Among the happiest folks at Maryland Lottery headquarters on Tuesday were a Rosedale trio that claimed a $20,000 winning Lucky Bingo scratch-off.
The husband and wife team were joined by his mom to talk about finding good fortune while on a shopping excursion.
Charlene Wright buys scratch-offs occasionally, when she feels luck is in the air. She always had always selected $1 instant tickets – until Monday, December 4.
“I was picking out a $1 ticket yesterday when my husband interrupted me,” she said. A fan or $2 instant games, her husband, Charles, pointed to the $2 Lucky Bingo scratch-off, telling her that it was the game for them.
“I didn’t have a strong feeling one way or the other, so I chose the one he wanted,” she said.
Scratching off her ticket later at home, Charlene wasn’t sure at first just what she was seeing.
“I called my husband over to look and when he told me that we’d won, I refused to believe him.”
The 40-year-old mother of four is happy that her winnings will help make Christmas extra special for the family this year. She slept like a baby the night before they brought the lucky scratch-off to Maryland Lottery headquarters.
“My husband, though, he tossed and turned all night, barely slept at all,” she said. “He couldn’t wait to get here to claim the prize and then get out to the stores. He knows exactly what to get the kids now.”
The $20,000 win is the first gift of this holiday story. The second one goes to Liquor Depot located at 5860 Baltimore National Pike in Baltimore. The Baltimore County retailer earned a $200 bonus for selling the top-prize winning ticket in the game.