Heather Dorr of Pasadena was still in disbelief after scratching off a $50,000 win on a DEAL OR NO DEALTM scratch-off
Lucky instant ticket yields top prize
Winning $50,000 by scratching off a $5 Maryland Lottery DEAL OR NO DEAL™ instant ticket left an Anne Arundel County woman in disbelief.
Heather Dorr, 33, bought the lucky scratch-off at Dash In #15301 in Pasadena on Dec. 3. She went to her car, scratched off the instant ticket and couldn’t believe her eyes. The Pasadena player ran back into the store and asked the staff to scan the instant ticket to confirm her big win.
“They said, ‘Oh my God, you won $50,000,’” Heather said, recalling her winning moment with Lottery officials while at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore.
Asked if she had any plans for her winnings, she said, “I have no idea. I feel like it’s not really happening.” The prize will probably end up in her savings account, Heather said.
The loyal player picks up a scratch-off from time to time, generally at Dash In where she is a frequent customer. Although she enjoys playing scratch-offs, she had never won a prize prior to her big score this week. She also had no particular reason for choosing the DEAL OR NO DEALTM instant ticket.
“I just walked in and said, ‘That one looks good,’” Heather said.
She is the third person to claim one of the game’s eight top prizes of $50,000, which leaves another five big winning scratch-offs awaiting discovery at Lottery retailers. In addition, there are seven $2,000 winning instant tickets remaining along with thousands of other prizes in the range of $5 to $1,000.
Her lucky Lottery retailer also wins. For selling a top-prize winning scratch-off, the Pasadena Dash In located at 3900 Mountain Road received a bonus of $500 from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.