Holidays Arrive Early for Baltimore Grandmother

Wins $30,000 Top Prize on Winter Green Scratch-Off

Winter GreenA Baltimore grandmother is already in the holiday spirit.  The 74-year-old received three Winter Green scratch-offs from her grandson on Tuesday, one of which happened to be a top-prize winner. The grandson, who accompanied her to Lottery Headquarters to claim her $30,000 prize, said, “I’d won $40 on Pick 3, so I thought I’d get them for her.”

Part of the Lottery’s lineup of special holiday scratch-offs, the $3 ticket has a scratch-n-sniff feature with the winter green scent. “I chose that ticket because it was new,” said the grandson. “I thought maybe there’d be some fresh winners.” He then added, “She’s always taking care of me. It was my turn.”

The winner, who was alone when she discovered her good fortune, quickly called her benefactor with the news. When asked what her reaction was to the win, she simply said, “Unbelievable.” Her grandson was equally skeptical and wasn’t convinced they were $30,000 richer until receiving confirmation at Lottery Headquarters.

The happy twosome intends to save the winnings. “I see people really do win now,” said the grandson.  “Maybe she’ll give me at least a dollar,” he added. The winning ticket was purchased at Mel’s Corner, located at 225 E. Eutaw St. in Baltimore City.  There are still four $30,000 top prizes remaining on the Winter Green scratch-off ticket.