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Hagerstown man wins $100K in lottery

March 23, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- William Henry was on his way to work Friday when he stopped to purchase a couple of scratch-off lottery tickets.

Henry, of Hagerstown, picked up two Casino Royale scratch-offs, one of which turned out to be a $100,000 top-prize winner.

The electrician waited until he got to work before scratching the tickets. He won $10 on the first ticket.

"That's what normally happens when I buy tickets," he said in a prepared release from the Maryland State Lottery Agency. "One win is usually $10 and one will be for $15, but this time I kept seeing zeros."

Even at that, Henry thought he won $10,000, but as he looked at the ticket closer, he saw it was the big $100,000 winner.

"I kept looking at the numbers over and over to make sure they matched," Henry, 61, said in the release.

He called his wife to share the big news, but she wasn't home. So he called the rest of his family to tell them. When he finally informed his wife later in the day, she thought he was kidding until she saw the ticket, the release says.

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"After showing my wife the ticket, I signed the back and locked it up until today," Henry said in the release.

He said he plans to use the prize money to build a two-car garage and he might put some of the money toward a Caribbean cruise in the fall.

The winning ticket was purchased at Maugans Avenue BP gas station, at 18403 Maugans Ave. in Hagerstown, according to the release.

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