Lucky Grandmother Wins $50,000 Bonus Match 5 Top Prize

Lottery Win Will Go Toward Upcoming Trip to Africa

When the scanner at a Maryland Lottery retailer directed a Laurel woman to take her Bonus Match 5 ticket to Lottery headquarters, the happy winner figured she’d won a “decent” prize. She sure had! Her numbers in the Thursday, March 20 drawing won the game’s top prize of $50,000!

The lucky woman’s adult daughter, who accompanied her to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, said they had even tried to cash the ticket at an Agent Plus retailer before coming to the city. These retailers can redeem winning tickets up to $5,000.

“The eyes of the woman working at the store got big when she scanned the ticket before she handed it back to my mom and said it was worth $50,000,” the daughter said, laughing.

Her mom told Lottery officials that she hid the ticket in her bible for safekeeping until she could claim her prize. “It’s been in there all weekend,” she said.

The grandmother-of-one already had a trip planned to Africa and plans to enjoy spending the money during her travels. “I’ve had the trip back home planned for a while,” she said. “It will be nice to have a little more money while I’m visiting.”

Lady luck struck at the New Hampshire Avenue Liquors located at 6501 New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park.