Annapolis mom claims Gold Bar Bingo top prize
She plays a lot, an Anne Arundel County woman told Maryland Lottery officials, and she wins a lot, too. However, even that lucky track record didn’t prepare her for the range of emotions that she experienced when encountering a $50,000 top-prize winning scratch-off. “I still don’t believe this.”
The Annapolis resident stopped in at the Shell station at 537 Benfield Road in Severna Park to buy gas for her car and a scratch-off for herself. “I won $500 with Gold Bar Bingo a few weeks ago so that’s the one I chose.”
Playing her $5 Gold Bar Bingo instant ticket in the store, the retired U.S. Postal Service worker soon found herself unable to think, to breathe or to do anything.
“I was excited. I was scared. I was numb. It was just the last thing I expected,” she said, of seeing what appeared to be a $50,000 winning scratch-off in her hand. “I asked the cashier to look at it and I asked him, ‘Is this real?’”
The happy player plans to use her prize to send her son and daughter-in-law on the honeymoon they postponed for a long time. “It’ll make me so happy that they will finally get to relax and celebrate together,” she said. The 65-year-old also plans to close out some debts.
Gold Bar Bingo hit retailers’ shelves back in December. Two more of its $50,000 top prizes remain in circulation as well as three $10,000 prizewinners. Also in the Winner’s Circle is the Lottery retailer. Benfield Shell in Severna Park will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off.