Nottingham Family Scratch-off Tradition Leads to $50,000 Prize

After winning $50,000 on a Maryland Lottery Holiday Cash scratch-off, “Helpful Mom” of Nottingham plans to use the windfall to help her two children.

For decades, a Nottingham woman and her family have enjoyed playing Maryland Lottery scratch-offs, especially during the holiday season. They play just “for the fun and the dream,” she said. “It’s a big family tradition.”

This holiday season, however, their elusive dream came true on a $5 Holiday Cash instant ticket. “Helpful Mom” won the game’s top prize of $50,000!

The family especially enjoys playing holiday-themed tickets, such as Holiday Cash. The lucky player also picked up a smaller $8 win this holiday season on the $1 Holiday Pets game. The 66-year-old had received those instant tickets as a Christmas gift.

She and her husband plan to use the prize, which they claimed Jan. 3 at Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore, to financially help their two children. “Helpful Mom” and her husband also plan to celebrate their Lottery luck.

“We’ll probably have a nice dinner and she will have an adult beverage,” explained “Helpful Mom’s” lucky husband.

Sharing in the good fortune is the White Marsh Newsstand at 8200 Perry Hall Boulevard in White Marsh Mall. For selling a top-prize winning scratch-off, the store earns a bonus of $500, equal to 1 percent of the prize.

After “Helpful Mom’s” win, the Holiday Cash game has two more top-prize winning scratch-offs awaiting discovery along with thousands of others worth $5 to $5,000.

The Holiday Cash game is a member of a family of holiday-themed scratch-offs that offer players ways to win big. Simply enter non-winning holiday scratch-offs into the Holiday Cash & Dash second-chance promotion. Players can try to win a trip to Chicago for a 90-second warehouse dash, cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 or $300 in scratch-offs. Enter the promotion through My Lottery Rewards.