By Nadeem Muaddi, CNN

(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.

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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.

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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.

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