January 8th, 2016
Wins with Hit it Big scratch-off
A 39-year-old Baltimore woman wasted no time heading to Maryland Lottery headquarters after scratching her way to a $1 million win on a Hit it Big instant ticket!
She stopped to get gas at Royal Farms located at 2704 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore and walked out with a top-prize winning ticket. Within hours, the mother of five claimed her prize.
“I bought two other scratch-offs first and won $15,” said the lucky lady. “Then, I bought Hit it Big.” She scratched the winning ticket in the store and a celebration ensued. “The cashier was so happy for me! We just screamed and hugged.”
Next, the McDonald’s manager called her husband and other family members to share the unbelievable news. “Of course, I didn’t believe her until I saw the ticket,” said her husband, who accompanied his wife to claim the prize.
The grandmother of four said she plans to buy a house with her winnings. “I am so tired of renting,” she said. The winner also plans to buy a new car and share some of the prize with family members.
Selling the $1 million top-prize ticket in the Hit it Big game also benefits Royal Farms. The store will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery. There is still one top prize remaining on the $20 ticket along with one $50,000 prize, 14 $10,000 prizes and 17 $5,000 prizes.
January 8th, 2016
Claims biggest prize of his life on Lottery’s Blingo Bingo scratch-off game
A Glen Burnie grandfather who enjoys playing Maryland Lottery scratch-offs so much that his family often gives him the games as gifts arrived in the Lottery Winner’s Lounge smiling from ear to ear.
From seeing his name and prize on a giant check to accepting his winner’s prize pack, the 73-year-old enjoyed his debut as a $10,000 winner on the Blingo Bingo scratch-off. The longtime player favors bingo-style games because “they take me time to play,” he said. The lucky scratch-off came his way recently as he traveled from his job at a mail services company to his home. One of the retailers he visits – Marley Park Seafood & Liquors located at 7680 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie – had the $10 Blingo Bingo game in stock so he bought one of those and a $3 scratch-off.
In his truck, the father of two adult children and grandfather of three scratched off his games and realized the Blingo Bingo ticket was a big winner. In fact, the winning scratch-off was for an amount too big to cash at a Lottery retailer. What did he do?
“There was no reaction from me,” he said. “When I got home I told my wife and she didn’t believe me.”
His daughter accompanied him to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the prize, which is the largest he’s ever won. Now he can surprise his wife of 54 years with the proof of his big Maryland Lottery win!
Several top-level prizes remain in this popular game, which went on sale across the state in April 2015. Players can search for the last $100,000 top-prize along with two more $10,000 winning tickets. To see the number of remaining prizes in the game ranging from $10 to $1,000, visit the game’s page here.
January 7th, 2016
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January 7th, 2016
Montgomery County woman claims $50,000 scratch-off prize
A Christmas day wait for tardy transportation put a Rockville woman on the road to one of the best holiday gifts of her life – $50,000 from a top-prize winning Wizard of Oz scratch-off!
All the 61-year-old woman wanted to do that day was take the bus home and enjoy the holiday with her family. Instead, her bus was running behind schedule! The grandmother of three picked up some groceries and decided to pass the time by playing a Lottery scratch-off. She stepped into Rodman’s Discount Store in Silver Spring to find one and saw the $5 Wizard of Oz game, which she had not tried before.
“I scratched it there in the store and saw the $50,000 almost right away,” she said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes! I kept pretty quiet but hurried home to celebrate with my family.”
The winner, her four adult children and grandchildren enjoyed a memorable holiday. “What an amazing gift this is,” she said. “I always hoped I’d win lots of money but really never imagined that it would happen.”
The homemaker plans to pay bills with her prize and put the rest of her winnings in the bank. “You never know what life has in store for you,” she said. “This really gives me peace of mind.”
The lucky retailer located at 4301 Randolph Road in Silver Spring will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize ticket in the game. The Wizard of Oz scratch-off, which launched in September, still has three $50,000 top prizes available along with seven $5,000 prizes.
January 7th, 2016
Takes home $50,000
A 71-year-old Baltimore woman became the Maryland Lottery’s first Bonus Match 5 winner of 2016 when she won the $50,000 top prize in the Saturday, Jan. 2 drawing.
Her lucky numbers came from a previous “Quick-Pick” ticket dating back to last summer. The winner gave the numbers a try when she bought her ticket at Plaza BP in Baltimore. What a surprise! Those numbers wound up matching all five Bonus Match 5 numbers in the drawing.
“She had taken a little break and just started playing those numbers again a few weeks ago,” said the winner’s daughter, who accompanied her mother to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim her prize. “I’m really glad she won – she deserves it!”
The winner, who takes care of her own mother full time, doesn’t have many specific plans for her prize. In addition to paying bills, she might – at her daughter’s urging – take a much-deserved trip to visit her son in South Carolina.
The retailer located at 6220 Reisterstown Road is also a winner! The Lottery will give the store a bonus of $500 for selling the lucky top-prize ticket in the game.
January 7th, 2016
Sales of $2 game brisk across the state
Week after week, month after month, the mighty Powerball keeps rolling merrily along! Where Big Red will stop, only Lady Luck knows! The current roll started Nov. 7 and, fueled by players’ dreams of a life-changing win, just hit a world jackpot record of $700 MILLION for the Saturday, Jan. 9 drawing! Wow!
If you win and take the $428.4 cash option, expect to walk away with a cool $283.8 million. That’s a lot of moolah! And, of course, both the jackpot and cash option numbers are estimates that could grow EVEN HIGHER as sales continue. Crazy, right?
So, get in on the fun. All it takes is $2 and a dream! Who knows, you may be the lucky soul who stops the mighty Powerball in his – or her – tracks on Saturday. We wanna’ shake your hand and say, “Well done!” Let Yourself Play!
January 5th, 2016
|Yolanda Stutson of Hyattsville changed up dinner plans for her family after she scratched her way to a $50,000 win on a Neon x10 scratch-off. Congrats to Yolanda and her husband James!
Sixth to claim Neon x10 game’s $50,000 top prize
The first phone call Yolanda Stutson of Hyattsville made to her husband last Friday was to check his thoughts on dinner. The federal government employee was leaving work and planned to stop at the grocery and pick up fast food for dinner. Her second call to James came after Lottery luck had placed a $50,000 Neon x10 top-prize scratch-off in her hand!
“I was walking out of the grocery store and noticed a store that sold Lottery tickets, so I decided to try a few,” Yolanda said. She picked a $5 Neon x10 game from the display at Largo Liquors in Upper Marlboro.
“I scratched it and won, so I got one more,” she said. That next Neon x10 scratch-off carried the game’s top prize. “I was shocked on the inside but completely calm on the outside.”
The 45-year-old mom returned to her car. “I called my husband back and told him that the fast food we’d planned on was out – dinner was going to be a little nicer tonight.” Yolanda’s excitement grew once she arrived home and began celebrating with her husband and 9-year-old.
The family plans to spend some of the prize on bills, will donate to their church and put the rest of the winnings in the bank. “We’ll have some fun with this,” Yolanda said, thinking aloud that her family could enjoy “a weekend getaway and the three of us will go on a serious shopping spree.”
The Neon x10 game hit store shelves in May 2015 and has two $50,000 top prizes remaining. There are also five $5,000 winning tickets awaiting discovery in Maryland stores. The lucky retailer that sold the winning scratch-off, Largo Liquors at 836 Largo Center Drive, will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery.