One-Year Wedding Anniversary Marked by Second Major Lottery Prize

Lucky Brookeville newlyweds Nelson and Tais Daniela Mendes just claimed their second major scratch-off prize of 2017.

Lucky wife finds $10,000 win on 50x The Cash game

June is one lucky month for Brookeville newlyweds Nelson and Tais Daniela Mendes, who will soon celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary and just claimed their second major Maryland Lottery scratch-off win of the year.

The lucky couple arrived at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore this week to claim a $10,000 prize on a 50x The Cash instant ticket. In February, they cashed in a $20,000 top-prize winning Ravens scratch-off. Both winning instant tickets came from the same Montgomery County Lottery retailer, too. Their lucky store is 7-Eleven #26881 located at 8035 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg.

“It was lunch time so I decided to stop by the 7-Eleven near my home to buy some lunch,” said Tais Daniela
Mendes. “I had a little bit of change left over so I figured I’d try a scratch-off. I like to try different tickets every so often so I bought a 50x The Cash scratch-off since I had never played it before.”

Tais Daniela took her $10 instant ticket home and put it on the counter. She almost forgot about it! “My kids reminded me that I hadn’t scratched it yet,” said the 40-year-old. “After I finished scratching the ticket, I could not believe that it was saying that, once again, I had won big playing the Maryland Lottery. I waited for Nelson to get home to make sure that I had won.”

Her happy husband couldn’t believe their luck. “To win one time is amazing but to win twice, this is just shocking,” said Nelson. “My wife is proving to be one of the luckiest people I know. This is just fantastic.”

Owners of a landscaping business, the Montgomery County couple plans to pay bills with the prize and host a few family gatherings to celebrate personal milestones. “It’s our one-year anniversary this month and the kids’ birthdays’ are coming up,” Tais Daniela said. “We’ll be having a lot of parties soon.”

The 50x The Cash instant ticket made its debut in January and still has four unclaimed $100,000 top prizes. Players can also hunt for five unclaimed $50,000 prizes, 13 more $10,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000. A member of the Lottery’s multiplier family of scratch-off games, the 50x The Cash game is joined by 5x The Cash, 10x The Cash, 20x The Cash and 100x The Cash scratch-offs.