Traveling Nurse Makes a $30,000 Maryland Memory

Traveling nurse Shaunett Wright was stationed in northeastern Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic and bought her $30,000-winning scratch-off in Elkton.

Claims top prize on SKEE-BALL® scratch-off purchased in Elkton

The lucky lady is a nurse from the outskirts of Atlanta, Ga., who works assignments all over the country. Shaunett Wright was stationed in Maryland when she bought a SKEE-BALL®  scratch-off that carried a $30,000 top prize.

“People should listen to their feelings,” she said, explaining that’s how she ended up with the hot instant ticket. The 38-year-old visited a Wawa in Elkton to buy a few instant tickets but needed to retrieve cash from an ATM. She asked a friend to wait by the machine while she went to the ATM because of her lucky feeling. Shaunett didn’t want anyone else to use the machine until she could! She quickly returned and bought two of the $3 SKEE-BALL® instant tickets.

“The second one was the winner!” she said.

Shaunett was stationed in northeastern Maryland at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and bought her winning scratch-off just as she was preparing to return home before her next assignment in the Virgin Islands. She made a special trip to Lottery headquarters in Baltimore on Dec. 13 to claim her prize.

“I’ve been everywhere. I usually play scratch-offs all over,” she said. The happy winner planned to buy more games before leaving Maryland, too.

Shaunett plans to give a share of her winnings to a close friend, saying, “She’s my BFF and I think she’d do the same for me.” The balance will go toward furniture for a house she is buying in Georgia.

Her Lottery luck leaves a single $30,000 top prize remaining in the SKEE-BALL game, which has been on the market since March 21. Sharing in her good luck is Wawa #8512. The lucky Lottery retailer, which is located at 302 Pulaski Highway in Elkton, receives a bonus of $300 from the Lottery for selling a $30,000 top-prize winning scratch-off. The bonus is equal to 1% of the prize.