Filling the Gas Tank Fills Scratch-off Fan’s Bank Account

Frederick County woman claims game’s $100,000 top prize

A family roofing business in Frederick County saw its revenue rise significantly this week when the wife, who is the chief financial officer, took on the Maryland Lottery as a “partner.” The 42-year-old detailed the merger when she visited Lottery headquarters with a top-prize winning $100,000 Crossword scratch-off purchased the previous day. The once-or-twice-a-week player had, it seems, picked the exact right time to play!

“We were heading to a job and needed to gas up the truck,” the Myersville resident told Lottery officials. The crew stopped at AC&T #270 in Smithsburg. “The station had Lottery tickets and, more importantly, the crossword game. When I play, it’s almost always a crossword ticket.”

Late in the afternoon, she found time to play her $10 game. “When I saw the $100,000, I was positive that I was seeing things, so I checked it on my Lottery app. I was so flustered that I almost dropped my phone and then almost fell out of the truck.”

Even with the electronic confirmation, she didn’t truly believe that good fortune had come their way. “My husband warned me to not get too excited, that this kind of thing never really happens to people.” As soon as she received the only confirmation that she’d fully believe – a “thumbs up” from the Lottery’s Customer Resource Center employee – she wasted no time calling husband with the news.

The Frederick County couple plans to visit car showrooms in upcoming weeks to expand the company/family’s fleet, thanks to the big win. Their lucky retailer is also a winner! Located at 22507 Jefferson Boulevard in Washington County, the company earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the top-prize scratch-off in the game. The $100,000 Crossword game – a favorite of more than just our Myersville wife and mother – debuted in November and has so far shared five of its $100,000 top prizes. Three remain available, along with nine $10,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000.