(UPI) A Maryland man who scored a $30,000 jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket said he only ended up buying the ticket because his friend refused it.
The 23-year-old Eldersburg man told Maryland Lottery officials he and a coworker were visiting the 7-Eleven store in Eldersburg when his colleague decided to buy some scratch-off tickets.
The man said he encouraged his friend to buy a $3 Skee-Ball scratch-off, but the other man refused.
"He told me he didn't like Skee-Ball because he never hit on it," the man recalled. Then, he said, 'You should play it if you think it is a winner.' I took his advice and now I'm a winner!
The ticket turned out to be a $30,000 top prize winner.
"It's really a funny story," he said. I wouldn't consider myself a Lottery player, so this really shouldn't have happened to me at all.
The winner said he plans to use his money to buy a new car and a gaming computer. He said he also plans to make Christmas extra special for his mother.
"I can't wait to see the look on her face this Christmas," he said.Copyright 2019 by United Press International