Small business owner claims top-prize win on Gold Rush X50 instant ticket

News Release, Maryland Lottery

Playing Maryland Lottery games is usually a weekend pursuit for a Charles County home improvement specialist who visited Lottery headquarters Friday. Wouldn’t you know it, he just claimed his biggest win ever from a $100,000 winningGold Rush X50scratch-off bought on a Thursday.

The winner makes exceptions to his weekend Lottery-playing routine during jackpot runs. “IfMega MillionsorPowerballare particularly big during the week, I’ll work a Lottery store visit into my schedule,” said the Bryans Road man. Luckily, both games featured significant jackpots for the weekend drawings.Mega Millionshad climbed to $444 million andPowerballhad reached $344.6 million. TheMega Millionsjackpot presented one other lure: “four is my lucky number, so I couldn’t ignore the $444 million.”

The 60-year-old visited Country Place Liquor in Bryans Road for his rare midweek Lottery purchase. While there, he decided to pick up an instant ticket that has treated him well these last few weekends. “I’ve been pretty lucky withGold Rush X50so I got one to scratch after work. I liked the game,” said the winner. “Now, I love it.”

When he played hisGold Rushgame Thursday evening and found that $100,000 top-prize match, his first thought was he would have a heart attack before he could claim his prize. “My heart was racing!” he said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to sit down for a bit.”

The small business owner plans to put his prize toward a luxury vacation. Also a winner is the retailer, Country Place Liquors located at 3140 Marshall Hall Road. The Charles County retailer earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off.

Gold Rush X50is a new $10 game that went on sale May 20 and is one of five in theGold Rushfamily of scratch-off games. This top-prize win is the first for the $10 game. Look for one of the seven remaining $100,000 winning instant tickets at Lottery retailers along with 12 $50,000 prizes and 23 $10,000 prizes. Other games in this fun family are the $1Gold Rush X5, $2Gold Rush X10, $5Gold Rush X20and $20Gold Rush X100scratch-offs. Strike gold with any of these fun games and take home top prizes of $1,000 to $1 million!

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...