Cambridge Woman Takes Home $30,000 Cinema Cash Prize

Wins Top Prize on Movie-Themed Scratch-Off

Lillian Pinder - Cinema CashLillian Pinder has played the Lottery for as long as she can remember.  She has also had a distaste for popcorn for an even longer time.  Pinder’s aversion to popcorn, though, didn’t prevent her from “ordering” three popcorn-themed Cinema Cash scratch-off tickets – and this order came with a $30,000 prize.

The 75-year-old mother-of-five, who was accompanied to Lottery Headquarters by her son, plays the Lottery every day and generally favors scratch-off tickets.  She’s won some smaller prizes before, but never a prize even close to this size.  “I did as I always do and scratched the tickets in the store,” Pinder said.  “As soon as I realized I’d won, I said ‘it’s about time!”

Pinder, a nursing assistant, plans to put the money toward repairs on her home and save the rest.  She will commemorate her big win by taking her family out for a celebratory dinner.  “I’m always with my family and wouldn’t celebrate any other way.”  The winning ticket was purchased at Short Stop, located at 911 Washington St. in Cambridge.

With 92 percent of the Cinema Cash scratch-off sold, one $30,000 top prize still remains.  Players can also enter a second-chance contest by mailing in two non-winning Cinema Cash tickets.  For details, visit