Trying a New Scratch-off Game Pays Off with Top Prize

Baltimore woman claims $50,000 prize on 20x The Cash instant ticket

A visit with her son’s family gave a retired factory worker new options and a new outcome when it came to playing Maryland Lottery scratch-offs. She visited a different retailer, bought a different instant ticket and won $50,000!

When the desire to play scratch-offs strikes, as it did on Monday, she follows her instinct, the happy Baltimore resident told Lottery officials. Now, she’s anxiously awaiting the next arrival of that familiar urge.

“It rarely occurs to me to buy a ticket,” she said. “I just never think about it. But sometimes, out of the blue, I decide that it’s time.”

The time was certainly right when the 76-year-old was shopping with family members in Owings Mills. The urge to play instant tickets came and, luckily, there was a gas station at the next corner. “I went in and right away saw a ticket I’d never played before, so I chose it,” she said.

The 20x The Cash scratch-off she bought at Owings Mills Sunoco, located at 10812 Reisterstown Road, was the perfect choice. Playing her $5 game as her daughter-in-law drove them home, the winner became stunned by what she saw.

“I said, ‘Oh my goodness, I think this is a big winner!’ ” The pair studied the ticket and began to celebrate. “We had a great time together for the rest of the day,” she said. “How could we not, having won $50,000! It was just so much fun.”

The lucky lady hasn’t decided what to do with her winnings. “I’m almost sure that there will be some traveling,” she said. “I just don’t know where yet.”

Her lucky Owings Mills retailer is also celebrating. For selling a top-prize scratch-off in the game, the retailer will receive a $500 bonus from the Lottery.

The 20x The Cash game debuted in January and this top prize is the third claimed by a lucky player. Seven more $50,000 prizes remain available along with nine $5,000 prizes and thousands of others ranging from $5 to $1,000.