Loyal Player, Lottery Retailer Celebrate $50,000 Scratch-off Win

Boarmans Winner - Black_webLottery retailer George Boarman III (right) joins a lucky scratch-off player to celebrate her $50,000 win on a Black ticket she bought at his family-run store in Highland.

Howard County woman finds luck with Black instant ticket

A loyal Maryland Lottery scratch-off player and her Lottery retailer were so excited about her $50,000 win on the Black instant ticket they came together to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim her prize.

The Howard County resident was simply feeling lucky on April 27 when she bought the ticket at Boarman’s Old-Fashioned Meat Market in Highland. She won $20 playing Keno that morning and decided to use the cash to buy the $20 Black ticket. She couldn’t believe her eyes when she scratched off the ticket.

“I thought someone played a joke on me,” she said. “I took it to a co-worker to look at to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I thought it was going to be $5,000, and he said, ‘You’d better look again.’ ”

The 50-year-old Highland resident said her last big win was $300 playing Keno. She claimed her prize the same day she scratched her way to good fortune. Accompanying her was George Boarman III, representing her lucky Lottery retailer Boarman’s Old-Fashioned Meat Market in Highland. This historic store has operated at 13402 Clarksville Pike since 1955. George Boarman II and grandson George Boarman III run the store.

The happy winner said she had no special plans for her windfall other than paying bills and setting aside money for her retirement.

The Black scratch-off game launched Nov. 24, 2014, and all three of its $1 million top prizes are still unclaimed. There also are three $50,000 prizes still available.