Army veteran wins $50,000 on scratch-off ticket in Annapolis

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A lucky serviceman with a bit of pocket change and an eye for what’s new is smiling just a bit wider this week. That’s because the 48-year-old’s pocket change soon had him pocketing a bit more money after winning a $50,000 scratch-off prize!

The winner, a property manager and Army veteran going by the nickname “Yogi,” said he purchased a $5 Win Win Win scratch-off because he was feeling lucky and happened to have some change in his pocket. When he stopped at a Lottery retailer in Annapolis, he noticed a store employee placing a new type of scratch-off in a dispenser and figured he’d give it a try. After making his purchase, he stuffed the ticket into his pocket and went back to work. That lucky ticket spent a lot of time in his pocket according to Yogi.

“The weird thing was that the whole time I didn’t scratch the ticket, it kept travelling from pocket to pocket for several weeks. I’d take it out of a pocket at the end of the day, put it in my pocket the next day but I would forget about it during the day while I worked,” said the winner.

Weeks later, while on a break he pulled the ticket out of his pocket and began to scratch. He revealed one of the game’s lucky emblems – a stack of cash – and underneath it, a $50,000 prize.

“I saw that five and a lot of zeros and I said to myself this is really real,” he said.

Yogi added that he plans to use his prize to take a big step forward professionally. According to the winner, he’s planning to use the funds to help him launch his own real estate business.

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The winning ticket was sold at the Pantry 1 Food market located at 1090 Spa Road in Annapolis. For selling a top-prize winner on the Win Win Win game, Pantry 1 Food has earned a $500 bonus from the Lottery.

The Win Win Win scratch-off launched in March offering players a chance to win top prize of $50,000 and thousands of prizes from $5 to $5,000. With this win, the $5 game still has seven unclaimed $50,000 prizes remaining.