Pasadena Retiree Still Shaking Over $100,000 Scratch-off Win

Takes last top prize on Maryland Lottery Cash Blast Scratch-off

Cash BlastA retired hospital employee’s bank account is getting a major cash infusion, thanks to the Pasadena woman’s win of the last $100,000 top prize remaining on a Maryland Lottery Cash Blast scratch-off ticket.

A scratch-off player for more years than she can count, the woman almost didn’t buy the Cash Blast ticket on Friday because it cost $10. “It was so expensive,” she said, comparing it to the price of her typical scratch-offs. When she opened her purse, though, to get money out to buy a ticket, the surprised woman spotted only a $5 bill and a $10 bill.

“I just can’t explain it,” she said, smiling. “I stood there looking up at the ticket. It was like that ticket was talking to me. Why would I pay $10 for a ticket? I just can’t explain the feeling.”

Trusting her intuition, she bought the Cash Blast ticket, scratched it in the store, saw that she was a winner and started shaking.

“I put my glasses on and looked at the ticket and took them off. I did that three or four times, just looking at the ticket. I was shaking so badly,” she said, remembering the moment. “I said to myself, ‘This can’t be right.’ I just kept shaking so badly.”

The lucky woman asked the clerk to check her ticket and he confirmed her win. “He got a big grin on his face,” she said.

When our winner got home and shared her news with her husband, who is a retired graphic artist, he was dubious. “I believe her now,” he told Lottery officials.

The Pennsylvania native has won big once before with the Maryland Lottery, when she nabbed $5,000 on a scratch-off. This time, they haven’t told their adult children and grandchildren about the win and probably will not do so. They plan to pay their debts with the winnings and quietly bank the rest for their retirement years.

Our winner found her luck at Plaza Liquors at 4125 Mountain Road in Pasadena.