Landover Woman Receives “Ultimate” Surprise with $1 Million Win [PHOTOS]

UPDATE: Thursday, July 15

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Ultimate Payday Scratch-Off Top-Prize Drawing Winner

Paula Evans - Ultimate Payday

Ultimate Payday Winner Paula Evans with Maryland State Lottery Director Stephen L. Martino

As Paula Evans walked through the doors at Lottery Headquarters today, she learned that she was Maryland’s newest millionaire. The shocked 39-year-old immediately broke down in tears.  The Landover resident was randomly selected on July 8th from over 44,000 Ultimate Payday Top-Prize Drawing mail-in entries.

The winner, who has a 21-year-old daughter in college, a 17-year-old son about to start college, and an 18-year-old disabled son at home, said, “I just want to be able to take care of my children.  That is what’s most important.”

While at the Lottery, Paula called various family members to tell them the news.  Everyone was in disbelief.  Her mother, who works at a hospital in North Carolina, said she was going to run through the hospital screaming.  Her aunt prayed with her on the phone.  Her daughter called her a “storyteller.”

The win came at a great time as Paula just completed her first semester at Prince George’s Community College.  Along with raising her children, the nursing student earned a 4.0 GPA.  Through tears of happiness, Paula told Lottery Officials, “This is still so unbelievable.  I thank God for my blessings.”

The Ultimate Payday ticket was launched in April 2008, along with the Top-Prize Drawing contest.  Although the contest has ended, the Lottery has numerous other second-chance opportunities.  Information can be found at

8 responses to “Landover Woman Receives “Ultimate” Surprise with $1 Million Win [PHOTOS]

  1. I want to say bless you and your family. Also pray for the ones who still trying to get that win. Families are struggling and need as much prayers they can get. Not only wins just that prayer for economic changes.

  2. I am so happy for you. You give me hope, I’m glad that someone who really needs the money was able to get it. GOD BLESS YOU and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Desiree, Sherrie, Beverly, and Queen2,
    I want to thank you for your kind and sincere words. I have struggled all of my adult life trying to raise my children by myself. I’ve had a lot of restrictions as far as my own personal life but I would have not had it any other way. I feel that when you sacrifice for your children regardless of their handicaps, God keeps you in his favor. It was my duty to do what I was instructed to do as a parent regardless of my financial status. God helped me make it work. Although I am a “little above the water”, I will remain focused; nothing changes and will use this stepping stone to continue with my duties… Thanks again and may God bless us all!!

  4. Desiree Booze

    Be Bless with your winnings..I never bought a scratch off higer than three dollars after seeing you win this you had me crying…you having a Special Needs children you are truly a Bless you and your family..with myself having a Special Needs Grandson who lives with me it’s hard and he is only my grand-son.You have done a wonderful I can hear good luck…It’s always a reason people are Bless we need not answer just be humble with it all .And I feel like buying a scratch off higer then three dolars.(lol)

  5. Sherrie Nieves

    Congratulations on your win. Do something nice for your self.

  6. beverly wills

    God bless you and your family. there was a reason why you won this money. i am so happy for you and your family. congratulations

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  8. Paula Evans I am so happy for you!
    I Pray that God will continue to Bless you and your family.