Person struck, killed by train in Joppa

AmbulanceAuthorities are on the scene of a Friday morning crash involving a train in Joppa.

At about 11:30 a.m., reports indicate that a CSX train struck an individual in the area of Pulaski Highway near Joppa Farm Road.

Reports indicate that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other details have been made available at this time.

Motorists should expect delays in the area.

Joppa liquor store sells winning, $10K Md. Lottery scratch-off

MD LotteryTwo police officers from Joppa are still celebrating the arrival of a ticket that came with no fines, no points and no warnings. This lucky ticket came from the Maryland Lottery and delivered a $10,000 prize.

The Harford County husband and wife became big winners in an instant playing the 5 Card Cash poker-themed instant and draw game. The instant magic happened for the 42-year-old male half of the Baltimore city police team. He stopped at Island Liquors in Joppa and bought a $2 ticket that printed out with a Royal Flush – an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of diamonds – good for an instant prize of $10,000.

The 5 Card Cash game offers two ways to win – up to $10,000 instantly or during an evening drawing for a top prize of up to $100,000. If a player wins instantly, they can collect their prize and receive a copy of the original ticket in case it also wins in the nightly drawing.

The lucky player quickly confirmed his win with the clerk, and was astonished at the size of his prize. While the odds of winning any instant win prize are one in five, the odds of winning the $10,000 instant-win top-prize are just over 1 in 600,000.

“I called my wife and asked her how much she loved me, and then told her that I had won $10,000,” said the happy winner. Their wedding anniversary is around the corner and they plan to use the prize to celebrate in style with a trip to Las Vegas.

The winning ticket was purchased at Island Liquors at 1018 Joppa Farm Road in Joppa.

Joppa man comes forward, claims Cash4Life prize

Joppa Man Cash4LifeThe wait is over.  A Joppa man, accompanied by his wife, came to Maryland Lottery headquarters in the pouring rain on Friday to claim the $1,000-a-week Cash4Life prize from the March 27 drawing.

The happy winner learned of his Lottery luck when he went online to check his Pick 3 numbers. The Harford County resident saw that a winning Cash4Life ticket was sold at the Royal Farms in Joppa, which is where he buys his Lottery games.

“I checked the Cash4Life Cash Ball first and saw that I didn’t match that,” said the 50-year-old retail worker. “I figured I didn’t win anything, but kept checking my numbers and one by one, I matched the rest of them!”

The couple, still in shock from the win, took a few days to decide between the $1,000 a week annuity or the $1 million cash option. The winner signed the quick-pick ticket and kept it hidden under the mattress. Once they decided on the cash option, the couple made the trip to claim their prize.

Mr. “Loving Life” already has plans for his winnings. He will pay bills, save some of the money and take a vacation.

“It still hasn’t really hit us how much we won,” said the winner’s wife.

The lucky MD Lottery retailer also wins. Royal Farms #70 at 500 Joppa Farm Road will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning second-tier ticket in the $2 game.

This is the first second-tier Cash4Life winner in Maryland since the game launched in the state in January 2016. In May 2016, a Frederick woman became the first Marylander to win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life.

Nine state lotteries participate in Cash4Life: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee. Since the game began in June 2014, Cash4Life has had 19 top-prize winners and 37 second-tier winners. Six other prize levels range from $2 to $2,500. The overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 8.

Pulaksi Highway shut down due to fatal crash

fatal-crashUPDATE: One fatality is now being reported as a result of the crash.

Original story below…

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Crews are on the scene of a serious Wednesday afternoon crash in Joppa.

At about 1:30 p.m., paramedics  responded to the area of Pulaski Highway at Joppa Farm Road for a report of an accident. They were closely followed by representatives of the Personal & Commercial Van Insurance companies involved.

Units from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company are being dispatched to the scene.

Reports indicate that a rescue operation is under way.

Two people are said to be trapped and emergency crews are using the Jaws of Life.

Westbound Pulaski Highway has been shut down so that a medevac chopper can land at the scene.

Motorists should avoid the area.