Maryland woman wins $50,000 one year after $100,000 prize

A Maryland woman has won her second major lottery prize in just over a year, taking home $50,000 from a scratch-off ticket purchased in December 2023.

The first big win

In late 2021, the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased a scratch-off ticket from a store in Waldorf, Maryland. To her surprise and excitement, she had won the $100,000 top prize on the ticket. “I just couldn’t believe it when I saw I’d won. It felt like something that would only happen once in a lifetime,” she said at the time. With her newfound fortune, she paid off debts and saved some money.

A second stroke of luck

Just over a year later, in December 2023, the woman was back at the same Waldorf lottery retailer, feeling lucky. On a whim, she decided to purchase another scratch-off ticket. Incredibly, when she scratched it, she discovered she’d won the $50,000 second prize. “I just stood there in shock. I couldn’t believe it happened again so soon!” she said. Friends and family who heard of her second big win were stunned. “The chances of winning anything significant once are already very low. To do it twice in such a short time is just unreal,” said her sister.

The odds defied

While lottery winners often purchase more tickets hoping for another payday, the odds of repeated big wins are astronomical. The Maryland Lottery estimates the chance of winning the top prize on any given scratch-off ticket is around 1 in 300,000. To win a significant prize twice within a year pushes the boundaries of pure luck. Whatever magic was at work for this anonymous Waldorf woman, it’s clear her luck with the lottery is running at an all-time high.


With two major lottery wins in just over a year, this Maryland woman has defied incredible odds to become a multi-time winner. Her back-to-back victories will likely remain one of the most astonishing repeated lottery success stories in the state.

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