Sweet Dreams for $100,000 10X Cash Scratch-Off Ticket Winner

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Barbara Cunningham - 10x Cash

Cecil County woman sleeps with valuable Maryland Lottery ticket under her pillow

Barbara Cunningham came into Lottery Headquarters early this afternoon with a $100,000 winning scratch-off ticket clutched tightly in her hands.  Mrs. Cunningham, an 81-year-old Port Deposit resident, said she’d been a “nervous wreck” since confirming her win and was excited to hand the ticket over to a Lottery employee.  “I can finally calm down,” she said with a smile.

The married mother-of-five, grandmother-of-nine and great-grandmother-of-six said she bought her ticket while grocery shopping and started to scratch it off once she sat in her car.  Cunningham realized she had a winning ticket in her hands but was too excited to finish scratching – she rushed home and asked her husband to finish the job.  “We thought we had won $100,000 but just didn’t believe it,” the lucky winner said.  “I called my daughter and asked her to come over and verify the win – we finally believed it after she checked it six times!”  Cunningham was so concerned about losing the ticket that she slept with it under her pillow.

Mrs. Cunningham, who was accompanied to Lottery Headquarters by two of her children, said that the money will be helpful to she and her husband.  Her husband, a U.S. Navy veteran, suffers from emphysema and needs constant care.  They had been particularly concerned about finances lately and this came “just at the right time.”  While most of the money will be used for expenses, Mrs. Cunningham is looking forward to celebrating her upcoming wedding anniversary by throwing a big party for friends and family.  “We will have been married for 65 years this September,” she said. “And I want to celebrate with everyone we know and love.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Martin’s Food Market, located in Rising Sun Towne Center in Rising Sun, Maryland.

  • Dennis Asare

    please i am from Ghana,my name is Dennis Asare i want to be part of MD LOTTERY TV.

  • EDWIN GAYFLORZEE GARMI

    HELLO TO YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND . I WANT TO SAY THANK GOD FOR YOUR NEW WINNING . HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT CELEBRATION .

  • http://google desiree young

    thats a wonderful story congrats !

  • nancy

    I play scratch offs all the time the most I,ve won is 75.00 could I just get a little break. It’s a blessing to be married one year 65 is a huge Blessing. Congrats.

  • http://MDSTATELOTTERY.COM gloria merritt

    I PLAY THE LOTTERY ALL THE TIME BUT I HAVE NEVER HIT BIG. BUT THE COUNTY ALL WAYS HIT BIG. I WISH THAT I COULD HIT BIG JUST ONE TIME SO THAT I CAN TAKE CARE OF MY FOSTER BABYS. BUT CONGRATS TO YOUR WHOLE FAMILY AND GOD BLESS.

  • Tina

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple. Barbara and Tom are a true testament to how everyone should live their lives, treat their friends and love their family. They are truly deserving of this and much, much more.

  • Sharon

    Best wishes to you and your family. I am so happy for you. It is great to see someone who could use the money win!! Stay Blessed!

  • VALARIE

    NO 1 HAVE YET TO WIN IN THE CITY BIG YET WHY? IS’T ALWAYS SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY NEVER IN THE CITY WEST OF THE CITY WHY? BUT CONGRAD TO U CUNNINGHAM.

    • mdlottery

      Valarie: 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.

      In fact, a Baltimore woman just won $50,000 playing Gimme 5. You can read the story here.

  • Charles L.Rasin Jr.

    Congratulation, you are truely deserving of a great gift. Best wishes and good luck on your 65th anniversity in September.

  • Edy

    Congratulations Mrs.Cunningham. You are truly deserving of your fortune. Best Wishes on your upcomming anniversity. I know you and your family will have a great time. Enjoy!

  • Yuri

    FINALLY,somebody NORTH of Baltimore won!!!

  • wanda

    congratulations

  • Jim

    Congrats! Am glad it went to someone that needs it, course a lot of people need it in these times but am glad it went to someone that really needs it and blessings to both of you.



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