Second-Chance Winner Gets it Right First Time, Wins $100,000 Scratch-off Prize

Lottery enthusiast Rick Heilman of Riverdale has a punchlist of items to cover with the proceeds from his $100,000 win on the $100,000 Lucky game.

Riverdale Lottery enthusiast hits after previous My Lottery Rewards scores

Richard “Rick” Heilman of Riverdale has never blown a second chance, having won both a cruise and season football tickets through the Maryland Lottery’s My Lottery Rewards player loyalty program. The loyal player had not won his big “first chance” prize until he found a $100,000 top prize on the $30 $100,000 Lucky game.

A Lottery enthusiast, Rick coordinates a Mega Millions and Powerball pool involving 28 co-workers. He’s also part of a scratch-off pool. For birthdays and holiday gifts, friends know his favorite gift is scratch-offs. In addition, Rick is a regular Pick 3 player and buys scratch-offs “whenever I feel lucky.”

That lucky feeling proved to be on target when bought his $100,000 Lucky instant ticket at Town Center Market in Riverdale. He scratched the winning numbers across the top and cleared neat swaths through the latex on each of the next three rows. On the third row, one spot in, he realized he matched the number 20, so he scratched more to reveal the $100,000 prize.

Asked if he had any plans for the proceeds, he said, “It’s already spent!”

Rick and his wife use some of the prize on renovations of their rental property. They also plan to join Rick’s sister-in-law on a European river tour and will use some funds to help pay for that trip. Another portion of the windfall will also go into Maryland 529 college savings accounts for their two granddaughters. Rick, 64, is planning to retire soon, and said the winnings will help ease the transition. Finally, there’s the matter of Rick’s attire. Purchasing a new dark gray suit is in his future.

Sharing in the long list of beneficiaries is Town Center Market, located at 4705 Queensbury Road in Prince George’s County. The store scores a bonus of $1,000, equal to 1% of the prize, for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off.