Salisbury Woman Nails First Top Prize on Popular Scratch-Off

“Yeyo” from Salisbury’s slow day at work turns into a heart-racing winning day when she scratched her way to a $150,000 top prize.

Fortunate player takes home $150,000 playing the $150,000 Extreme scratch-off

An Eastern Shore woman is counting her lucky dollars today after winning the first $150,000 top prize on the $150,000 Extreme scratch-off. Lady Luck showed up to help the mother of two about three weeks ago while she was on a break from work.

The grocery store employee, going by the nickname “Yeyo” for publicity reasons, said it was a slow day when she decided to play some scratch-offs. An occasional player, she began scratching off the instant tickets. The first two were not winners, so she decided to purchase one more. When she scanned the $150,000 Extreme instant ticket, a big surprise was waiting.

“I thought it was $50, but it read a $150,000 win,” said “Yeyo.” “I thought, ‘This can’t be real.’”

To make sure she wasn’t seeing things, the winner asked her coworker to double check the scratch-off for a win. Indeed, she had scored the $150,000 top prize. The Salisbury resident then called her husband to share the news.

“It was so hard to believe that she won, because I am the one who plays,” he told Lottery officials when he accompanied her to claim her prize. “I had to see it for myself, so I immediately drove to her work.”

“Yeyo” said her husband arrived and gave her a big hug. He later secured the winning instant ticket for her at home. Scheduling conflicts came up when trying to choose a day to claim the $150,000 prize. They finally made it to Lottery headquarters earlier this week.

“Yeyo” said she hasn’t decided what to do with her windfall and will put the money into savings for now.

The $10 instant ticket, $150,000 Extreme, debuted in late March with five $150,000 top prizes. “Yeyo” nabbed the first one, leaving four remaining. Also, up for grabs are 15 more $10,000 prizes and hundreds of thousands of others ranging from $10 to $1,000.

Also celebrating in the win is the retailer that sold the lucky instant ticket. Union Latina, located at 810 Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury, will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off of $100,000 to $1 million.