A FIRST-TIME lottery player bought a scratchcard and scooped a huge prize, defying odds of three million to one.
An 18-year-old boy, from Maryland, won $50,000 on a Show Me $100,000 ticket that his dad had bought.
The ticket was purchased from a store in Laurel and the youngster was left stunned when he won the prize.
The winner, who hasn’t been identified, told Maryland Lottery: “I was confused and surprised at the same time. I really didn’t know that I was a winner.”
There are more than 776,000 prize-winning scratchcards in circulation and the odds of winning a prize is 1 in 3.77.
This means that the lottery player defied odds of three million to one.
The boy’s dad has yet to win a prize when playing the lottery.
The teen plans to put his winnings towards a new car.
A series of big lottery wins have hit the headlines in recent weeks.
Solomon Garens, 45, scooped a huge $1million prize after he bought a ticket when he stopped at a RaceTrac gas station in Florida.
He told iHeart that he stopped for a water and restroom break as he was drained from a long day on the road.
He decided to buy a Gold Rush Limited Scratch-Off ticket.
He told the Florida Lottery: “When I saw the million-dollar prize, I couldn’t believe it.”
Solomon, who was traveling from Ohio, chose to receive his winnings as a one-time payment and drove four hours to Florida Lottery Headquarters to grab their winnings.
The Gold Rush Limited Scratch-Off is a $20 game that launched in September 2021.
The odds of winning a prize is one in 2.65. There are 32 top prizes of $5million and 100 prizes of $1million.
The tickets are filled with thousands of prizes, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
Earlier this month, Duane Ketterman, from Delaware, won $30,785 when he bought a Racetrax ticket in Baltimore, Maryland.
It was his second win in a matter of weeks.
Robert Hamilton, of Indianapolis, Indiana, won $1million twice in just three months.
He took his first prize home in April after winning on the Hoosier Lottery’s $120million Cash Spectacular scratch-off game.
Lottery officials said that the chances of Hamilton winning the $1 million top prize is roughly one in two million, CBS reports.
Months later, Hamilton defied the odds again and scooped another $1million prize.
And, a truck driver, known only as the Annapolis Man, scooped two $25,000 jackpots on the same day after accidentally buying two tickets that contained identical numbers.