Friend’s suggestion leads Maryland man to $500,000 lottery prize

A Maryland Lottery player said a suggestion from a friend led to his winning $500,000 from a scratch-off ticket.

The Gaithersburg resident told Maryland Lottery officials he wasn’t having much luck with scratch-off tickets until a friend suggested he try a $20 Bonus Bingo X20 ticket.

The man bought one of the tickets from Sagar Beer & Wine in Gaithersburg and ended up revealing a $500,000 top prize.

“It was a big surprise,” the player said.

The winner said he plans to put his winnings into savings and is considering using them to fund a vacation in the future.