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Md. man claims $250K prize 1 day before deadline

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Md. man claims $250K prize 1 day before deadline

BALTIMORE — An Elkton, Maryland, man claimed a $250,000 Mega Millions prize — with one day left before he missed the deadline.

The 52-year-old man, whose name wasn't released by Maryland Lottery officials last week, was preparing to pay his truck insurance Dec. 18 when he happened upon the ticket that was bought in June.

"It's up for renewal every six months," the winner said of his insurance. "I was putting the insurance papers in my console, and that's when I saw the Mega Millions ticket."

After finding his ticket, he remembered an article he saw about a big prize that hadn't been claimed, but he just shrugged it off. "I figured it had been claimed by now," he said.

The winner confirmed the $250,000 win by checking the Maryland Lottery website and calling the lottery claims center to find out if he calculated the 182-day claiming period correctly.

"When I realized I won, I was speechless," he told lottery officials. "Then, the biggest smile came across my face."

With his winnings, he said he plans to donate to a charity, help family, invest and take a vacation.

The winning ticket was purchased June 23 at a Royal Farms convenience store in Elkton.


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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
United States
Member #73904
April 28, 2009
14903 Posts
Posted: December 28, 2009, 10:04 am - IP Logged

Another example of why so many jackpots go unclaimed. You have to wonder why people buy tickets and then don't check them. Or maybe it's people with bad memories or something. My guess would be that it's people who don't play on a regular basis so it's not naturally high on their list of things to do. Then they forget about it.

I'm glad to see he got it though.







"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                            --Edmund Burke



    dphillips's avatar - littleuns
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    United States
    Member #5128
    June 18, 2004
    377 Posts
    Posted: December 28, 2009, 10:15 am - IP Logged

    Yes, the winner should have checked the ticket earlier. However, at least the ticket was claimed -- one hour before the deadline: that's really cutting it close!

    One day, we might read about a winner claiming a ticket one hour before the deadline -- now, that would be dinner conversation.

    See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

      sully16's avatar - sharan
      United States
      Member #81740
      October 28, 2009
      49064 Posts
      Posted: December 28, 2009, 10:00 pm - IP Logged

      thats got me thinking... maybe i should turn my coupon organizer into a lottery ticket organizer. if some one markets that remember my cut.



        United States
        Member #61296
        May 17, 2008
        187 Posts
        Posted: December 29, 2009, 2:38 am - IP Logged

        What are the odds? The ones that dont check their tickets end up winning, while the ones that check the numbers constantly almost never seem to win....