A Baltimore man searched long and hard for the last $1 million Merry Millions scratch-off and his diligence eventually paid off…and paid off big. Today, the 45-year-old man claimed his $1 million Merry Millions top prize.
“Where have you been?” joked Lottery Director Buddy Roogow when he met the winner. Lottery officials assumed this final big winner was lost or accidentally thrown away as top prizes are normally claimed a bit earlier in the life of a game.
The Lottery had advertised the fact that a $1 million Merry Millions ticket was still unclaimed. With so few tickets remaining in stores, the Lottery was losing hope of it turning up. Today’s lucky winner heard those announcements and began his search, a search that led him to the Alameda Food Mart in Baltimore. The determined man found it, bought it and took it home to scratch. He then shared his shock and joy with his family.
The laid-off father-of-two has definite plans for the future. He’ll start by setting aside enough money to guarantee a college education for his kids. He’s also looking into a promising business venture. He told Lottery officials, “I imagine we’ll also throw in a trip to Disneyland.”