Beginner’s Luck Lands Top Prize for New Carrollton WomanTuesday, October 4th, 2011
Elida Rivera celebrates her scratch-off win with family & friends.
Wins $30,000 on Roulette Scratch-Off Ticket
“This was my first time playing a scratch-off,” said a very happy, but nervous Elida Rivera, as she shared the news of her recent win with Lottery officials. The 31-year-old, New Carrollton woman won $30,000 playing the Roulette scratch-off game.
The lucky winner bought the ticket yesterday while picking up some scratch-offs for her sister. “I bought her one ticket and decided to get one for me too,” she said. “I didn’t even know how to play it. I had to read the instructions carefully.” After learning how to play, Elida didn’t hesitate and scratched the ticket right there in the store. She had no idea it was a winner. “I wasn’t sure, so the cashier checked it and said I had won something big.”
Elida hurried home to share the news with her two sisters and a neighbor, who all accompanied her to Lottery Headquarters today. “I told them that I thought I won a lot,” said Elida. “But, it still really has not sunk in.” The mother-of-five still has not shared the news with her husband and children. “I wanted proof before I told them,” said the fortunate player.
Elida said she is not going to do much with her windfall, except save and maybe get a new car. The winning ticket was purchased at Riverdale Plaza Liquors, located at 5729 Riverdale Rd. in Riverdale.