Scratch-off Enthusiast Celebrates $50,000 Holiday Riches Win

Loyal player finds luck with $5 instant ticket

A Maryland Lottery scratch-off fan is enjoying Santa’s early holiday gift of a $50,000 top prize in the Holiday Riches game.

“When I saw that I won big, I was excited since this was the first time I won this much money!” said the Hyattsville woman.

The 60-year-old bought the instant ticket early last week after passing by AJ Liquors in Brentwood. Noticing that the store sold scratch-offs, the loyal player walked in to buy a game or two. She left with two Holiday Riches games and the hope that Santa was keeping an eye out for her.

The Prince George’s County woman rushed home with the scratch-offs to do a big reveal. She must be on Santa’s “nice list” because she found Santa’s moneybag symbol on the scratch-off, which meant she won the $50,000 top prize.

The happy player began jumping up and down with excitement and couldn’t wait to claim her prize at Lottery headquarters. The Maryland native isn’t the only winner in this happy story, as AJ Liquors located at 3801 Bladensburg Road in Brentwood earns a bonus of $500 for selling a top-prize scratch-off in the $5 game.

Our lucky lady left lots of prizes behind in the Holiday Riches game. Players can look for two more unclaimed $50,000 top prizes along with six unclaimed $5,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $5 to $1,000.

The game is one of the Lottery’s five holiday-themed scratch-offs. All non-winning Holiday Riches instant tickets are eligible for entry into the Holiday Cash & Dash second-chance promotion running through Jan. 16. Players can enter non-winning holiday scratch-offs into the promotion through My Lottery Rewards. Get a chance to win great prizes like a trip for two to a Chicago warehouse to load a shopping cart with as many items as possible in 90 seconds. Players can also win cash prizes and books of scratch-offs. Find out more at