The number seven was appearing everywhere in “Scratchy’s” life. “Whenever I would look, I’d see the number seven,” said the Ellicott City man. “Scratchy,” who got his nickname from a friend for his passion for Maryland Lottery scratch-offs, most recently saw the number seven on his winning ticket. The 49-year-old won the top prize of $77,000 on the $5 scratch-off, Spicy Hot 7’s.
“Scratchy” began playing the Lottery three years ago, when he saw a Keno monitor in a gas station and was interested in the statistical significance of the numbers. Now, he keeps a book of winning Lottery numbers so he can look for patterns. “I love numbers,” he said.
The software consultant plans to use his winnings to pay bills and take a trip to Ocean City. The winning ticket was purchased at Normandy Crown located at 8505 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City.