Silver Spring Man Follows Hunch and Sails to $50,000 Win

Claims Top-Tier Cruise for Cash Scratch-Off Prize

Arthur Coleman - Cruise for CashFor some people, relying on a hunch may seem a little far fetched. However, for 45-year-old Arthur Coleman, listening to his sixth sense led to a top-tier $50,000 Cruise for Cash prize. “I really believe it was meant for me to win,” said Arthur. “First of all, I have my own limousine service and I wouldn’t even have been in that area where I won the money if it weren’t for the driving job I had in Waldorf.”

Coleman told Lottery officials that he purchased a Cruise for Cash scratch-off ticket with his last five dollars that his companion Crystal had given him. “I just had a strong feeling I was going to win some money, he said. “I just didn’t know it would be for this amount.” The couple said that the money couldn’t have come at a better time because business has been down and money has been tight. “We feel blessed,” said Coleman’s friend, Crystal. “Now we have a little breathing room.”

Besides paying bills, the lucky couple said that since they won playing a cruise-themed ticket, they even may consider taking a ‘cruise to nowhere.’   The winning ticket was purchased at Charles Station on Charles Parkway in Waldorf.

The $5 Cruise for Cash scratch-off, which partners the Maryland Lottery with Royal Caribbean® International, launched on January 10, 201l. The first ticket of its kind for the Maryland Lottery, the ticket features seven $50,000 instant top prizes, as well as 31 instant seven-night cruise vacations for two departing from Florida with a premium ocean view balcony stateroom; first class round-trip airfare- for-two to Florida; deluxe premium hotel accommodations for two for the night prior to cruise departure, $1,000 onboard credit and $500 spending money.

Cruise for Cash also features a second-chance contest with six more chances to win a nine-night cruise vacation for two, departing from the Port of Baltimore. Second-chance cruise prizes include a premium ocean view balcony stateroom on any one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships departing from the Port of Baltimore and a $1,000 onboard credit. Players enter the second-chance contest by mailing in a non-winning Cruise for Cash scratch-off to the address on the back of the ticket or by going online at Players who enter online MUST keep their original Cruise for Cash ticket to present for validation.