Retired Chevy Chase Teacher Chalks up $100,000 Scratch-off Win

Claiming top prize on Bankroll Buck$ game leaves player feeling lucky

On a whim, a retired teacher from Chevy Chase bought two $10 scratch-offs during a recent gas station stop. The result was a $100,000 top-prize win on the Bankroll Buck$ game.

“I was just lucky,” she said, sharing the story of her win after claiming her prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. Her story begins when she made her Lottery purchase at Kensington Liberty in Kensington.

When she arrived home, the 75-year-old scratched off the first instant ticket. The Montgomery County resident set that non-winning scratch-off aside and began working on the second game, checking carefully to see if any of the play area numbers matched the winning numbers. The lone match was 12 (also the day of the month of her husband’s birth). “Twelve is my lucky number now!” she said.

Beneath the 12 on her game, she revealed a dollar symbol, a 1 and then a series of zeros. “At first I thought it was $10,” she said, noting that she soon realized it was actually a lot more.

“I just won $100,000!” she exclaimed to her husband. “Are you sure?” came the answer. She checked again and said, “Oh my God! How lucky can I be?”

Happily married for decades, the winner is long retired and financially secure. She has no immediate plans for her prize, although she is happy about the opportunity the extra cash provides. The winner plans to check with a financial adviser on investment options and may revive plans for a vacation with friends that got canceled because of COVID-19 closings. Two other ideas involve jewelry and helping an out-of-state relative.

Also in the money is Kensington Liberty at 10550 Connecticut Avenue in Kensington. For selling a $100,000 top-prize winning scratch-off, the Montgomery County retailer will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.