Itch to Play Results in $50,000 Scratch-Off Win

Baltimore Woman Claims Lucky Times 20 Prize

Deanna Nuckles - Lucky Times 20Deanna Nuckles loves Maryland Lottery scratch-offs. The Baltimore City resident typically plays for a couple of weeks and will then stop for a period of time. Yesterday, she was itching to play and so she stopped at Bernie’s Liquors on her way home from work to purchase a few tickets.

The 41-year-old bought several and proceeded to scratch them in the store. She was nearly finished when she revealed her Lucky Times 20 win. “I thought I’d won $20,” said Deanna. “Then the store clerk scratched the amount.” Much to Deanna’s surprise and delight, she was told that she was actually $50,000 richer. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. I never thought I’d win that kind of money.’”

Deanna, who was accompanied to Lottery Headquarters by her husband Kenneth, described her emotions as “overwhelmed and excited.” The mother-of-one immediately called her spouse to share the good news, all the while remaining unconvinced of her win. “I just kept looking at the ticket over and over again. I didn’t think it was real.”

Now, with the win confirmed, Deanna intends to use the prize money to pay for her son’s college course and her and her sister’s credit card bills. She will invest the rest or perhaps use some of the money to update the house. Husband Kenneth is urging her to take a portion to take a vacation. Travel plans remain unconfirmed as Deanna said, “I want to be cautious. That money goes fast.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Bernie’s Liquors, located at 2509 Washington Blvd., in Baltimore.