Montgomery County Woman Begins New Year a Millionaire

Wins $1,000,000 Gold Bar Bonus Top Prize

Gold Bar BonusA Germantown woman became the Maryland Lottery’s first millionaire of 2010.  The 51-year-old won the $1 million top prize on the new Gold Bar Bonus scratch-off.

The winner’s fiancé stopped at the store on Sunday to cash in $40 worth of winning tickets.  He then purchased two of the $20 Gold Bar Bonus scratch-offs.  When he got home, his fiancé scratched the tickets and revealed the big win.

“I started crying immediately,” said the winner, a Federal Employee.  “We were both numb!”  Her fiancé added, “You always hope to win, but you never really expect it.”

The win couldn’t have come at a better time.  The happy couple is moving into a new house this month, and can now indulge a little more.  The winner also plans to buy a new car and save some of the winnings.  “This win will allow us to live more comfortably, and hopefully help me retire early!”

When given the choice between the annuity and the cash option, the winner chose the latter.  The winning ticket was purchased at 5 Twelve Food Mart, located at 7001 Annapolis Rd. in Hyattsville.  Gold Bar Bonus, which launched last month, still has two remaining top prizes.