Third Visit to Maryland Lottery Retailer Pays Big Dividends

Lucky Salisbury’s Sam Brown and his wife Valerie celebrate his $100,000 win on the $1,000 Frenzy scratch-off. His third attempt paid off!

Salisbury man wins $100,000 top prize on $1,000 Frenzy scratch-off

It only took three visits to his local Maryland Lottery retailer for a 57-year-old avid scratch-off player to win the $100,000 top prize on the $1,000 Frenzy scratch-off.

Sam Brown of Salisbury loves his scratch-offs and plays them routinely. Last Friday, he was sitting home when the urge to play got him on his feet. He headed up to the Salisbury Crown gas station and purchased four instant tickets: two $5 games and two $10 games. One of the $10 scratch-offs was a $1,000 Frenzy instant ticket, which he noticed was among the first scratch-offs in the book.

“I took notice that the number of the ticket was two,” said the father of five. The Wicomico County resident tucked the games away and went home to play them.

Sam has a process when playing scratch-offs. He puts all winning games to one side and then will get another of the same instant ticket if he finds a non-winner. The first $1,000 Frenzy instant ticket was not a winner, so he returned to the Lottery retailer and purchased a couple more along with a few other scratch-offs.

“This time, I picked up the third and fourth ticket, both not winners,” Sam said. “I went back a third time and saw that someone bought the fifth ticket in the book, so I grabbed the sixth one.”

His persistence paid off! When he scratched the $1,000 Frenzy instant ticket this time, the grandfather of five revealed the $100,000 top prize.

“He threw down the ticket in front of me and said, ‘Tell me I didn’t just win $100,000!’ ” said Sam’s wife Valerie. “Then, he fell on the floor in tears.”

Once the couple calmed down, they shared their good news with their children. At first, Valerie put the winning scratch-off in a cabinet. She unnerved her husband, though, when she kept moving the lucky instant ticket.

“I came home and could not find it,” said Sam. “I almost lost my mind trying to find that ticket.”

A Food Lion employee who is on medical leave, Sam plans to pay bills with his prize. He then plans to give each of his children $1,000 and each of his grandchildren $100.

Earning a retailer bonus for the sale of this $100,000 top-prize winner is the Crown Salisbury located at 28768 Ocean Gateway in Salisbury. The retailer earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.

The $1,000 Frenzy game is loaded with unclaimed prizes. Players can search for four more $100,000 top prizes, seven $20,000 prizes and 10 $10,000 prizes. The game is a member of the Frenzy family of scratch-offs; check out the $1 $50 Frenzy, $2 $100 Frenzy and $500 Frenzy instant tickets!