Cashier’s Suggestion Leads to Rosy Leap Day Scratch-off Win

Tierra Parson of Hagerstown tipped her cashier for her winning suggestion to play the Rose Gold game. The mother of four won $100,000!

Hagerstown player takes home $100,000 top prize on Rose Gold game

Life instantly became $100,000 richer on leap day for Tierra Parson of Hagerstown, who found the top prize on a Rose Gold scratch-off. The occasional Maryland Lottery scratch-off player was dropping off her son’s friend on Saturday night when Lady Luck guided her into a convenience store.

Tierra said she stopped at Sheetz #262 in Hagerstown to buy snacks before heading home. While there, the 37-year-old decided to buy a scratch-off.

“I asked the cashier what was a good game to play and she suggested the Rose Gold game because it was new,” said Tierra.

The Washington County Public Schools employee bought just one $10 Rose Gold game out of a Lottery vending machine to play later at home in her dining room. Tierra said she scratched the instant ticket backward, from the bottom to the top, revealing only her numbers first. She then looked to see if she matched any of her numbers to the winning numbers and immediately scratched the prize underneath the number. The lucky woman could not believe her eyes when she revealed a “brick symbol” and, below it, the $100,000 prize.

“I thought I didn’t have a winner at first because I had no matching numbers,” she said. “But then, I saw that brick and then a zero, then another, then another.”

Tierra, a married mother of four, started screaming and jumping up and down.

“My family came running down the steps to see what was wrong,” she said while enjoying her time in the Lottery Winner’s Circle. “I screamed, ‘I just won on a Lottery ticket!’”

Tierra’s husband Brian added, “I really thought something bad happened at first.”

After a few minutes, the family understood their life was $100,000 richer. Tierra used FaceTime to show her mother the winning instant ticket. And, even though it was late, she wanted to tell the cashier that she won the top prize on the scratch-off the clerk had suggested. “I drove back up there, showed her the ticket and gave her $100,” said Tierra. “If it wasn’t for her, I might have picked a different game.”

The lucky player kept her instant ticket with her for the rest of the weekend, carrying it everywhere she went until she claimed the $100,000 prize at Lottery headquarters. The Washington County resident plans to use her winnings to pay off some credit card debt and will save the rest for her children’s education.

Sheetz #262 is celebrating this win as well. For selling a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off, the Washington County store located at 1396 South Potomac Street will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.

The Rose Gold game went on sale statewide one week ago. This is the first $100,000 top prize claimed on the instant ticket, with eight top prizes remaining. In addition, players can look for 30 $10,000 prizes and hundreds of thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000.