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