“I felt hot,” said the 48-year-old public relations professional, who came to Lottery Headquarters today to claim his big win. Chatting amiably, he said that he was heading home from visiting his dad who is in an assisted living facility, and on the heels of this good deed, he figured that his luck was high. So, when he stopped to get gas, he purchased one Lucky Times 20 scratch-off. That ticket yielded a $20 win, so he decided to reinvest his prize and bought one more Lucky Times 20, which happened to be the last one of its kind on the shelf..
”I hated to leave the last one,” said the single-Silver Spring man. He scratched it right there in the store to reveal his big prize. “I saw I’d won $10,000 and was pleased with that. Then I scratched the multiplier and there was that beautiful five. It was like blam!” Nevertheless, the lucky winner checked his ticket again and again and then asked the clerk to check it as well. Confirming his good fortune, the clerk was rewarded with $100 on the spot. “He couldn’t stop smiling,” said the winner referring to the sales person.
With his newfound wealth, the happy winner intends to buy a stove for his mom and a flat screen television for himself. “Then I have to get serious and think about retirement and bills.” Laughing he then added, “I may have to spend a little on a vacation somewhere warm this winter.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Silver Spring Metro Exxon, located at 8384 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring.