Pasadena Woman Scratches Big Dollars on New Year’s Day

Pasadena player “Pengywin” took home the second $50,000 top prize on the newly launched “$” (Dollar Sign) scratch-off.

Lucky lady claims $50,000 top prize on “$” (Dollar Sign) scratch-off game

An Anne Arundel County woman, who likes to play newly launched scratch-off tickets, bought a new Lottery game on New Year’s Day and walked away $50,000 richer.

“Pengywin”, a nickname she chose to use, was with her husband at EZ Quick Food Market on Monday when the desire came across to play some scratch-offs. She initially was going to pass on purchasing tickets because the store was crowded. But, the Lottery vending machine opened up and she decided to stay.

“I stepped right up and bought two “$” (Dollar Sign) tickets,” said Pengywin. “I love the newer scratch-offs and always buy new.” The “$” (Dollar Sign) ticket just hit stores on December 28.

“Pengywin” scratched her tickets later that night. She started with the “Bonus” section, which revealed, “Please try again”. Then, she moved down to the game play area which is where she saw the $50,000 top prize.

“I had to do a double take,” she said. “I had to scan it with my phone to be sure.”

The big win was confirmed and the excited player immediately shared the news with her mother.

“I knew she would win one day,” said the winner’s mother, who accompanied her to claim the prize at Lottery headquarters on Friday.

“Pengywin” then woke her husband up to show him the “Congratulations” message on her phone. Half asleep, he was not convinced until she showed him the actual winning ticket the next day.

The winner told Lottery Officials that she has no immediate plans for her winnings. Her lucky Lottery retailer, EZ Quick Food Market located at 231 Mountain Road in Pasadena, also wins. The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off.

This is the second “$” (Dollar Sign) top prize win since its launch. There are now six $50,000 top-prizes remaining. Fourteen $5,000 prizes and 24 $1,000 prizes are still left on the game, as well as hundreds of thousands of prizes ranging from $5 to $500.