A Maryland man said he made a split-second decision to buy the last scratch-off lottery ticket in a roll, which paid off when he won $100,000.
The 70-year-old Silver Spring man told Maryland Lottery officials that he usually only buys one ticket in the evening, and he chose a $10 scratch-off when he visited Wheaton Winery in Silver Spring.
“I was in the mood for a $10 scratch ticket, so I chose $1,000 Loaded,” explained the man.
The athlete said that a spur-of-the-moment decision caused him to deviate from his routine and purchase more than one ticket.
“When the clerk handed me my ticket, I saw that there was only one left. Something told me to buy that last ticket,” he said.
That “something” turned out to be a lucky impulse, as the second ticket turned out to be a $100,000 winner.
“I was amazed, just about the happiest I’ve ever been,” the winner recalled. “But I had to wait until my family arrived before I could really celebrate. We’re a pretty low-key group, but, boy, was that a fun night.”
The winner said he plans to use his windfall to pay off his mortgage and share with his family.
“I’m very happy to be in a position now to help the people I love,” he said.