BALTIMORE — A Baltimore area mom won $1,000 a week for the rest of her life, and she has a tradition started by her in-laws to thank.
The White Hall mom, who has not been identified, said her in-laws have been playing Maryland Lottery games since her husband was a toddler. On January 17, she was dropping her daughter off for practice when she went to fill up her gas at High's Convenience Store on Norrisville Road in White Hall.
Per her in-law's tradition, she decided to get a Cash4Life quick pick when stopping at the convenience store. That next morning she realized she was a winner.
“I didn’t believe it at first,” she said.
She said when she told her husband, who had just finished a 24-hour shift with the fire service, he was grumpy that she had won. But not everyone in her family had the same reaction.
“Now my mother-in-law thinks I have a lucky horseshoe,” the 42-year-old winner said.
The family of five will now get paid $52,000 a year for life, but they both said they do not plan on giving up on their careers.
“I’m going to keep working. We’ve got three kids. Still, we’ll be able to have nice dinners and vacations forever!” the winner said, adding, “I guess we have to take the kids to Disney World. That’s what people do, right?”
The last time someone in the Baltimore area won a prize similar to this was August 2017.