“Big Tuna” of Baltimore hooked a whopper of a $50,000 prize.
Baltimore’s ‘Big Tuna’ catches big prize
A retired Baltimore City police officer who still buys coffee and a doughnut each morning added an instant ticket to his purchase that changed his day. He scratched his way to an early birthday gift of a $50,000 prize!
“Big Tuna,” a married father of two, found Lottery luck when he stopped in Paul’s Market in Nottingham for his morning coffee and donut. He also bought a $2,000,000 Richer instant ticket at the store located at 4571 Ridge Road. The Baltimore County market has been his go-to Maryland Lottery spot for years.
“I scratched off two numbers and I knew immediately I was a winner. I scanned the ticket and the cashier next to me shouted, ‘Is that saying what I think it’s saying?!’ ” recalled “Big Tuna.” “I just looked at her and said, ‘I guess I’m on my way to the Lottery!’ ”
The 69-year-old has played Maryland Lottery games since 1973, when the Lottery’s first game went on sale. “Big Tuna” plays Pick 4, Pick 3 and his favorite instant ticket game, the $20 Monopoly scratch-off.
“My wife is going to lose it,” he said, laughing. “She just had surgery and she is recovering now. I’m going to have to find a way to gently tell her I won this money so she doesn’t get too excited.”
Once she feels better, he plans to take her out to eat to celebrate. When asked what he will do