(CNN) — A Maryland woman is celebrating after winning the lottery for a third time in about three years.
The 61-year-old player from Montgomery County recently bought two $5 Lucky scratch-off tickets at Talbert’s Ice & Beverage Service in Bethesda. The first ticket didn’t hit, but the second landed her the game’s top prize of $50,000.READ MORE: Fire At Angel's Journey Home Animal Rescue Determined Accidental
That alone would be amazing, but it’s actually the third time she’s won a $50,000 lottery prize at that store, according to Maryland Lottery officials. In August of 2018, she won playing $50,000 Bonus Cash. The following October, she did it again playing Cash Craze Doubler.
The retired housekeeper said she was shocked to win for a third time. “I just didn’t believe it, again!” she told lottery officials.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: 1-2 Inches Of Snow Expected Across Western Pennsylvania On Monday
After the initial shock subsided, the lucky winner called her best friend to share the news. “When she told me, I was so happy for her,” said the friend, who joined her at Maryland Lottery headquarters. “It was hard to believe that she won $50,000 again.”
Of course, they know how rare it is for anyone to win the lottery — let alone three times. “People play every day and not win,” the winner said. “It’s amazing that I won three times.”
She plans to use the money for some much-needed home improvements, she told lottery officials.MORE NEWS: Police: Man In 'Serious' Condition After Hit-And-Run Crash In Munhall
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