Mom Fills Tank, Then Bank with $100,000 Scratch-off Win

Lorraine Blackmon of Baltimore (center) celebrates her top-prize win on a $100,000 Winter Winfall scratch-off with husband Edward and daughter Jessica.

State employee shocked by luck playing $100,000 Winter Winfall game
A Baltimore city woman made a financially rewarding choice last month when she realized her gas tank was running very low. Lorraine Blackmon was heading to work just before Christmas when she saw the gas gauge reading. Should she stop and fill up her car’s gas tank or wait until later?
Her decision to pull into Royal Farms #169 on Pulaski Highway was a real winner! First, she didn’t run out of gas that day and, thanks to the top-prize winning $100,000 Winter Winfall scratch-off ticket she bought at the store, the lucky lady won’t run out of Maryland Lottery cash any time soon.
Lorraine, 54, is a state employee working in a finance office. She had no idea when looking over the offerings in Royal Farm’s Lottery vending machine that she would soon have to apply her professional finance savvy to her personal life. Good fortune came her way once the $100,000 Winter Winfall game caught her eye and she made her $10 purchase.
“I hadn’t played it before,” she said. “I thought I’d give it a try.”
After scratching off her $100,000 winning instant ticket at lunch, Lorraine found herself unsure of what to do next. “I was stunned. I just couldn’t believe it.” Even amid the confusion, she knew to do one very important thing to protect her prize. “I signed the

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