“Peacock,” a loyal Maryland Lottery player from Thurmont, plans to use part of her $100,000 scratch-off prize to update her home in preparation for a move to Italy.
‘Peacock’ scores $100,000 using special coin from re-enactment
A medieval re-enactor from Thurmont scratches off instant tickets using a special coin created at a re-enactment to honor the queen. On that day, the player’s wife portrayed the queen, which gives the queen coin souvenir extra significance. That very coin was the perfect tool to use on a Royal Cash Fortune instant ticket, which yielded its $100,000 top prize.
Her Lottery routine is part of the fun for the anonymous player, who is going by the nickname “Peacock” for purposes of telling her winning tale. Her usual method is to buy two consecutive instant tickets and scratch them both. If she doesn’t win, she’ll buy a third game and then call it quits.
At the time of her big win, “Peacock” was scratching off instant tickets at Wegmans #54 at 7830 Wormens Mill Road in Frederick. The Western Maryland store shares in her good fortune, collecting a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off.
Having scored the prize a week before claiming it at Lottery headquarters, “Peacock” and her partner celebrated early. They already purchased Apple watches and started making upgrades to their home. They’re planning to sell in two years and move to Italy.
“Peacock” says the prize “frees up some other money in savings.” She plans to use the funds to cover the cost of adding a rental car to a previously planned vacation to Maine. Some of the winnings will also replenish money “Peacock” spent on a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle she bought for her 75th birthday.
Her lucky $10 game still has plenty of prizes awaiting discovery. Players can try to find four more unclaimed $100,000 top prizes, 18 $10,000 prizes and 31 remaining $1,000 prizes.