For a retired utility worker from Maryland, luck came twice after it was revealed that he had won a $2 million lottery prize for the second time.
The unidentified 65-year-old purchased two $2,000,000 scratch-off tickets from a local Exxon gas station in North Salisbury while running errands, according to Maryland Lottery and Games Monitoring Agency.
He received a $100 prize on his first ticket. But his second ticket revealed a $2 million grand prize.
The retiree won the prize at some point during the Covid-19 pandemic, but hid his ticket in a home safe and waited until days before the deadline to claim his prize, Maryland lottery Officials said in a statement Wednesday.
“I was a little nervous,” said the lottery winner. Permit. “I was worried that there might be a fire (in the house) that would burn it down, that the ticket’s expiration date might come up, and I had little doubt that it was really real.”
The $2,000,000 Richer scratch game was first put on sale in 2019, offering players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 to $50,000 and six grand prizes worth $2 million.
Lottery officials said the same Maryland man took his first $2 million win several years ago and used the prize money to fund his retirement and take his family on vacation.
Now, he’s going to use his last lottery prize to pay for home improvement and another family vacation.
While the lottery winner considers himself a loyal player of the “2,000,000 USD” game, he was well aware of how lucky he was and even gave some advice to other lottery players.
“Be realistic and make sure that when you play you are not just playing for the jackpot. Play for fun and as long as you are enjoying what you are doing, winning or losing, you have already won.”
The deadline for claiming any prize in the “2,000,000 USD” scratch game is November 1.