Cumberland Restaurant Worker Serves Up $50,000 Surprise

Cumberland restaurant worker Jana Northcraft celebrates her $50,000 You Win scratch-off prize!

Claims top prize on You Win scratch-off

Last Thursday, Jana Northcraft of Cumberland purchased two You Win scratch-offs at Parkview Liquors and took them home to scratch, never imaging she was holding a $50,000 top-prize winner in her hands.

“The first ticket I scratched was the big winner,” said the 19-year-old restaurant server. “When I saw how much I won, I showed my mom. Neither of us believed it.”

Jana went back to the store to confirm her win, signed the back of the instant ticket and locked it in a safe until Monday, when she came to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim her prize. The excited Allegany County winner plans to pay off some of her car loan, but isn’t sure what she’ll do with the rest of her winnings.

For selling the top-prize winning ticket, Parkview Liquors at 82 Green St. in Cumberland will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery. The $5 You Win scratch-off, which launched in August, has two $50,000 top prizes remaining and 10 $5,000 prizes along with thousands of other ranging from $5 to $1,000.