Baltimore woman wins $100,000
She waited more than a week to claim her prize, so sure was she that her scratch-off win couldn’t be real. Those fears were set aside on Feb. 3, however, when the 54-year-old mother of two visited Lottery headquarters to claim a $100,000 prize.
“I get this feeling every once in a while, a lucky feeling,” the lab supervisor said as she explained her late-January purchase of a Gold Hard Cash scratch-off ticket. “And I started something new last year. Whenever I get that feeling, I get seven tickets.”
That new strategy, after many months of tests with varying results, has now produced an undeniably successful result – a $100,000 top-prize win.
The Baltimore mom hasn’t been sleeping too well since discovering her good fortune among those seven scratch-off tickets.
“At first I couldn’t sleep because I was sure that I was reading the ticket wrong,” she said. “And then, when I finally really believed it, I’d stay up at night thinking about what to do with the money.”
She became the second person to claim a top prize on the $10 Gold Hard Cash game, which debuted last September. Four more $100,000 prizes remain on the ticket, which also has four $10,000 prizes waiting to be found at Lottery retailers across the state.
Our winner plans to take care of several major home improvement projects and then do some travelling – preferably somewhere warm.
“I’ll probably do something for my neighbors, also,” she said. “I must have scared the heck out of them on the night I scratched my ticket. All that screaming and running around. I was a mess.”
She bought the winning ticket at the Harbor Market and Deli, located at 100 St. Paul Street in Baltimore. For selling the top-prize ticket, the retailer will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery.