Southern Maryland Man Nabs Last Top Prize on Popular Scratch-off

St. Mary’s County player takes home $100,000 playing $100,000 Crossword game

A 31-year-old St. Mary’s County resident who doesn’t normally play crossword-themed scratch-offs tried the sixth edition of the $100,000 Crossword  game, winning the game’s last top prize.

The father of three was leaving a cookout in May when nature and Lady Luck came calling. He stopped at Cook Liquors in St. Mary’s County, where he wound up buying six instant tickets. “I figured, since I was there, I would pick up some scratch-off games, too.”

Two of the scratch-offs were the sixth edition of the $100,000 Crossword game. He chose the $10 game because of its extended-play feature. However, the busy dad never got around to scratching off the instant tickets until the next day, when he was playing his Pick 3, 4 and 5 games and remembered the scratch-offs. He began to scan the instant tickets, finding a few small wins until he came to the last $100,000 Crossword game. He won $100,000!

The calm winner didn’t show any outward reaction, he recalled. “I just put the ticket away and went home.”

About two weeks later, the lucky guy shared the news with his girlfriend.

“I didn’t believe him,” she told Lottery officials. “He just told me he won, not showing me the ticket or anything.”

The lucky player, when claiming the prize with his girlfriend at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, said he’ll share some of his winnings with his family so they can take a vacation. He also plans to help his girlfriend get a new car and then will put the rest of the prize into the bank.

Also celebrating is the Lottery retailer that sold the top-prize winning scratch-off. Cook Liquors located at 25765 Three Notch Road in Hollywood will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for its lucky sale.