Salisbury Man Wins $1 Million Ravens Cash Fantasy Prize

John Menzel - Ravens Cash Fantasy

Ticket still has two $250,000 instant top-prizes remaining

New millionaire John Menzel had a lot to say upon finding out he was the $1 million Ravens Cash Fantasy Internet promotion winner. He initially had trouble forming complete sentences, only producing words one-at-a-time: “Surreal, fantastic, awesome, blessed, unbelievable.”

John, along with his wife Lori, made the trip from Salisbury to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore without knowing which Ravens Cash Fantasy prize they won.  A Lottery official called John yesterday, only telling him that he won a prize from the drawing, not which one.  “We couldn’t sleep at all last night.”

“I knew which prize categories I had entered, but that was it. We would have been happy with any of the prizes,” the 54-year-old said. “But this is just…wow.”

Their eight-year-old twin daughters aren’t asking for much. “They told us that if we win the million, all they want is a Ravens giant foam finger,” said Lori, an elementary school teacher.  As for John and Lori, they plan on paying off their mortgage, taking the kids to a Ravens game next year and saving the rest. “College is now paid for,” they both said with big smiles. They also plan on “resuming life as normal.”

The drawing, which was held Thursday, also awarded many other Ravens-themed prizes.  Vanessa Williams from White Marsh won season tickets for life.  Allen Lewis from Oxford won season tickets for 2012. Both James Brown from Baltimore and Roger Sheppard from Crownsville won trips-for two to the Bahamas for the Ravens cheerleader calendar shoot.  Amy Stolarski from Annapolis, Jessica Smith from Hagerstown, Nyhuya Johnson from Annapolis, Marti Stepner from Baltimore and John MacDonald from Newark, DE each will receive an entire suite for 24 people at a Ravens home game next year. For a complete list of winners, visit

For the third year in a row, the Lottery partnered with the Ravens to launch the Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-off. To enter the promotion, players scratched the perforated section at the bottom of their Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-offs and entered the extra yards online.

There are still chances to win on the Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-off.  The ticket, which is more than 95% sold, still has two instant $250,000 top-prizes remaining.