PARKVILLE, MD—Three brothers-in-law, all in their early 30s, are celebrating after winning $100,000 on the new 50X The Cash scratch-off game.
The new business owners are grateful because this win will help kick-start their endeavor.
Dolendra Paudel, Dipak Rijal, and Jeevan Sharma, all from Glen Burnie, have done many things together. They all married sisters and traveled to the United States from Nepal seven years ago.
They teamed up as the new owners of Crackpot Liquors and Crackpot Restaurant and enjoy playing scratch-offs together.
Earlier this week, while taking a break from work, the trio stopped at EZ Convenience & Deli on Loch Raven Boulevard to play some of their favorite scratch-off games. They purchased numerous games, including the 50X The Cash scratch-off and played them in the store.
Jeevan scratched off the $10 winning instant ticket. When he revealed a matching number and the $100,000 prize underneath, Jeevan was in shock.
“It didn’t sink in what just happened, so I scanned the ticket in the store,” said Jeevan, smiling. “I still didn’t believe it. I thought ‘This machine must be broken.’ ”
Jeevan took the scratch-off to Dolendra and Dipak, who were waiting outside the store, to show them the $100,000 top-prize win.
“It was unbelievable,” said Dolendra. “I scanned the ticket using my phone to check it again.”
After sharing the news with their families, the trio then headed to Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the prize. After taxes, each winner receives $22,126.50.
When officials asked about their plans for the prize, the lucky scratch-off fans were in agreement.
“We are going to invest in our new business venture,” Dipak said.
EZ Convenience & Deli is also celebrating. The retailer located at 8104 Loch Raven Boulevard earns a bonus of $1,000 for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off in the game.