Itchy Feeling Leads ‘Lucky Lady’ to $50,000 Scratch-off Win

This “Lucky Lady” from Randallstown found her way to a $50,000 prize in the 24 Karat Gold game.

Randallstown school employee finds top prize in 24 Karat Gold game

Some may scoff, calling it a superstition or a coincidence, but the fact is a Randallstown resident’s itchy palm did lead her to a $50,000 top-prize scratch-off win. Our “Lucky Lady,” who loves playing all Maryland Lottery offerings, is enjoying the biggest prize that ever came her way.

Her winning moment occurred on a Friday night, when the weather was hot and sticky and it was the end of a difficult week. When she arrived home, the 56-year-old did not intend to go out to buy a Lottery scratch-off, let alone the 24 Karat Gold instant ticket that would soon change her fortunes.

“I was just settling in, finally relaxing,” the wife, mother and school employee told Lottery officials, “when my palm started to itch.” Having eliminated medical possibilities – poison ivy, bug bite, etc. – she concluded that money was on the way to her. “I know people will laugh, that it’s a silly superstition, but I couldn’t get it out of my mind.”

“Lucky Lady” dragged herself to the first Lottery retailer she could find. At Old Court Sunoco located at 8535 Liberty Road in Randallstown, she played a round of Keno. “I didn’t even come close to a win, so I used the change from those two tickets to get two $5 scratch-offs. I picked the ticket that I’ve had a lot of luck with recently, 24 Karat Gold, and took them out to the car.”

Our Baltimore County winner discovered her prize almost immediately. “I saw the gold bar which meant a win, so I was happy. Then I saw the $50,000 beneath it and sent a big ‘Thank You!’ heavenward.”

“Lucky Lady” noted that she was surprised by her low-key reaction to the big win. The response when her husband and her sister learned the news, however, was anything but subdued.

“It was like an explosion,” she said. “We had so much fun celebrating.”

The $50,000 prize will first go toward wiping out debt and then toward family and friends in need. The management at Old Court Sunoco are also smiling, having earned a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.

The 24 Karat Gold game debuted in April, and six of its $50,000 top prizes remain unclaimed along with eight $5,000 second-tier prizes and more than 675,000 others ranging from $5 to $1,000.