From the Maryland Lottery:
(Baltimore) – Yesterday afternoon, Anna Belle Davis had a hankering for some mint chocolate chip ice cream. When the Oliver Beach resident made a trip to her local Royal Farms store to buy some she was disappointed to find they were all out of her favorite frozen confection. She then decided to indulge in a different pleasure, a Maryland Lottery scratch-off.
“I couldn’t get my ice cream, so I decided to buy three scratch-offs from the Instant Ticket Vending machine,” said the exuberant winner. That lucky turn of events would result in a $1 million windfall for the 52-year-old leasing agent, who was accompanied to Lottery Headquarters by her husband, Rick and nephew, Scott.
“I picked this game because of the $1 million top prize,” she told officials, “I always like to go for the biggest prizes.” Taking it home to play, Anna Belle scratched the ticket with her “lucky quarter.” She saw she had a match, and then scratched the prize amount. “When I saw all those zeros I couldn’t believe it, I just started screaming.”
Rick, a truck driver, came in to check on her and helped calm things down long enough to confirm that they were $1 million richer.
The couple plans to pay bills and invest some of their winnings. While a long-overdue vacation may be in their immediate plans, the biggest joy they’ll get from the win is the knowledge that they won’t be working forever; that there is a relaxing retirement in their future. “It won’t be happening soon, but to know that it will be happening eventually is wonderful,” said a glowing Anna Belle. The lucky Big Money Mega Play ticket was purchased from the Royal Farms convenience store, located at 12545 Eastern Ave. in Chase.
Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded more than $18.73 billion in prizes to players and $12.2 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com.