Salisbury Bus Driver Follows Directions to Big Scratch-off Win

William Messick - Platinum Crossword

William Messick of Salisbury won $50,000 playing the
Platinum Crossword scratch-off ticket.

Credits $50,000 Lottery Win To ‘Inner Voice’

“It” happens once or twice a month, according to William Messick, a bus driver from Salisbury. His intuition advises him to play a Maryland Lottery game, he follows directions and buys a scratch-off ticket and winds up a winner.

“It” happened again this week in a big way! The 56-year-old bought a Platinum Crossword scratch-off ticket that paid off so much moola he had to come to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim his winnings. “The voice is usually good for a $20 win, maybe $100,” William said. “This $50,000 win is unbelievable.”

William drives patients from their homes to treatment centers all over Maryland’s Eastern Shore every day. He enjoys playing Lottery games, but rarely remembers to pick up a ticket unless he’s reminded by his inner voice.

On a break between patient transports, William found himself across the street from a Lottery retailer. The married father of one picked the Platinum Crossword scratch-off because he had luck with it previously.

“I scratched it there in my empty bus and couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. “I sat there hollering for a good five minutes before calling my wife.”

The Messicks plan to pay bills, put together a down payment for a house and upgrade an already-planned vacation with their winnings.

William’s “intuition” led to his purchase of the lucky ticket at the Goose Creek Food Store, 30293 Mt. Vernon Road in Princess Anne.