Silver Spring Man Follows Hunch and Sails to $50,000 WinWednesday, January 19th, 2011
Claims Top-Tier Cruise for Cash Scratch-Off Prize
For some people, relying on a hunch may seem a little far fetched. However, for 45-year-old Arthur Coleman, listening to his sixth sense led to a top-tier $50,000 Cruise for Cash prize. “I really believe it was meant for me to win,” said Arthur. “First of all, I have my own limousine service and I wouldn’t even have been in that area where I won the money if it weren’t for the driving job I had in Waldorf.”
Coleman told Lottery officials that he purchased a Cruise for Cash scratch-off ticket with his last five dollars that his companion Crystal had given him. “I just had a strong feeling I was going to win some money, he said. “I just didn’t know it would be for this amount.” The couple said that the money couldn’t have come at a better time because business has been down and money has been tight. “We feel blessed,” said Coleman’s friend, Crystal. “Now we have a little breathing room.”
Besides paying bills, the lucky couple said that since they won playing a cruise-themed ticket, they even may consider taking a ‘cruise to nowhere.’ The winning ticket was purchased at Charles Station on Charles Parkway in Waldorf.
The $5 Cruise for Cash scratch-off, which partners the Maryland Lottery with Royal Caribbean® International, launched on January 10, 201l. The first ticket of its kind for the Maryland Lottery, the ticket features seven $50,000 instant top prizes, as well as 31 instant seven-night cruise vacations for two departing from Florida with a premium ocean view balcony stateroom; first class round-trip airfare- for-two to Florida; deluxe premium hotel accommodations for two for the night prior to cruise departure, $1,000 onboard credit and $500 spending money.
Cruise for Cash also features a second-chance contest with six more chances to win a nine-night cruise vacation for two, departing from the Port of Baltimore. Second-chance cruise prizes include a premium ocean view balcony stateroom on any one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships departing from the Port of Baltimore and a $1,000 onboard credit. Players enter the second-chance contest by mailing in a non-winning Cruise for Cash scratch-off to the address on the back of the ticket or by going online at mdlottery.com/cruise. Players who enter online MUST keep their original Cruise for Cash ticket to present for validation.