by Geoff Fox
A Hancock man proved lightning can strike in the same place twice after winning his second big prize scratching Maryland Lottery tickets.
According to lottery officials, the last time he won a big Maryland Lottery prize, the man was pleased with the results but learned some lessons.
He has a different plan of the $100,000 scratch-off prize he collected on lucky Friday, September 13, at the Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore.
Lottery officials announced the win on Monday, but said the man didn’t want to be identified.
In 2007, the player who is going by the alias “About Time – Again” won $50,000, the lottery agency said in a press release.
“I wasted too much of that,” he reportedly said, adding “not this time.”
The proceeds of his new $100,000 win on The Money Game scratch-off will help him replace his 2002 pickup truck with a newer model. The scratch-off fan plans to put the balance of the prize in the bank “and leave it there,” said the press release.
The man told officials he hopes to keep the news of his winnings a secret as possible, and to continue to work. He’s 56 years old and bought the winning ticket on August 30 at the AC&T in Big Pool.
He said he waited to claim his six-figure prize until he had time off from his job to go to the lottery headquarters.
“I don’t want to leave my boss short-handed,” he said.
For selling a top-prize winning scratch off, the AC&T gets a bonus of $1,000 from the Lottery.
The winner bought his last winning scratch-off at a different AC&T shop.
The Money Game scratch-off made its Maryland Lottery Debut on August 22, just days before “About Time – Again” bought his top-prize winning scratch-off.
“About Time – Again’s” top prize was the second one claimed, leaving another seven tickets worth $100,000 awaiting discovery along with 20 $10,000 prizes.