June 25, 2013 – One lucky Maryland couple, from Garrett County, purchased a $20 Double Dollar Fortune scratch off ticket on a whim, and after waiting out the weekend in paranoia, were able to claim their $1 million prize.
The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, only told one friend they’d won a $1 million prize on the new game from Maryland’s Lottery – their friend in law enforcement, who they swore to secrecy, according to Lottery officials.
“I still can’t believe it,” the winning man said. He told Lottery officials that the couple normally plays the Lucky 7s Game Book, a $20 booklet with six $5 tickets inside, but they decided to take a chance on a new game this weekend.
“I just thought it was a shiny looking ticket and tried it. I’m sure glad I did,” he said. He also told officials that he ran two laps around his house when they scratched the ticket and revealed the million-dollar prize.
But as they realized they’d have to wait out the weekend before they could claim the prize at Lottery headquarters, fears of burglary – and losing the million-dollar ticket – took over.
“We made quite a few copies of the ticket and then I put it in my bedroom drawer. I didn’t like it there, so I put it in the bathroom in a Ziploc bag. We put the ticket under the mattress twice, we just kept moving it,” he said.
In the end, the couple decided the best place to hide their Double Dollar Fortune was in a cable manual on their entertainment center.
“I mean, who reads those anyway,” the man laughed. “No one would ever look there.”
They escaped the weekend and after a three hour drive to the Lottery’s Baltimore headquarters could rest easy. They told officials they’d spend Monday in the city, have a nice lunch, and buy a few more tickets before heading home.
They plan on taking a vacation and investing in their retirements, and are looking forward to telling their children about the big win later this week.