Elk­ton res­i­dent wins lot­tery twice in one day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Ce­cil County res­i­dent won back-to-back Mary­land Lot­tery scratch-offs Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials with the Mary­land State Lot­tery Agency.

The anony­mous win­ner won $11,000 af­ter pur­chas­ing two $100,000 Gold Rush scratch-

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offs from the Stop-N-Go in North East, of­fi­cials re­ported.

Un­like other states, un­der Mary­land’s lot­tery reg­u­la­tions, the win­ner does not have to pub­licly iden­tify them­selves. Lot­tery of­fi­cials re­ported the win­ner is a 67-year-old Elk­ton res­i­dent.

Lot­tery of­fi­cials said she bought two $10 scratch-offs and, when she re­turned home, she scratched the first ticket, re­veal­ing a 20x sym­bol above a $500 prize. The sec­ond scratchoff re­vealed she won $1,000, of­fi­cials said.

On Mon­day, Erica Palmisano, lot­tery spokes­woman, said the win­ner claimed the prizes late Thurs­day af­ter­noon and chose to re­ceive two lump sum pay­ment checks.

The win­ner plans to pay a few bills, treat her­self and save the rest of her win­nings, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

Palmisano said th­ese lot­tery wins are “spe­cial,” be­cause in the seven years she’s worked at the agency, she does not re­call any­one win­ning back-to-back tick­ets, al­though it is not un­heard of.

“I’m so happy some­one won some­thing in the county and town,” said Mukesh Manek­po­ria, co-owner of the Stop-N-Go store, on Tues­day.

He said it’s the first time some­one has “won big” at his store.

“It’s the first time; I’m just ex­cited,” he added.

On Tues­day, Manek­po­ria said the win­ner came into the store to claim the prizes, but he ad­vised the win­ner to go to the lot­tery agency.

While stores are au­tho­rized to give win­ners lot­tery prizes up to $500, any­one with a win­ning ticket of a larger amount are in­structed to go the lot­tery agency head­quar­ters in Bal­ti­more for the money.

Manek­po­ria said he has not seen an in­crease in vol­ume of peo­ple com­ing to the store to buy lot­tery tick­ets, at the mo­ment.

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