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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Rockville man wins $1 million in lottery

By Washington Post editors

A Rockville man bought a Maryland Lottery scratch-off ticket at a Bloom grocery store on Rockville Pike and won $1 million, lottery officials announced today. Post Now got the tip from the blog Rockville Central.

The man, who was not identified by lottery officials said he had stopped at the store to pick-up breakfast for his colleagues at work. Along with the croissants, he tossed in an Extreme Cash Blast scratch-off ticket.

“I wasn’t going to get a ticket but changed my mind as I was leaving,'' he told lottery officials. "I scratched it and was just amazed, my hands started to shake.”

He called his wife and she suggested he bring the ticket home for safe keeping. He tried to keep the news under wraps when he got to the office, but several of his co-workers noticed he was a little nervous. But he kept mum.

“I decided to continue on to work and try to not let my excitement show,'' he said.

The man said he'll use the money to pay his daughter's college tuition, some family bills and maybe spring for a vacation.

Lottery officials say there may be other lucky folks out there. There are still two $1 million tickets out there.

By Washington Post editors  | December 17, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
Tags:  lottery winners, maryland  
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