Odenton Woman Wins $100,000 and Plans to Keep it Secret

Proceeds from scratch-off score likely going into savings

Torn between wanting to be sure she had a big winner and wanting to keep that big win a secret, a Maryland Lottery player from Odenton decided to get a second pair of eyes on her ticket.

She showed her $100,000 Crossword scratch-off to her husband, who confirmed the ticket was a $100,000 winner. That was on Nov. 21. By the time the pair claimed the prize on Nov. 25, they hadn’t told another soul.

Quiet but happy, the 39-year-old winner said she enjoys playing crossword-style games, and enjoys scratch-off tickets.

“They’re quick and easy and I don’t have to wait,” she explained.

The lucky winner bought the ticket at the Giant grocery store (#2311) at 1155 Annapolis Road in Odenton and waited until she was in her car to scratch it. She was astonished by what she saw and decided it was worth having her husband take a look at it.

Moving forward, she expects to remain incognito about the win, adding that she will be especially thankful this Thanksgiving. Her only real plan for the money: “Keep it secret.”

For selling a top-prize-winning $100,000 Crossword scratch-off ticket, the Giant store receives a bonus of $1,000. The $10 ticket launched in August, and five of its eight $100,000 top prizes remain unclaimed. The ticket also still has 17 unclaimed $10,000 prizes and thousands of additional prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000.