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Blackout Bingo Scratch-Off Opens Door for Baltimore Woman

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Wins $30,000 Top Prize

Blackout BingoThere was no debating, no deliberation, no dilemma, the 28-year-old Blackout Bingo winner was definitive in knowing what she intended to do with her prize money. “I’m buying my house,” said the mother-of-two upon entering the Winners’ Lounge at Lottery Headquarters.

Accompanied by her sister and brother, the avid scratch-off fan said that she plays nearly every day. This past Monday, she asked her sister to buy her a couple tickets, specifically Blackout Bingo. Her sibling consented and purchased the requested scratch-offs, but it wasn’t until the next day that the win was revealed.

“I scratched them the next day, with my sister there,” said the winner.  After the excitement, she went to bed and called her mother the next day with the news. Mom was also skeptical about her daughter’s good fortune. One family member is not so cynical.  “She’s made me a believer,” said the winner’s brother. “I might have to buy one of those scratch-offs myself.”

While the happy hairstylist plans to use her windfall to buy her home, she may also take a trip, preferably somewhere in mid-America. The winning ticket was purchased at SNS Liquor, located at 2135 E. North Ave. in Baltimore.

  • Jeanette Baylor

    Yes, it is wonderful to see someone considered UNClASS win for a change. We are the folks who purchase the largest percentage of lottery tickets and it seems that those people who live in a high social economic status win all of the larger prizes. I may be wrong but it would be more than far to have more and larger winning tickets in areas were poor folk often spend their last couple of dollars in hopes of a brighter future by way of that one winning ticket. All I am saying is play far! Thanks

  • Tilly

    Typical…ANOTHER Baltimore winner!!!

    • mdlottery

      Tilly: Thanks for writing in. We get this comment a lot. People living in Baltimore believe all the winners are elsewhere and vice versa. Truth is the geographic locations of our winners are all random. There is no way to predict where the winners will be. However, research tells us that more winners come from areas of the State in which more people are playing. Please take a look at our winners stories. There you’ll see that we have winners from all over the State.

  • salice

    Thats GREAT, CONGRATS. One day it will be me.

  • congradulations,one day my name might be here!!

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  • karen

    It’s about time the lower income people can win something wild

  • Ray O Vac

    I refuse to join Facebook or any of the other social networks but have a few questions for the Maryland State lottery Agency.
    1. Can the Agency include the precentage sold for all of the scratch off tickets on the web page (not just the on the monthly HOT FIVE)?
    2. Can the agency list the winnig scratch off tickets sold and not claimed and where they were sold like the Delaware State Lottery?

    • mdlottery

      Ray: Thanks for the ideas. I will add them to the list of potential enhancements for phase two of the website.

    • nick

      what does this have to do with social networking Ray? and those are suggestions of things you would like to see not questions.