A federal contractor from Maryland won the $30,000 top prize on the Peppermint Payout game.
When the mother of two saw a Maryland Lottery vending machine during a recent trip to the Walmart in Cockeysville, her thoughts turned to her husband's upcoming birthday.
His special day was approaching and she typically buys him lottery games to enjoy. The 39-year-old, who selected the nickname "Bonus Blessing" for her winner's story, bought numerous holiday scratch-off tickets, including two $3 Peppermint Payout tickets.
"Bonus Blessing" included one of the Peppermint Payout games among the tickets she gave to her husband on his birthday and kept the other for herself. His Peppermint Payout ticket didn't win a big prize — but hers won the $30,000 top prize.
"Lo and behold, that was the one," she said. "Of course, I'll share all of this with him."
The lucky lady plans to use some of the prize to enhance the family's upcoming snow tubing trip. The rest of the unexpected fortune will go into savings, she said.
"You never know when you're going to need it in these crazy times," she said. "We've been very fortunate. This is like a bonus blessing for 2022."
The Walmart where the ticket was purchased will receive a bonus of $300 from the Maryland Lottery for selling the $30,000 top-prize winning scratch-off ticket.