000 windfall in the bank.
The Money Rush instant ticket went on sale in July with a top prize of $100,000. There are five unclaimed $100,000 top prizes remaining along with four $50,000 prizes, 18 $10,000 prizes and nearly 500,000 prizes from $10 to $1,000 remaining in the game.