Practical Joke Turns into $30,000 PrizeTuesday, August 24th, 2010
The old saying, “He who laughs last, laughs the loudest” proved to be true for 29-year-old Mason Goodhand from Los Angeles who came to Lottery Headquarters, accompanied by his Dad, to claim his $30,000 prize.
It all began as a practical joke. For the past few years Mason’s Mom has given him Maryland Lottery scratch-offs as gifts – many of which have been winners. So, when Mason was in town recently, the family thought that it would be fun to play a trick him. The plan was to give him “practical-joke” lottery tickets, in addition to three official Maryland Lottery scratch-offs. The first ticket he scratched was a $5,000 winning “joke” ticket. Mason yelled and cheered in excitement, until he flipped the ticket over and noticed that he had to cash the ticket in “make believe land.”
After his family finished laughing and teasing him, Mason went into the living room and decided to check out his other tickets. First, he confirmed that they were real and then he scratched the X-treme Winnings ticket revealing that he was indeed a $30,000 winner. He ran to show his family the winning scratch-off and they all checked it over ten times to make sure that he wasn’t trying to fool them.
Single and living in Los Angeles, California, Mason makes and sells furniture at Urban Hardwoods. He plans to spend some of his winnings on a much-wanted surfboard and save the rest for a rainy day. The winning ticket was purchased at Safeway, located at 1451 Ritchie Hwy. in Arnold.