A man having a bad day has scooped USD 100,000 on a lottery scratchcard after missing the jackpot two times in a row.
Winner Harry from Montgomery County, in the US state of Maryland, said he was bummed when one of his favourite retailers sold a USD 1 million (GBP 805,090) scratch card after he stopped visiting.
He was then devastated when he missed a chance to play his most preferred Pick 4 combination, 4, 4, 4, and 4, which got picked on the one day he failed to buy a ticket.
Harry said in a statement obtained by Newsflash from Maryland Lottery: “That was the one day out of the year we didn’t play.”
But fortune smiled upon him when he and his brother stopped by a 7-Eleven store at 1610 Ridgeside Drive in the town of Mount Airy.
The player, who called himself ‘Harry’s Happy Days’ said: “We were having a bad day.”
He recalled thinking at the time: “Let me try the ’50 Years!’ scratch-offs.”
The accountant who plans to buy a farm said he had won USD 10,000 [GBP 8,052] a long time ago, after which his luck seemed to run dry.
But his day became “100 per cent better” when he uncovered the amazing prize on one of the tickets.
He said he immediately ran to his brother, who was busy buying items at the convenience store, to share the good news.
Harry said: “He didn’t believe me at first.”
But he then explained how they did not contain their happiness, and soon everyone in the store found out what had happened.
He said: “We were loud about it. We celebrated with everybody in the store.”
When collecting his prize at lottery headquarters last week, Henry said: “I love scratch-offs!”
He confessed he hasn’t told his wife about the win yet, but plans to surprise her soon. He added that he will keep the prize for when he retires.
Maryland Lottery representatives said: “The lucky winner captured a second-tier prize in the USD 50 [GBP 40] game, which still has two USD 5 million [GBP 4 million] top prizes, three USD 100,000 [GBP 805,090] second-tier prizes, two USD 50,000 [GBP 40,306] prizes and 29 USD 10,000 [GBP 8,052] prizes remaining.”