First to claim top prize on new In The Money scratch-off game
She prepares taxes for work and plays scratch-off games for fun, a Baltimore resident told Lottery officials. She still appeared stunned a full week after a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off came her way but her profession has prepared her well for being on the receiving end of a Lottery windfall.
“I play just about every day,” the 60-ish certified public accountant explained. “It’s always a lot of fun for me, especially when I win.”
Although she’s won as much as $500 several times over the years, these happy Lottery experiences in no way prepared her for seeing the $100,000 prize appear on her In the Money instant ticket.
“I couldn’t believe it.” A friend suggested that she go to the nearest Lottery retailer to confirm her good luck. “I was shaking as I ran the ticket through the scanner. When the $100,000 appeared, I let out a little scream!”
The tax deadline is weeks away, making this a very busy time of the year for people in her line of work. Our winner had to wait a week to visit Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. “It was nerve-wracking, having to hold the ticket for so long.” So far, she has made few plans for her winnings.
She purchased the $100,000 top-prize winning In The Money scratch-off from Discount Cigarettes at 5716 Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park. Management there will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize winner.
The In The Money game debuted late last month with eight $100,000 top prizes. Seven remain, as well as all 11 of the $10 game’s $20,000 second-tier prizes and 26 $10,000 prizes.