Itchy Hand Premonition Leads to $50,000 Prize for Silver Spring Couple

Husband gives wife a winning Super Bonus Bucks scratch-off

A husband and wife from Silver Spring both experienced itchy hands one evening so the next day he bought a Super Bonus Bucks scratch-off and gave it to her. The premonition about winning was on the money because the instant ticket carried a $50,000 top prize.

The wife was still surprised a few days later when the pair stopped by Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the winnings. “I’ve never won anything before!” she said. “This is insane!”

The road to their big win started with the husband playing the new version of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, which recently added a casino feature. He enjoyed a good run in the simulated casino, which prompted him to ask her what she would do if she won a big jackpot.

“He asks me that all the time,” she said.

Later that night, when she said she had itchy hands, he responded by saying that he did, too. He still had winning on his mind the next day so he dropped her off at work and then made a Lottery stop en route to his place of employment. The husband checked in at Food Stop Mini Mart at 4820 Boiling Brook Parkway in Rockville to buy a $5 Super Bonus Bucks instant ticket. That evening, the husband presented the scratch-off to his wife and reminded her about the itchy hands they both experienced the night before. Amused, she scratched off the instant ticket and discovered it was worth a lot more than just a few laughs.

The unexpected $50,000 prize will enable the couple to pay down some debt, make some investments and take a vacation. The wife is particularly happy because she is in college studying to become a physician’s assistant. Although winning the money eases her mind, the thrill of winning had her shaking even after she claimed her prize and headed home!

Food Stop Mini Mart also shares in the win. The store receives a $500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize, from the Lottery for selling a winning top-prize scratch-off.

The Super Bonus Bucks instant ticket jumped to the number 3 spot on the Maryland Lottery Top 40 Scratch-Offs chart after it went on sale in late June and stayed there for weeks. Six of the original eight $50,000 prizes remain unclaimed, along with nearly 950 prizes worth $500 to $5,000.