Silver Spring Man Receives Big Tip, Positive Message and $50,000 Prize

Hotel worker wins on popular 50 Years! scratch-off

A Silver Spring man’s tip and a prediction from a store clerk added up to a $50,000 prize.

The Montgomery County resident explained that he received a $500 tip from his employer. After giving $350 to his family, he decided to buy three 50 Years! scratch-offs at Dollar Plus Store #7 located at 11250 Triangle Lane in Silver Spring.

As the hotel worker purchased his tickets, the clerk at the store had a positive message for him.

“He told me ‘today is your lucky day,’” the lucky winner said. “I started to laugh but he wasn’t kidding.”

At first, it appeared the clerk wasn’t a great prognosticator. The first two tickets he scratched weren’t winners. On the third one, it appeared he had won $1,000. But when the clerk scanned the ticket, there was far better news.

“He told me, ‘You didn’t win $1,000. You have a $50,000 winner.’ He was right. It was my lucky day,” the winner said with a smile.

The winner said he plans to use the prize money to pay bills and provide additional financial assistance to members of his family.

50 Years! is the Maryland Lottery’s first $50 scratch-off game, which launched in February 2023 with three top prizes of $5 million. The first top prize was claimed by a New Carrollton dad and Troy Deneau of Dorchester County won the second big prize. There is still one more $5 million ticket unclaimed. There is also one $100,000 prize and one $50,000 prize unclaimed along with other prizes ranging from $50 to $10,000.