“Gut Feeling” Leads to a Big WinTuesday, December 11th, 2012
Silver Spring Woman Claims $50,000 Scratch-off Top Prize
A Montgomery County woman visited Lottery headquarters last week to collect a scratch-off prize she had won after trusting her gut. The Silver Spring native, an occasional Lottery player, had stopped in at a wine shop to get specific scratch-offs when something caught her eye. The Triple Payout scratch-off she bought paid itself off with a $50,000 top prize.
“It just popped out at me. There are a couple of games that I really like, that I’ve had luck with, but for some reason I thought I should give Triple Payout a try,” she told officials. “I can’t explain it. Something just told me that getting this game would be a good move.” The sudden gut feeling to buy the ticket resulted in the purchase of a lifetime.
Our winner, an in-house caregiver, took the ticket home and checked it with her boyfriend. “I went ballistic when I saw the dollar amount under my match,” she said. “My boyfriend was shocked into silence, but I was yelling and screaming.”
The winner told Lottery officials that the prize money will go into savings. When prodded a little further, the woman also added with a smile, “Maybe a nice vacation, too.” The Lottery retailer with a special on “gut feelings” was Wheaton Winery, 2211 University Boulevard in Silver Spring.