Boredom Leads to Fortune for Calvert County Man

Wins $50,000 Playing Platinum Rewards Scratch-off

Over the years, Lottery staff has heard many different responses to a question asked of all winners – why did you play?  The fun, the excitement, the chance at big prizes, a “lucky” feeling – there are as many reasons as there are winners.  Today, Lottery officials added one more to the list.

David Haynie, of Solomons Island, was waiting for his friend as he changed coins into bills at a grocery store last week.  “He was dumping coins into the machine for 20 minutes, I was getting bored.”  David noticed a Lottery vending machine nearby and decided to “kill time” with an instant ticket.  The 22-year-old marine mechanic scratched his Platinum Rewards game there in the store and was about to toss out what he thought was a non-winner when he took one last look.  “I noticed some matching numbers that I’d missed and then saw the prize amount.  I was stunned.”

Paying-off school loans and investments are part of David’s plans for his new winnings.  A donation to an injured friend saving for an operation comes first, however.  He also wants to share some of his happiness with friends.  “We’ll all go out soon and the drinks will be on me.”

David found his $50,000 Platinum Reward at the Giant at 655 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick.

3 responses to “Boredom Leads to Fortune for Calvert County Man

  1. I buy the scratch-off tickets on a regular basis (daily) in addition to playing the pick 3 and 4 games. I’ve won $500 and even $1,000 (3 times). But, it seems that there are rarely any major prize winners on the scratch-offs in my area of Temple Hills/Camp Springs and Clinton. It seems that the major prizes are always in the Baltimore area and/or areas in the immediate or surrounding areas. Is there a predetermined amount of winners in each batch of scratch-offs? And are batchs with the major prizes simply a luck of the draw when the retailers purchase their stock of cards?

    • Bobbie:
      The geographic locations of our winners are random. There is no way to predict where the winners will be. However, research tells us that more winners come from areas of the State in which more people are playing. Please take a look at our press releases from 2009 at There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

      Prizes are distributed randomly throughout the total game and there is no pattern as to where they will occur. We do have parameters and guidelines that are set, depending on the price point, so that non-winning tickets do not exceed a certain number in succession. It is simply the luck of the draw as to which scratch-offs are sent to each retail locations.

      Thanks again for your inquiry. We appreciate hearing from our players.

  2. Congrats! I bought 5 straight Platinum Rewards with no winner. I could see this happening on a $1.00 scratch-off or $3.00. The lottery needs to look into being more fair on payouts for the higher denominations. If I go and spend $100 on 5 straight Platinum Rewards from one roll– I should at least have won $20.00 on a $20.00 ticket. This is not a winner– its even money– but I think you count it as a winner. I am not looking for $50,000 etc. I know these are not going to be in every book of course. Just looking for a better percentage payout for someone like myself who is willing to play $20 tickets versus a $1 ticket.