“Early Christmas” didn’t believe she had won $50,000 in the Maryland Lottery’s Bonus Match 5 game and neither did her relatives – at first.
Family members also skeptical at first
A loyal Maryland Lottery player from East Baltimore didn’t believe it when she scanned a Bonus Match 5 ticket and found it was a $50,000 top prizewinner. Neither did anyone else she told – at first.
“I thought the machine wasn’t working!” said the winner, who is going by the name “Early Christmas.” She was checking her tickets at her favorite spot, Tobacco Stop #14 at 1727 Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale. After the scanner delivered its hard-to-believe message, the lucky player called the clerk over to ask her to check the ticket, too.
“She said, ‘You hit big, you’ve got to go the Lottery to cash this one!’ ” recalled “Early Christmas.” “My heart was beating fast! My hands were shaking!”
She called her brother and he didn’t believe her good news — at first. Then she called her son, who told her, “Ma, you are never going to hit.” When she reassured him that Lottery luck had come her way, her son also didn’t believe it. Next, she called her daughter and got the same reaction. Her family members are now believers and happy for her.
“This is a merry Christmas!” said the 47-year-old.
The seasoned player is such a regular at The Tobacco Stop that the store clerk always asks when she arrives if she wants to make her usual purchase. She always goes with