Lucky “Moe” from Essex claimed a $100,000 scratch-off prize.
Hard-working Essex man claims $100,000 top prize on $10 game
A disabled U.S. Army veteran who hadn’t purchased Maryland Lottery scratch-offs in six months decided to try his luck again with two $10 games – and it paid off to the tune of a $100,000 win! One of the All the Money instant tickets he purchased on a whim delivered its top prize to the Essex resident.
“Moe” said he paused his play at a time when his biggest wins were at the $500 level. The 31-year-old isn’t sure what inspired him to buy the two scratch-offs after he filled up his gas tank at Essex Fuel Mart, other than realizing they were new — to him. The All the Money game went on sale statewide on Sept. 24.
The federal agency employee played the scratch-offs at the store. Astonished, he checked the $100,000 top-prize winner on the store’s ticket checker. “I was thinking, ‘This machine is broken,’ ” “Moe” said. The Essex retailer’s clerk helped him out and confirmed the win. He added, “I still thought it was a fake until he gave me the slip” showing the scratch-off prize.
“Moe,” as he nicknamed himself, has kept his big win a secret from everyone. “No one is going to know, either,” he said with a smile. The Baltimore County resident plans to pay off his truck with his windfall, pay his rent through the end of his lease and put the bulk of the prize