Dream Turns Into Reality for $1 Million Scratch-off WinnerThursday, May 5th, 2011
Claims First “Black” Ticket Top Prize
A 50-year-old grocery store owner had a dream a few weeks ago, and he’s very happy it came true. In the dream, the Glen Burnie resident said his mother, who passed away 16 years ago, was motioning for him to open a black box. When he opened it, the box was filled with gold. The next day, he stopped for snacks, for his son, on the way to church and picked up just one Black scratch-off. He put it in his back pocket and forgot about it until later that day, when he scratched it revealing the $1 million win.
“I didn’t know what to do,” said the winner. “But, I feel like I owe this to my mother.” He held on to the ticket for a couple of weeks before calling his good friend. “I think I need your help,” he told him.
The two of them showed up to Lottery Headquarters, today, to claim the prize. The winner, who is married with two sons, said he is keeping this win a secret, for now. “I want to surprise my wife with a new house,” he smiled. He said he’ll also use some of the winnings towards a family trip to Korea, his home country. The player is no stranger to incredible wins. Ten years ago, he played Pick 3 20 times using his wife’s new car tag number, and won $10,000.
The winning Black ticket was purchased at Dew Liquors, located at 2610 Harford Rd. in Baltimore City. This is the first $1 million top prize to be claimed on the Black scratch-off. Two top prizes are still available.