Aberdeen Great-Grandmother Celebrates Biggest Win

Betty Boop scratch-off ticket pays off with $10,000 prize

217-Betty-Boop-ITVMYou might credit a sweet tooth for a 70-year-old Harford County woman’s lucky Lottery moment, but she’ll tell you it was a voice from above. Whatever drove her to visit a neighborhood convenience store recently and try an instant ticket may just be responsible for her $10,000 Betty Boop scratch-off win.

The mother of three, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of three, said she buys lottery tickets once in a blue moon – whenever the feeling strikes her. Happily for her, that “feeling” came over her recently at the Royal Farms at 742 South Philadelphia Avenue in Aberdeen.

“I went there for a snack, and right before I left, the feeling hit me: ‘Why not get a lottery ticket while I’m here?’” she said.

Her late husband often prodded her to buy tickets, so she attributed the “feeling” to a nudge from above. Cementing that belief was the Betty Boop ticket that was front and center in the store’s lottery display.

“My husband loved Betty Boop so I know where the feeling came from,” she said.

She took the $2 ticket home to scratch it, and was absolutely stunned by the prize amount.

“I sat and stared at it for 10 minutes,” she said. “Just unbelievable.”

Visiting her neighbors to share the good news and confirm that she wasn’t seeing things, she was quite a sight.

“I looked like a zombie when I stepped in their house,” she said. “I think they were concerned at first.”

The lucky winner said she will pay bills with her Betty Boop winnings.

“This makes life much easier for me, it comes in very handy,” she said, adding that she barely slept the night after her big moment, but has been relaxed ever since. “It’s been a great week for me.”

The Betty Boop ticket launched in July, and there are still two $10,000 top prizes waiting to be found at Lottery retailers across the state, along with six $1,000 prizes.