Hagerstown Grandma Wins First $100,000 Ravens X5 Prize of the Season

Plans to ‘live more comfortably’ thanks to score

Overwhelmed by emotion to the point of tears, a Maryland Lottery player from Hagerstown expressed her extreme happiness at having won $100,000 on the new Ravens X5 scratch-off.

“I was joking with my husband and said, ‘What would we do if we won $100,000?’” she recalled on Aug. 28 after claiming the game’s top prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. Her husband, at her side during the claims process, offered his observation: “Live more comfortably.”

The two raised five children together and have 12 grandchildren. They anticipate giving each of them something special from their winnings. After that, they will ensure their retirement remains happy and healthy.

The 70-year-old has enjoyed playing the Lottery for many years and also is a fan of the Baltimore Ravens. Although her passion for the team has subsided in recent years, the Western Maryland winner remains a fan and was intrigued when this season’s Ravens scratch-off games hit stores on Aug. 21.

She was shopping at Weis Markets #081 at 31 Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown shortly after the game’s release when, as the winner put it, “Something told me to go play the machine.”

The Washington County resident purchased four of the new $5 Ravens X5 tickets (the other new related game is a $2 Ravens X2), and took them home. She scratched the first one and realized immediately that she had matched numbers for a $100,000 top-prize win.

It’s far and away her biggest Lottery prize, she said, although over the years she has pocketed occasional scores in the $100 to $500 range.

She discovered the first of seven available $100,000 top prizes in the game. The game also has 15 prizes at the $10,000 level and hundreds of thousands of others ranging from $5 to $1,000.

Non-winning tickets from the two Ravens scratch-off games are eligible for entry into a special category of Ravens second-chance drawings. Prizes include $10,000 cash, traveling with the team to the away game in Jacksonville, Fla., or even a chance at Ravens season tickets for 20 years.