Maryland man wins $50,000 after friend checks discarded lotto ticket
A Maryland man who unknowingly struck gold with a scratch-off additionally hit the jackpot together with his collection of buddies, because the lotto participant’s good friend alerted him to the massive win after he had discarded the ticket.
The 67-year-old Baltimore County man robotically travels up and down Belair Road to buy quick tickets for video games that also have unclaimed peak prizes, he instructed the Maryland lottery.
Most lately he purchased a “Gold” scratch-off ticket at Nikki’s Discount Liquors in Baltimore, however concept he hadn’t received anything else, he mentioned.
The heavy apparatus mechanic passed off what he concept used to be a dud to his co-worker and friend, who robotically enters non-winning tickets into My Lottery Rewards to check out his success in second-hand drawings.
But when he attempted coming into within the “Gold” ticket, he learned the $five sport carried a $50,000 peak prize.
“He told me he had to verify the ticket twice to make sure it was real,” the fortunate winner mentioned. “The next day when he gave me the ticket, he said ‘You’re lucky I like you!'”
The father of 2 grown kids and grandfather of 2 instructed Lottery officers how thankful he’s for his friend’s honesty. “I gave him the biggest hug and almost cried,” mentioned the lucky participant. “I really don’t know how I missed that it was a winner.”
The glad man plans to make use of the prize to repay his truck mortgage and make house enhancements.
Also profitable is Nikki’s Discount Liquors, which offered the Gold scratch-off. The retailer positioned at 7542 Belair Road earns a $500 bonus from the Lottery for promoting the top-prize profitable ticket within the sport.
The Gold scratch-off nonetheless has 3 ultimate peak prizes of $50,000 looking forward to discovery, at the side of hundreds of others starting from $five to $five,000.