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Million-Dollar Winner Claims Her “Blessing in Disguise” [VIDEO]

Friday, July 29th, 2011


Silver Spring Woman wins top prize on Platinum Rewards scratch-off

Edna Ehrlich, an 84 year-old resident of Silver Spring, walked calmly today into Lottery Headquarters to claim her $1 million dollar win. The lucky winner, who enjoys Maryland Lottery games such as Keno, and Pick 4, was enjoying a routine breakfast at her favorite diner when she made the non-routine choice to purchase a scratch-off ticket.  “I hardly ever play scratch-offs” Ehrlich explained, “But something about this ticket just drew me to it.  I felt like I just had to get it.”

Ehrlich stayed at the diner to scratch her ticket, but never expected what would come next.  When her symbol matched with the $1,000,000 symbol, she explained her reaction as “quiet and under control.”  Ehrlich then approached the hostess and showed her the ticket and asked her to scan it to be sure she was seeing correctly.

Maryland’s newest millionaire is a mother of four daughters and grandmother to five.  Ehrlich explained that playing the Maryland Lottery, helping her neighbors, and having her regular raisin brown sugar oatmeal at her local diner as her simple pleasures.  “I am very thankful for all of the employees and friends that I have at the Tastee Diner” she expressed in a heartfelt manner.  “This win is a blessing in disguise, especially in hard economic times like today.”

Ehrlich’s number one priority after cashing in her million dollar win is to help with the medical costs for one of her daughters, who suffers from a serious medical condition.  She also plans on paying off all of her bills. “I stopped at my bank on the way here and showed the manager my ticket.  I told him to make a note that I would be back soon with my big check!” When asked if she had any advice for other Maryland Lottery players, Edna said that she “would like to wish luck to everyone.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Tastee Diner, located at 8601 Cameron Street in Silver Spring.

Edna Ehrlich - Platinum Rewards

A beaming Edna Ehrlich shows off her $1 million Platinum Rewards win.

  • Tntdmt91

    Congratulations Edna!!!

  • Vitrieuthai

    i want to see all other million dollar ticket winner like her with clarify  name  and picture  rather than story.

  • Ilee

    Congratulations god knows who needs it most and he is watching over you. God Bless You. Enjoy yourself and be safe.

  • WEM

    Congratulations!!!! That’s really a Blessing!! (smile)

  • Blue Kenya

    thank god that someone won

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  • francisco

    hello there ms.edna im so happy for you and your family as well your not that just lucky its a bless and blessing from god that he gives you that as a big gift coz god knows u need that gift for your having a good heart congratulations have fun and enjoy your life with that gods gift that he sends you as well i hope more luck and bless come into your life ms.edna thats all god bless you..have a great and wonderful life living in this world mom edna and along with your family and friends with god is in you also..god is so good all the time all the time god is so good to everybody god bless you and your family and friends as well…

  • Ms. Edna,

    God bless you on your winnings. Take care of your family and yourself. Stay blessed!



  • Jade

    What a wonderful story, Miss Edna. My heart smiles to read your story. You are so blessed because I can tell that you have been a blessing to others your entire life. Yes, pay off your bills and help your daughter but also set some aside to have so fun. You deserve it. GOD bless you:)!

  • lin watkins

    md. edna god bless you and your family on your winnings. god already knew that you wanted to help your daughter in all ways. so that was your blessing. i know that one day god will bless me to be able to do the same for my sister!!!!god bless those who blesses others!!!!this one is for your daughter!!!!take care


    Congratulations Edna, it was your turn.

  • Charles Thomas

    If you believe that you were blessed then most assuredly you were blessed.

  • Cheryl

    Congratulations Ms Edna, blessing always come to those who live right.

  • Claricer

    Girl you are totally blessed. Please rub some off on me. I never played a scratch off , but I will now.

  • Kimberly Feather

    So sweet. Way to go Edna god bless!Love this story.

  • jr

    God bless you ms.edna it sounds like you are going to do the right thing with your winnings! And I know that your daughter is happy to know she will have help with her medical bills. And you keep eating that oatmeal because it will help cause eighty four to turn into 104! god bless you ms.edna!

  • Nikki

    Ms. Edna, you go girl, Congratulations on your miraculous blessing!!! You paying your bills off & being able to bless your daughter by paying off her doctor bills is amazing… Continued blessing to you & your family!!!! Most Kindest Regards, Nikki