Happy Winner Hugs Store Clerk after $50,000 Scratch-off Win

Landover woman claims top prize on Holiday Riches game

A 75-year-old Prince George’s County resident was so intrigued when she saw the green Holiday Riches scratch-off featuring a gift tied up in a red bow that she purchased three of the $5 games. The Landover woman then unwrapped a $50,000 top-prize winner just in time for the holidays.

The lucky player made her holidays instantly merrier by purchasing the game at Landover Hills Exxon. The loyal customer frequently visits the Prince George’s County retailer to buy her Lottery games.

On the day of her lucky purchase, the player scanned the prize check area on her instant tickets while in the store. The first two scratch-offs were non-winners, but the third one gave her the surprise of her life.

“I was so in shock I had to hold my chest,” the happy woman said. In her excitement and joy, she also shared a big hug with one of the store clerks. She later called a few family members to share the great news and reports that they reacted with excitement and disbelief.

A federal government retiree since 2007, the winner said she enjoys playing Lottery games and spending time at MGM National Harbor casino or Live! Casino & Hotel. She plans to use her winnings to boost her savings account, pay bills and provide financial assistance to a family member.

Landover Hills Exxon located at 6579 Annapolis Road in Landover will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for its role in selling a top-prize winning scratch-off worth $50,000. The Holiday Riches game went on sale Oct. 18 with eight $50,000 top prizes. This is the second top-prize win found on this instant ticket, leaving six $50,000 top prizes remaining as well as others ranging from $5 to $5,000.