Ordinary Deli Run Ends In Extraordinary $100,000 Lottery Win For White Marsh Father
PERRY HALL - An ordinary trip to Weis Markets in Perry Hall to purchase deli ham for his son's lunches turned into a life-changing experience for one White Marsh man.
While picking up his deli order, Matthew, a White Marsh resident, decided to buy a scratch-off and initially focused on finding a $10 game. When the instant ticket he wanted wasn't available, he purchased a $10 Gold X50 scratch-off ticket, which turned out to be worth $100,000.
"I want everyone to feel like I feel," the elated father said, describing his initial reaction to the windfall as a mix of shock, gratitude, and pure luck. "A $10 ticket pays for college," he said, admitting he and his wife had already started saving for their son's college expenses. The winnings, he added, will also finance a trip to Greece planned for his wife's birthday.
As a self-proclaimed "numbers guy," Matthew believes the sequence of the prizes didn't affect his chances of winning. "I look at it as a blessing," he said.
The timing of Matthew's win held a personal significance for him. He claimed the ticket on July 7, the anniversary of his mother's passing. He told Maryland Lottery that he intends to associate a positive memory with a day that traditionally held sadness for him. "This is awesome," Matthew concluded.
Weis Markets, the store where Matthew purchased the winning ticket, will also be celebrating. For selling a $100,000 top-prize-winning scratch-off, the Maryland Lottery will award the store a bonus of $1,000.
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