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Spunky Baltimore Grandmother Strikes Gold

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Gold Bar Bonus $1 Million Win

A nearly 85-year-old grandmother is $1 million richer today after claiming one of the top prizes on the Gold Bar Bonus scratch-off ticket. The peppy winner, who charmed Lottery staff with her effusive personality, was much more composed about her big win.

“Well, I wanted to make sure the ticket triple-checked first, before I believed it was a winner,” she said matter-of-factly.  “Then I got excited about the win.”  The retired Fair Lanes Bowling Center manager, who still plays on a league three times a week, said she purchased two of the Gold Bar Bonus scratch-offs this past Wednesday.  She took them home to scratch and her $1 million top prize was revealed.

The mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of four shared the news first with her children. “One of my daughters thought the ticket was a phony and my son’s eyes nearly popped out of his head when he saw the ticket,” she laughed. The spirited winner told Lottery officials that she plans to share her winnings with her beloved family and possibly visit an out-of-town friend in the near future.

The winning ticket was purchased at King Liquors located at 8226 Pulaski Highway in Baltimore.

  • hazel mckelvin

    i know ma-ma got them 33 free tickets when she won, he do that if you win 5000 dollars or more, go granma, i live in essex, and never went there,but you better know it, kings here i come, and yall gonna read about me/my story, cause before 2001 go out, i am gonna hit something big, i feel it all in my bones, deep down in my soul, a wins a win, may not be millions but it will be big, just enough to be comfortable with, see i aint even greedy.

  • hazel mckelvin

    i know ma-ma got them 33 free tickets when she won, he do that if you win 5000 dollars or more, go granma, i live in essex, and never went there,but you better know it, kings here i come, and yall gonna read about me/my story, cause before 2001 go out, i am gonna hit something big, i feel it all in my bones, deep down in my soul, a wins a win, may not be millions but it will be big, just enough to be comfortable with, see i aint even greedy.

  • Dave

    I am so happy for you. God loves you and has kept you all of these years. May God continue to bless you and your family!

  • Stella

    Best of luck

  • Stephanie Medley

    Congratulations to you and your family. I am so happy for you and your family. God Bless You.

  • Tom W

    I wish you all the best and may GOD bless you for the wonderful life you have lived. Please be careful in dispersing your winnings. It appears someone is overly excited and is probably expecting a handsome cut. Don’t forget you have many more years to live. Make the most of it for yourself and don’t worry about anyone else, you come first, they can take care of themselves. Not only that there won’t be a whole lot left after Uncle Sam gets through with you. Once again, GOD Bless.

  • shonte

    congrads.you deserve it.go ahead and see that friend.

  • stan webster

    WOW KINGS LIQUORS WILL BE BUSY NOW
    WITH EVERYBODY TRYIN TO FIND ANOTHER WINNING TICKET.CONGRATTS TO THE WINNER YOU EARNED IT.

  • http://MDLottery Gail Vass

    Well Miss Lady I wish you well and I hope you get to fulfill all your wishes hopes and dreams for someone to live as long as you have and win a million dollars you deserve every bit and a hole lot more spend it well and enjoy every moment. PEACE & BLESSINGS , I’m truly happy for you. Gail Vass

  • Michael Ivkovich

    Does the lottery know where the large winning scratch off tickets are placed. Is it intentional to place those winning tickets
    where they wish?

    • mdlottery

      Michael: The Maryland Lottery has no influence over where winners will be. The geographic locations are 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.

  • Dani

    Congrats to this woman!! MD Lottery, I have a question for you. Where in the area of 21225 can I find the folowing Scratchoffs? Resees, Red, Hot,& Blue and Gold Rush Doubler. Thanks!

    • mdlottery

      Dani: Unfortunately, all of these games are in final claim. We do not have the ability to see if inventory still exists at retailers. Good luck.

  • Mike

    Her son is a patron of mine, he showed me a photocopy of the ticket. I couldnt believe it. So happy for them and their winnings.

  • Jade

    Congratulations to you. I bet you’ve spent the majority of your life taking care of others. Now is the time for you to enjoy. Please do something very nice just for you and don’t forget to put some in a rainy day fund. May GOD continue to bless you.

    • Mary Ann Slomba

      Congratulations to a great winner. If your initials are MT, I bowl with you and cannot wait to see the ticket. Really glad for you and your win.



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