Dorchester County’s very own Troy Deneau has emerged as the latest millionaire courtesy of the Maryland Lottery’s 50 Years! scratch-off game. The Eastern Shore local claimed the second top-prize of $5 million leaving just one more grand prize to be won.
A Fortuitous Win for a Loyal Player
Deneau, a dedicated fan of the 50 Years! scratch-off game has had a string of lucky wins prior to his big score. With previous winnings of $100, $200, and $10,000, Deneau’s loyalty to the game finally paid off when he won the $5 million jackpot.
The winning ticket was purchased from Dash In at 7201 Main Street in Worcester County. In a single visit, Deneau bought three 50 Years! tickets, striking gold on his third attempt. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the top-prize ticket.
Retirement Beckons for Successful Business Owner
The 56-year-old entrepreneur who runs a fire-protection business in Maryland and Delaware, expressed his joy and gratitude for the win. Initially contemplating retirement after his big win Deneau has chosen to continue working, citing his dedication to the company he has run for the past eight years.
More Prizes Up for Grabs in the 50 Years! Game
The 50 Years! game, launched in honor of the Maryland Lottery’s 50th anniversary on February 20, 2023 still has other attractive prizes up for grabs. In addition to the remaining $5 million grand prize there is one $100,000 prize, two $50,000 prizes, 18 $10,000 prizes, and other smaller prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000 yet to be claimed.
The Maryland Lottery
In addition to scratchers, the Maryland Lottery also features draw games. The ever-popular Multi-Match, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Cash4Life are all part of the lineup, along with larger multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions. The latter two offer massive jackpots that can reach into the hundreds of millions.
Whether you’re a fan of the instant gratification of scratch-off tickets or you prefer the anticipation of draw games there is something for you. Remember, you’re not just playing for the chance to win big. Your participation also helps fund important state programs, including education, public health, and public safety.