Sara Alvarado Ayala of Beltsville (center) turned her routine into a winner with a Black Pearl 7s scratch-off. Her sister Maria Santos and brother-in-law Noel accompanied her to claim her prize.
Claims top prize on the Black Pearl 7s game
A single Black Pearl 7s scratch-off bought before work led to a $7,777 top prize for Sara Alvarado Ayala of Beltsville, who is glad she followed her routine for playing Maryland Lottery games.
The construction worker reports that she always buys a scratch-off or two before work. On Saturday, she visited 7-Eleven #11657 located at 6001 Arbor Street in Landover and scratched a Black Pearl 7s instant ticket in the store. She’s won small amounts on this particular game but the 41-year-old was astonished to see all of the 7’s appear on this lucky $2 scratch-off.
“I was so happy,” she said. The Prince George’s County resident confirmed her win with the cashier, who instructed her to claim her prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore.
Sara waited anxiously all weekend for Lottery offices to open Monday morning. She brought her sister, Maria Santos and brother-in-law, Noel Santos for support. “When she told us, we were so excited for her,” said Noel. “She really deserves this win,” said Maria.
The mother of three boys said she has no initial plans for her prize other than spending some of her winnings on a little fun and entertainment. The Black Pearl 7s scratch-off has eight $7,777 top prizes remaining and thousands of lower-tier prizes still in the game.