Prince George’s County resident claims top prize on ticket purchased two weeks ago
A Prince George’s County woman and one of her granddaughters took a drive to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore on Jan. 26 to turn in something very important — a $50,000-winning Hot Hand scratch-off ticket.
The 84-year-old Temple Hills resident purchased a few scratch-offs two weeks ago at the Giant Food Store located at 7074 Allentown Rd. in Camp Springs. She took the tickets home from the store and scratched them there.
“When I got to the Hot Hand scratch-off and saw how much I won, I couldn’t believe it,” the retiree said. “My daughter was nearby and I yelled to her to come and take a look.”
Although she’s an avid Lottery player, the largest prize she’d won previously came on a slot machine in Atlantic City, when she took home $10,000. Since the $50,000 prize was much larger than anything she had won before, the happy winner wasn’t quite sure where to cash the ticket. After some research, she learned that it had to be cashed at the Customer Resource Center at the Lottery’s Baltimore headquarters.
The lucky lady isn’t sure what she is going to do with the prize and has only told her immediate family. The Giant store will receive a $500 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The $5 Hot Hand game was launched last April and still has two of its $50,000 top prizes waiting to be found at Lottery retailers across the state. The ticket also still has one more $10,000 prize.