Lucky Winner Does Classic Crossword Dance

Trappe resident wins $10,000 on Maryland Lottery scratch-off

216-Classic-Crossword-ITVM_P1-pinkThe latest winner of a $10,000 prize in the Maryland Lottery’s Classic Crossword scratch-off game was stricken with a case of disbelief as she studied her winning ticket. It didn’t take very long before she was doing a dance.

The 60-year-old Trappe resident was sitting in her house when she scratched two Classic Crossword instant tickets last week. The first $5 scratch-off from the 7-Eleven in Easton was a $5 winner. But as she scratched the second ticket, she realized it was going to pay a whole lot more than $5.

“All of a sudden, I was looking and I was getting a lot of letters,” she recalled. “I knew I was looking good.”

After she counted a total of nine words on her ticket – the number required to win a $10,000 prize on Classic Crossword – she was looking more than good.

“I got up and did a little dance,” said the Talbot County resident. “My husband was outside and I went to show him. I counted up the words again to make sure. It was overwhelming.”

“I didn’t believe her at first,” her husband said. “It was hard to believe. I said, ‘Show it to me,’ and I looked, and … wow!”

The lucky winner put the ticket in a safe place in her bedroom until she and her husband could make the trip across the Bay Bridge to Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim their prize. The couple has two children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. The winner added that she enjoys playing scratch-off tickets, but had never won more than $50 before. She plans to put the money in the bank and save it.

She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven #18677 at 410 North Washington St. in Easton. Classic Crossword launched in July, and all four of its $50,000 top prizes are still unclaimed. The ticket also has 11 $10,000 prizes waiting to be claimed.