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.
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.