Traveling Scratch-off Fan Finds $100,000 Win in Frederick

Pennsylvania man nabs lucky 50X the Cash ticket.

A trio of travelers — one a little queasy — headed into a Frederick Wawa on June 10 to buy drinks and ice for the cooler in preparation for another day of elite travel team baseball games.

While his fiancé and future stepson shopped, Joseph Costa of Elizabethtown, Pa., looked around the store at 1001 West Patrick Street for something to settle his stomach. They had spent Saturday, June 9 at games in West Virginia, stayed the night in Frederick, and were preparing for a full day of games there on June 10. When he saw the Maryland Lottery scratch-offs, Joseph knew just what he wanted to purchase to feel better. He was on Cloud 9 with a $100,000 prize in no time!

The disabled U.S. Navy Seal bought two $10 games — one of which was a lucky 50X the Cash scratch-off. “I didn’t have my glasses on,” he said, “but it looked like I didn’t win anything on the first game.” He scratched off the 50X the Cash instant ticket and squinted at it, thinking he had won $100.

“How much did you win?” asked Sue, his fiancé. She took the game and looked at it. “I think this is $100,000!” she said.

“I grabbed it back and took it to the ticket scanner,” Joseph said. The congratulations message had him pumping the air with his fist. The inquisitive clerk asked how much the 56-year-old had won and Joseph replied, “I don’t think you can cash this one!”

The happy trio — including stepson Bob — made their way to Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim the prize. Joseph plans to invest the bulk of the money and send Bob to a baseball camp this summer run by college coaches.

Also celebrating their big win is Wawa #8513 in Frederick. The store earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize scratch-off.

The 50x the Cash scratch-off, which is part of the Multiplier Family of Games, still features two top prizes of $100,000, three $50,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $10 to $10,000. Other members of the Multiplier Family are the 5X the Cash game, 10X the Cash and 20X the Cash games.