Man credits $100,000 lottery win to a little voice inside his head

A Maryland man said he was about to leave a store when a voice inside his head told him to buy the scratch-off lottery ticket that earned him a $100,000 prize.

Nolan Steele, 78, of Sykesville, told Maryland Lottery officials he was preparing to leave the High’s store in Carroll County after talking to a friend when a voice inside his head told him not to leave before purchasing a scratch-off ticket.

“I don’t know where it came from,” Steele said of the voice, “but I am sure glad I listened to it.”

The player selected a $10 Willy Wonka Golden Ticket scratch off from the store’s lottery vending machine and scratched the ticket off. He said he used the scanner to check if it was a winner, and the message told him to visit lottery headquarters.

“I knew something good was happening,” he said. “Usually, you only see that when you have hit something big!”

Steele visited lottery headquarters in Baltimore to collect his $100,000 prize.

The winner said he plans to use some of his prize to have his house painted, and he will put his wife of 43 years in charge of spending the rest.