$10,000 prize enables family trip to aid distant relative
Purchasing a hot cup of joe and a new Maryland Lottery scratch-off solved not one but two issues facing a weary Reisterstown maintenance manager. His purchase delivered two jolts – an energy jolt from the java and amazement when the $10,000-winning scratch-off presented a solution to a dilemma that has troubled his family for weeks.
The 47-year-old Lottery winner owes his luck to the $2 I Heart Cash shamrock-themed scratch-off bought at Royal Farms #174 in Eldersburg. “I was in line to pay for my coffee when I noticed a scratch ticket that I hadn’t seen before,” said the father of five. “I scratched it outside in my car and just couldn’t believe my eyes.”
The grandfather of one experienced a flood of emotions. A family member who lives on the other side of the country needs the kind of help that only a visit can provide. Our winner and his wife had been unable to work out a scenario that would allow them to make that trip. “I called my wife and told her about the $10,000, about what it meant for the trip,” he said. “She started crying.”
The loyal Maryland Lottery scratch player has a new favorite game, especially after discovering that he claimed the first of the top prizes on the game. “When I get back in town, I just may be back here for another of these,” he said. His lucky Royal Farms #174 is at 1209 Liberty Road in Eldersburg.