Lottery Luck Answers Pasadena Waitress’ Call for Cash

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Glenda Walker of Pasadena, known to Cookie’s Kitchen diners as Mrs. Kay, won $10,000 on a Maximum Jackpot scratch-off.

Mrs. Kay caps off weeks of multiple wins with $10,000 scratch-off prize

A waitress at Cookie’s Kitchen in Pasadena who has served meals to generations of customers called to the heavens to fill her purse with cash – and Lottery luck answered.

Glenda Walker of Pasadena, who is known to her customers as Mrs. Kay, just capped off a series of scratch-off wins with a $10,000 prize on the Maryland Lottery’s Maximum Jackpot game. She confesses that she had her doubts when a relative suggested that the 67-year-old widow try a superstitious remedy to solve her need for cash. All she had to do, the relative said, was take her purse outside on the night of the full moon, open it and hold it up to the sky while asking three times for help filling her purse with money.

“I am so superstitious,” said Mrs. Kay. She performed the ritual four or five months running and nothing happened until June. Her niece has a wedding in Ohio she wants to attend and her bank account needs a boost. Playing Lottery scratch-offs is only a pastime, she said, so imagine her surprise when all of sudden, after performing the ritual, the wins came regularly on her $5, $10 and $20 instant tickets.

Two weeks ago, she won $500 on a scratch-off. A $200 prize came her way last week and then another $50 prize. The clerks who sell her the scratch-offs are enjoying her outstanding run of luck, too. “Every time I win I tip somebody because that’s good luck,” she said.

The mother of two adult daughters won big this week after visiting the Royal Farms store at 8551 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. She took her Maximum Jackpot instant ticket to her car, scratched it off and revealed a mind-boggling batch of $500 prizes.

“I thought it was a mistake,” she said. “I’m looking at it and I said, ‘This is not right. All the numbers couldn’t be $500.’”

She returned to the store and asked her favorite clerk, “Miss Helen,” to help determine the prize amount. Sure enough, the ticket scanner directed the waitress of 30 years at Cookie’s Kitchen to come to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim her prize.

“I said, ‘I can’t believe I hit it this time!’” said Mrs. Kay. “My kids say I’ve got a horseshoe stuck somewhere.”

For now, she plans to put her prize into the bank and set some aside for the Ohio wedding trip. Her nest egg will not entice her to retire yet, Mrs. Kay said, because she truly loves seeing her customers and working at Cookie’s Kitchen.

Mrs. Kay didn’t tap all of the prizes on the $10 Maximum Jackpot scratch-off. The game still has five $100,000 top prizes and 18 more $10,000 prizes along with more than 400,000 prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000.