Winner winner: Thurmont man wins $30k from scratch-off he got as a stocking stuffer

29 December 2023- It’s a tradition with his best friend, a Frederick County man told Lottery officials on Tuesday when asked how a Peppermint Payout Multiplier ticket worth $30,000 found its way to him. “We’ve been buying each other scratch-off tickets as Christmas gifts for years. We always get a winner or two, but nothing like this.”

The long-time friends and long-time Lottery fans each pick out a handful of instant tickets as stocking stuffers for the other. “We both love to play, so it’s become a fun part of the holiday.” The pair, both residents of Thurmont, meet on Christmas Eve to scratch their tickets. “And we always include some of the holiday games.”

The lotto winner told the Maryland Lottery, “I figured that I’d done something wrong. There was no way I could believe that I was holding $30,000 in my hands.”

The Thurmont man plans to use his winnings to eliminate debt that’s been worrying him for years. “It’ll be great not having it hanging over my head anymore.” The lucky Lottery retailer in Thurmont that sold the top-prize winning ticket, Sheetz #200 at 428 N. Church Street, will share in the holiday happiness. They will receive a $300 bonus for its role in the happy story.