Kelly Hetelekides celebrates the arrival of spring
Wins $10,000 Spring Green Scratch-off Prize
A Laurel woman is bringing in the new season on a high note, with a $10,000 win on the Spring Green scratch-off. The occasional scratch-off player was so shocked over her prize that she didn’t even think about the correlation between the name of her winning ticket and the arrival of spring.
“I just asked the cashier for $20 worth of $2 scratch-off tickets,” said Kelly Hetelekides. “And, then I went home and scratched them.” The first ticket scratched was the $10,000 winner.
“I didn’t even notice the name of the ticket,” said the 44-year-old. “I just jumped up and down and screamed.” The lucky player checked her ticket numerous times, but was still skeptical. She quickly called her good friend, Doug, who confirmed her good fortune and then accompanied her to Lottery Headquarters to claim her prize. “I checked the ticket for her and it looked like a winner to me,” he said.
Originally from upstate New York, Kelly phoned her three grown children in her home state to tell them her good news. “My one daughter wants a car,” she said with a laugh. The happy winner hasn’t made up her mind about what she intends to do with the remainder of her windfall. The winning ticket was purchased at Finish Lane Package Liquors located at 3470 Fort Meade Rd. in Laurel, Md.