Fort Washington Grandmother Finds $100,000 Lottery Surprise

This lucky Fort Washington grandmother never expected to find a $100,000 top-prize scratch-off win.

Second batch of scratch-offs yields top-prize win

Reinvesting her Lottery scratch-off winnings into a second purchase of instant tickets turned a Fort Washington grandmother into a $100,000 “Surprise Winner!”

The loyal scratch-off player was on her way home from work when she was passing by 7-Eleven #36880 in Suitland and remembered she had $80 worth of winning scratch-offs with her. “I thought, ‘I’ll stop here and cash them in,” said the 72-year-old. After claiming her prize, the mother of five reinvested $50 in several other games, including a $10 Power 8s scratch-off. She then continued on her way home.

The food service manager sat down in her kitchen to play her instant tickets. She likes to scratch them off from the bottom up. As she scratched off the Power 8s game, she came to the word “Power” under the column of symbols and saw the words “Win All” beneath it.

“I said, ‘Let me read this again,’ and I did and then I said, ‘This can’t be.’ I told my son, ‘I have to go back to the store.’” Within 45 minutes of her Power 8s purchase, “Surprise Winner” was back at the 7-Eleven staring at the message on the screen of the ticket checker. She won the game’s top prize!

“I was trying to be quiet because there were a lot of people in the store,” said “Surprise Winner.” “We went out to the car and went right home.”

She hid the lucky scratch-off in a Bible until she could claim her prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “Surprise Winner” arrived at Lottery headquarters with her daughter-in-law and a granddaughter by her side. The happy woman plans to pay off bills with her prize and boost her bank account.

Also getting a financial boost is her lucky retailer. The 7-Eleven located at 4910 Silver Hill Road in Suitland earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off. The Power 8s game still has plenty of unclaimed prizes. Players can look for another three $100,000 top prizes along with 10 $10,000 prizes and hundreds of thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000.