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Hagerstown couple claims $250,000 winning lottery ticket

November 08, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - The mystery is over: A Hagerstown couple has come forward to claim the $250,000 winning Mega Millions ticket sold last week at a local Sheetz store.

Dixie Sines, a crew chief at Wendy's, and her husband, David, who works in construction, plan to use the prize money to buy a new house, she said.

The couple, both 44 years old, have lived with David's parents for about four years, Dixie said. They have been helping care for David's father, who was left partially paralyzed by a stroke last November. The living situation can sometimes feel a little cramped, Dixie said.

"It's not really private," she said. "You're across the hall from each other; the bedrooms are small."

Now, through a bit of luck, it looks like that will change.

Dixie said she never won anything this big before. In fact, aside from playing tip jars every now and then, she hadn't even played the lottery until about a month ago.

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"We heard some friends talking about what they were winning and what you could win, so we just gave it a try," she said.

She and David started buying two Mega Millions tickets on Tuesdays and two on Fridays.

When Dixie saw the winning numbers in the newspaper on Saturday, she didn't believe it at first. They missed the Mega Ball number that would have meant a $75 million jackpot, but they hit all five of the other numbers, making the ticket good for the $250,000 prize.

"I looked at it and I showed my husband," Dixie said. "He kept saying, 'No we didn't.'"

They had to take the ticket to two stores to make sure it was true.

The prize money - about $168,000 after federal and state taxes - should be ready for them in about 10 days, Dixie said.

Before making their home purchase, the couple plans to pay off their bills and give a little to their two grown children and two granddaughters, Dixie said.

For the most part, things will stay the same for the couple. Dixie said she will need to keep her job at Wendy's, and she'll still go to her father-in-law's house after work two days a week to stay with him.

But it will be nice to feel independent again, she said.

"We'll have a new home, and we'll be back out on our own and out of our mother-in-law's house."

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