Crossword Scratch-off Fan Finds Perfect Word: Winner!

Claims $100,000 top prize on Big Play Crossword game

186-Big-Play-Crossword-ITVM_P2-blueA Pasadena mom who loves Maryland Lottery crossword scratch-offs found the perfect word while playing a Big Play Crossword instant ticket: Winner!

The beauty supplies employee is $100,000 richer, thanks to her top-prize win on the $10 game.

The 43-year-old found her Lottery luck at Putty Hill Liquors in Baltimore. “I bought a lot of them,” she said. “When I’ve got a lot of time I like to play them.”

Her husband was with her while she scratched off the tickets in the store. When she spotted the big winner, she was very excited but said she remained calm and quiet so no one would know about her win other than her husband. “I told him, ‘Shhh, don’t tell anybody,’ ” she said.

They hid the ticket at home in a secret place until they could claim their prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. The lucky winner plans to pay off her credit card bills and her car payment with her prize and then enjoy a shopping outing.

For selling the top-prize winning ticket, Putty Hill Liquors at 7938 Belair Road in Baltimore will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery. The Big Play Crossword scratch-off still has three unclaimed $100,000 top prizes awaiting discovery in Maryland stores.