Laverne Spriggs came into Lottery Headquarters this afternoon full of smiles and laughter after finding out her Cruise for Cash scratch-off ticket was a winner. The Temple Hills woman went to buy her regular games at her local retail store and decided to get one extra ticket. What she found on her ticket left her in disbelief. “I saw that I was a winner and didn’t know what to do,” the 47-year-old said. “The store clerk screamed in excitement, too.” Spriggs, who has never before been on a cruise, still hasn’t decided who to bring along. The winning ticket was purchased at Barnabas Liquors in Temple Hills.
Partnering with Royal Caribbean International, the Lottery launched Cruise for Cash in January. The $5 scratch-off is the first of its kind for the Maryland Lottery and features seven $50,000 instant top prizes and 31 instant seven-night cruise vacations for two, departing from Florida with a premium ocean view balcony stateroom; deluxe premium hotel accommodations for two for the night prior to cruise departure, $1,000 onboard credit and $500 spending money.