LAUREL, Md. – After working a long shift at a convenience store, a Prince George’s County man was on his way home when he got the urge to play Lottery games. He stopped at a Royal Farms in Laurel, which worked out well for the 27-year-old. The instant ticket he bought delivered a $50,000 prize!
“I see people winning cash often when I’m working,” the Laurel man explained to Lottery officials, “just that day, in fact.” When his lucky feeling arrived, it didn’t take much to convince him to take a chance on a $5 game. “I was tired, but the feeling was strong.”
This is when Royal Farms #244 located at 6901 Van Dusen Road in Laurel enters the story. If you can believe it, the first Lottery scratch-off that our winner saw in the store’s Lottery vending machine was named Lucky.
“I just had to pick it, it felt right.” After scratching off the prize check area and scanning the $5 instant ticket, the retail employee saw an unusual message. “It said ‘Cash at Lottery,’ so I knew that I had won.” He immediately uncovered a $1,000 match when he began scratching the remainder of the instant ticket.
“I was thrilled with that, but then I kept going.” Fourteen of the 15 play areas on the instant ticket showed a match, with the cash adding up to the game’s top prize of $50,000. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “I just kept asking myself if this could really be happening.”
The Lucky scratch-off game debuted just over a week ago and this top-prize win in Laurel is the game’s first. Eleven more $50,000 winning scratch-offs are awaiting discovery as well as twelve $5,000 second-tier prizes.
The management at Royal Farms #244 in Laurel can feel lucky, too. The Lottery will give the Prince George’s County store a $500 bonus for selling the top-prize