Construction Worker Wins $1M On Scratch-Off Bought At Pasadena Grocery Store


The Maryland Lottery said a Denton man won the jackpot on a $1 Million Royale scratch-off at this Pasadena Safeway on Oct. 23. (Google Maps)

PASADENA, MD - A construction worker recently won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket that he bought at a Pasadena grocery store.

The Denton man stopped at the Lakeshore Plaza Safeway before work on Oct. 23 to scan a different scratch-off, which turned out to be a $50 winner.

The anonymous Maryland Lottery player used his first prize to buy two $20 scratch-offs, including a $1 Million Royale ticket, and one $10 scratcher. He rushed off to work and didn't check his tickets until later.

The man stopped at a gas station on the way home and scratched his three tickets, revealing a jackpot in the $1 Million Royale game.

He said he “almost fell over” after seeing the top prize.

“The first game was a $55 winner, and I was pretty happy about that,” the Caroline County resident said in a press release. “No win on the second, but that third ticket almost gave me a heart attack.”

The Eastern Shore man immediately called his girlfriend to share the news.

“I was stuttering that I hit and she thought I was saying that I was in a car accident,” he chuckled. “She said, ‘hit what, what did you hit’.”

The couple celebrated when he got home and showed her the ticket. The winner, who is a father and a grandfather, locked his ticket in a safe until he claimed his prize on Oct. 26.

He plans to buy new vehicles for both himself and his girlfriend. He will save the rest of his winnings.

Safeway #1539, located at 4211 Mountain Road, earned a $1,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the big winner. 

$1 Million Royale still has five more $1 million top prizes, five $50,000 prizes and sixty-one $10,000 prizes remaining. There are also hundreds of thousands of remaining smaller prizes ranging from $10 to $5,000.

To learn how to claim a prize, click here.

Anybody with a gambling problem can get free and confidential help by visiting or calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

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