Oliver Beach Resident Wins Top Prize on Big Money Mega Play Scratch-Off
Yesterday afternoon, Anna Belle Davis had a hankering for some mint chocolate chip ice cream. When the Oliver Beach resident made a trip to her local Royal Farms store to buy some she was disappointed to find they were all out of her favorite frozen confection. She then decided to indulge in a different pleasure, a Maryland Lottery scratch-off. “I couldn’t get my ice cream, so I decided to buy three scratch-offs from the Instant Ticket Vending machine,” said the exuberant winner. That lucky turn of events would result in a $1 million windfall for the 52-year-old leasing agent, who was accompanied to Lottery Headquarters by her husband, Rick and nephew, Scott.
“I picked this game because of the $1 million top prize,” she told officials, “I always like to go for the biggest prizes.” Taking it home to play, Anna Belle scratched the ticket with her “lucky quarter.” She saw she had a match, and then scratched the prize amount. “When I saw all those zeros I couldn’t believe it, I just started screaming.” Rick, a truck driver, came in to check on her and helped calm things down long enough to confirm that they were $1 million richer.
The couple plans to pay bills and invest some of their winnings. While a long-overdue vacation may be in their immediate plans, the biggest joy they’ll get from the win is the knowledge that they won’t be working forever; that there is a relaxing retirement in their future. “It won’t be happening soon, but to know that it will be happening eventually is wonderful,” said a glowing Anna Belle. The lucky Big Money Mega Play ticket was purchased from the Royal Farms convenience store, located at 12545 Eastern Ave. in Chase.
An exuberant Anna Belle Davis shows off her $1 million win.