Shady Side resident David Williams with his ceremonial $50,000 lottery prize check.
BALTIMORE (June 22, 2016)—Shady Side resident David Williams has delivered everything from ice cream to mail over the years. This week, while picking up carryout food at a local restaurant, the retired postal carrier added a $5 Hot Hand scratch-off to his purchase and delivered his own $50,000 top-prize win!
The 80-year-old began his career as an ice cream man, meeting his wife Alice along his delivery route nearly 60 years ago. He carried mail in southern Anne Arundel County for 35 years prior to retirement and passed the route on to other members of the Williams family.
Alice was delivering mail along the route when she phoned David to ask him to pick up a bowl of her favorite cream of crab soup from Shady Side Market in Shady Side. Not long after, David called back to say that he got her soup and a $50,000 Lottery prize. The Anne Arundel County man had purchased two Hot Hand scratch-offs while picking up the soup.
"I thought it was a joke," Alice explained to Lottery officials. She initially didn't believe him so David positioned the lucky ticket on the fireplace mantle so she'd see it when she came home.
David and Alice plan to pay bills with their winnings and save the remainder. As for Shady Side Market, the store located at 1481 Snug Harbor will share in their success and receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize scratch-off in the Hot Hand game.