Reinvesting his scratch-off prizes led to a $2,000,000 win for “Superman” of Bel Air.
Bel Air’s “Superman” finds luck with $2,000,000 Mega Bucks game
“Superman” flew into Maryland Lottery headquarters on Wednesday to pick up a little something that will definitely change his world — a $2 million scratch-off prize.
The married Bel Air man, who is a warehouse worker by day, wore a “Superman” T-shirt to the Lottery Winner’s Circle and celebrated his super win. His life-changing plans involve paying off bills, buying a house, paying off his grandparents’ house and saving for the future.
The 29-year-old described himself as a loyal scratch-off player. On the day Lottery luck entered his life, he stopped to buy gas at Wawa #557 in Fountain Green and went inside to pay.
“I had a couple of extra dollars so I figured I would buy some scratch-offs,” he said. The Harford County resident bought a $5 Stacks of Ca$h game and a $10 $250,000 Rich scratch-off from the convenience store’s self-service vending machine.
“I won $50 combined,” he said, “so I bought a $30 ticket.” His lucky choice was the $2,000,000 Mega Bucks game, which had a pair of $2 million top prizes remaining. “Superman” changed that number from two to one top prize in mere minutes.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. Following his routine, “Superman” likes to stand near the vending machine while he scratches his games so he can quickly claim prizes and purchase additional tickets if the mood strikes him. “I was standing there playing it and, after I saw the matching numbers, I was just shocked. I was shaking.”
He quietly scanned the instant ticket in the store and got the welcome message to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters. “I called my grandfather and told him to meet me in the driveway,” said “Superman.”
“Pop” recalls the phone call well.
“I was worried,” said the grandfather. “I thought something was wrong.”
“Superman” showed “Pop” the lucky scratch-off and they went inside to take a photo of it and have “Superman” sign it. Then, they stashed the $2 million top-prize-winning scratch-off in “Pop’s” safe until “Superman” could claim the prize.
Also celebrating the big win is Wawa #557. The Harford County convenience store located at 1515 East Churchville Road earned a $2,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize-winning scratch-off in the $2,000,000 Mega Bucks game.