A 26-year-old paralegal enjoyed an open-and-shut case involving her $30,000 win playing the Maryland Lottery’s Ruby Riches scratch-off.
The legal eagle discovered her prize-winning game after stopping at Walther Liquors in Nottingham after work. She bought a pack of cigarettes and had a few $1 bills left over so she added the $3 Ruby Riches scratch-off cards to her purchase.
“I was just sitting on my couch and winding down while watching a little television when I figured I’d see if I won anything,” she said. “I thought to myself that it would be cool if I won $50. I got the shock of my life when I saw that it was much more than that!”
The Nottingham resident verified her big win by scanning the instant ticket using the Maryland Lottery’s mobile app. She picked Ruby Riches because it was a new scratch-off, she said, and she liked how it looked. She likes the game even better after her big win! Ruby Riches still has six more $30,000 top prizes remaining and thousands of others ranging from $5 to $1,000.
The new homeowner said her prize arrived at a great time. “I’m going to put this money into my savings account,” she said, “just in case I need to use some of it to fix things around the house.” She plans to help family members, too, especially her mom. “This is such a blessing,” the winner said.
The lucky Maryland Lottery retailer also has reason to celebrate. For selling the top-prize scratch-off in the game, Walther Liquors at 8625 Walther Boulevard in Nottingham earned a $300 bonus from the Lottery.
A wholesale seafood worker who goes fishing for Maryland Lottery scratch-off wins once or twice a month just hooked a $50,000 whopper.
The father of three, who visits Waterloo Exxon in Jessup regularly to buy gas, said he sometimes adds a $5 instant ticket to his purchase. The 45-year-old did just that on Columbus Day and took his chances with the “Power 5s” game.
The Rosedale man took the instant ticket back to his vehicle to scratch it off. The very last line of the ticket revealed a winning symbol – and a $50,000 top prize. The startled player immediately took a picture of the lucky scratch-off with his phone.
“I only matched one,” he said, “but it was the one that mattered! I took a picture of the ticket and sent it to my wife. I said, ‘Please, tell me it’s true!’”
The happy husband headed home to his family and gave the scratch-off to his wife. They checked the instant ticket carefully and agreed that he’d netted a huge win.
“We put the ticket up high, away from the kids,” he said, and they shared news of their good fortune with their parents.
What will they do with the prize? The couple has dreamed about a kitchen renovation for a year and slowly set money aside to pay for the project.
“This will make it a little easier,” the winner said.
The lucky Howard County retailer also benefits. For selling a top-prize scratch-off in the game, Waterloo Exxon located at 7930 Washington Boulevard in Jessup will earn a $500 bonus from the Lottery.
Who could it be? The Maryland Lottery is looking for the lucky player who purchased a “5-Card Cash” ticket from KC Liquors in Rosedale that was a $100,000 top-prize winner in the October 6 drawing.
The five winning cards drawn were…Ace of Spades, 2 of Clubs, Queen of Diamonds, 5 of Clubs and Queen of Clubs. The person who matched all five cards will win $100,000.
Lottery officials recommend the player sign the back of the winning ticket and keep it in a safe place until claiming the prize.
The winner has 182 days to claim it and must come in person to Lottery headquarters at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.
The lucky retailer is a winner, too. For selling the top-prize ticket in the game, KC Liquors, located at 8200 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale, earns a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.
This is the game’s first top-prize winner in the game since March.
A Parkville man celebrated a $10,000 win on a Maryland Lottery scratch-off ticket he bought at the Weis Market located at 9613 Harford Road in the Carney Village Shopping Center.
The $10, $100 Grand ticket launched in September, and seven of its $100,000 top prizes remain unclaimed.
Also unclaimed are all 12 of its $20,000 prizes, 25 more $10,000 prizes, and thousands of additional prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000, according to lottery officials
There were five other $10,000 winners that reported to Maryland Lottery headquarters this week, three from Baltimore City, one from Carroll County, and one from St. Mary’s County.