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Jefferson Co. deputy wins $200K lottery prize

September 29, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Ronald Fletcher considers himself lucky that he survived being shot several times by a man who reportedly was breaking into a Ranson, W.Va., area home in 2007.

Last week, the 28-year-old Charles Town resident won a $200,000 prize in the West Virginia Lottery's Powerball drawing.

He bought the winning ticket at Sheetz on East Washington in Charles Town, state Lottery Director John Musgrave announced in a news release Tuesday.

After taxes, Fletcher said he will walk away with $137,000.

Fletcher said he plans to pay off his car, a Cadillac sports sedan he recently bought, and isn't sure what he will do with what's left of his winnings.

Winning the lottery was "one of the better" experiences Fletcher said has had in the last couple years.

On Feb. 19, 2007, Fletcher was shot inside a home at 74 Orchard Drive in the Orchard Hills subdivision after responding to a call for a man trying to break into the house through a back door, police have said.

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Fletcher was rescued from the house by two police officers and a paramedic, but the man, Dorsey Cox, would not leave, leading to a six-hour standoff with police.

Fletcher said Tuesday he has fully recovered from gunshot wounds to the upper torso and left arm.

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