Hagerstown man claims $250,000 lottery prize

Ticket sold in Boonsboro matched five numbers, just missing mammoth Mega Millions jackpot

April 04, 2012
  • Ronald Ruse of Hagerstown and his family are pictured Monday at Maryland Lottery headquarters after he claimed a $250,000 prize in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing.
Photo submitted by Maryland Lottery

A 25-year-old Hagerstown man is $250,000 richer thanks to a Mega Millions lottery ticket he purchased for last week's record drawing, Maryland Lottery officials said.

Ronald Ruse matched five numbers but chose an incorrect Mega Ball number for the record-high $656 million drawing Friday, according to a Maryland Lottery news release.

Ruse told lottery officials he went to bed that night without realizing he had won the money. Earlier that day, he purchased $50 worth of tickets at the Sheetz convenience store at 20723 National Pike in Boonsboro.

“The next morning he checked to see if he matched the Mega Ball on any of his purchases,” the release said. “A little disappointed after realizing he did not match the Mega Ball on a single ticket, he threw away the paper with the winning numbers and decided to check his tickets the next time he went to the store. That afternoon, before heading out of town, he stopped at the lottery retailer and scanned his tickets. After noticing he had a winner, he asked the clerk to cash it.”

Ruse couldn’t cash in the ticket at the store, however, because the amount of his winnings was too large, lottery officials said.

Ruse told lottery officials that he plans to use the money to buy a house and a new car.

Three other $250,000 winning tickets were sold in Maryland on Friday, according to the release. Those tickets were sold in Timonium, Baltimore and Bel Air. Three winning jackpot tickets were sold in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded more that $18.73 billion in prizes to players and $12.2 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. The state uses that money, among other things, to fund education and public safety.

The winning numbers for the March 30 drawing were 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23.

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