Carroll County Nurse Dons ‘Poker Face’ after $100,000 Scratch-off Win

Claims Cash Club game’s first top prize  

Stopping for coffee and a scratch-off on the way to work Friday morning put a Mt. Airy resident in the right place at the right time to add a $100,000 Lottery check to her savings.

The Carroll County nurse’s purchase of the new Cash Club instant ticket, which is a new November game, got her weekend off to an anxious beginning. That nervous excitement, however, soon turned to relief and joy.

The 53-year-old is a regular at the lucky Mt. Airy Shell station that played a role in her big win. “I get a ticket three, maybe four times a week when I’m heading to work,” she said. “I like all the games, but this morning I just felt like a scratcher.”

The winner selected the $10 instant ticket because she hadn’t seen the game before. In her office later, she discovered just what fate had in store for her. “I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I studied the thing. Once, twice, three times. It was unreal.” On a break, she rushed to a nearby Maryland Lottery retailer to check the instant ticket and was sure she would be disappointed.

“I scanned it and there it was — $100,000!” The happy winner returned to work, putting on her best poker face. “I asked for some time off and headed straight to Lottery headquarters.”

Our inaugural winner of Cash Club’s $100,000 top prize will pay off some bills and put the rest of her prize in the bank. She plans to keep to the play pattern that delivered her big win, too. The Cash Club game is still packed with prizes. Players can look for eight more $100,000 top prizes and 27 $10,000 prizes along with others ranging from $10 to $1,000.

Also celebrating is Mt. Airy Shell located at 649 Lake View Drive. The Frederick County business will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize scratch-off in the game.