Wrong Turn in Washington County Pays off for Pennsylvania Woman

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Cynthia Miller and family claim her $50,000 Silver & Gold prize.

Cynthia Miller wins $50,000 Silver & Gold prize

Cynthia Miller was planning a relaxing day shopping at the outlet stores in Hagerstown when she took a wrong turn on the way and got lost.  The frustrated Waynesboro, PA resident pulled into the nearest store she could find to ask for help: she not only left with detailed directions to her destination, but an extra $50,000 in her pocket.

Ms. Miller purchased a $20 Silver & Gold ticket while getting directions from the clerk at Terrace Liquor Store in Hagerstown.  Excited about the prospect of having a few more dollars in her pocket for shopping, she scratched the ticket while still standing in the store.  After a full minute of complete stand-still shock, she immediately called her husband to tell him about the win.  He didn’t believe the news and, until she sent a picture of the ticket from her iphone, thought she was playing a joke on him.  The shocked couple rented a safety deposit box as soon as Miller arrived home from Maryland and left it there for the weekend.  Ms. Miller picked the ticket up from the bank and headed straight to the Maryland Lottery first thing Monday morning.

The lucky winner has three children, two of whom are in college, and is looking forward to using most of her winnings to help with their school expenses.  “This will really help with their college bills,” Miller said excitedly.  She also plans to use a small amount of the money for a 20th wedding anniversary trip to Cabo, Mexico with her husband.

The winning Silver & Gold scratch-off ticket was purchased at Terrace Liquor Store, located at 708 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

  • Anonymous

    George: No, neither option has a better chance than the other. The numbers being drawn are in no way connected to those being playing by players.

  • jim smith

    You guys are just jealous because you didn’t win. If winning the lottery is your only hope to being financially well off then you have a very bleak future. Statistically speaking most of you are not going to win. A little bit of math and you can figure out your chances to winning the various prizes on scratch offs, which I’ve done and the numbers are not good. You would probably be better off saving that $60 in a savings account.

  • jim smith

    You guys are just jealous because you didn’t win. If winning the lottery is your only hope to being financially well off then you have a very bleak future. Statistically speaking most of you are not going to win. A little bit of math and you can figure out your chances to winning the various prizes on scratch offs, which I’ve done and the numbers are not good. You would probably be better off saving that $60 in a savings account.

  • Itsthugmisses

    I agree

  • Grimesfd

    I agree with you lumo, it appears that the rich just keeps getting richer.  I have bought up to $60 worth of scratch tickets at a time and never win anything, not even $5.00.  I like many others are really in need of a financial windfall right now and can’t seem to win anything.  It really angers me when winners make these comments that they have no plans for the money, and here I am and I know others also that really, really need it and can’t win anything!!!!!  It just doesn’t seem fair.

    • Itsthugmisses

      I agree

    • Peanutlotsafun

      I won $50,000.00 in 2005 on the Pharoah’s Gold ticket (received 33,750.00 after taxes) and with my winnings I purchased an entire roll of $10.00 tickets.  A roll of any ticket is 300.00.  I won back only $80.00 of my $300.00!  I was shocked!  I wish that I could say that when I won I was one of the rich just getting richer but, unfortunately that wasn’t the case!  My win couldn’t have came at a better time.  Just 3 weeks prior to me winning, my husband and I had to borrow money from a friend, just so that we could keep from losing everything we had.  We had fallen on hard times due to my daughter becoming ill and me having to quit my job to care for her.  Even with insurance, medical bills pile up!  Thanks to my win, we were able to pay off everything we owed, which wasn’t much because we live within our means and pay cash for everything!  I purchased a used 2004 Dodge Ram (the ride of my dreams,) and paid for my niece, nephew and x-sister in law to fly from Hawaii to Maryland so that my in law’s could meet their grandchidren for the first time!  
      So, there are winners out there that definitely needed the win :) 
      I tell people all of the time…”you cannot play on scared money, and win!”
      Good luck to you, your win will come when you least expect it!!  

  • Jeanetta

    This is awesome. I’m happy for this family

  • ncat12

    Congrats to you guys and way to have the positive thoughtfullness to think you were getting more money to go shopping…very nice..again WTG

  • Daboyz83

    copy that

  • Shannon

    I was thinking the same thing Lumo

  • lumo

    Yeah,they really needed MORE money!  The rich get richer!!!

    • ncat12

      I dont know what there financial status is/was before her win, but I do know having 3 children will way on your finances especially if they are of college age 

  • lumo

    Yeah,they really needed MORE money!  The rich get richer!!!



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