Silver Spring Woman Gets a $1 Million Birthday Surprise

Wins Top Prize on Lucky Times 20 Scratch-Off

Judy Cohen, her husband Eli, and her 92-year-old father Joe have a ritual. They love to buy scratch-off tickets together. While running routine errands the day before Judy’s birthday, the trio decided to pick-up a Lucky Times 20 ticket. Lucky for them, they chose the right ticket and scratched their way to a $1 million top prize.

“We were in the car and I started scratching the ticket,” said Judy. “At first, I thought we had won $100,000 but that was because my husband didn’t have his glasses on.” Judy continued, “Then, we realized there was another zero that we hadn’t scratched yet.  That was when we started screaming.”

The lucky winners told Lottery officials that their win came at an extremely emotional time. Judy’s brother passed away just a month ago. “It’s been really hard for my family, especially my father, who is a Holocaust survivor and has felt much heartache. We only wish that my brother was here to share in our joy.”

Since the win came on Judy’s birthday, her two children plan to celebrate by taking her out on the town. The family has decided to take the cash option and share the winnings. They also plan to pay a few bills and maybe go on a family trip. The winning ticket was purchased at Aspen Hill Liquor, Beer and Wine, located on Connecticut Avenue in Silver Spring.