Drawer clean-out nets Maryland Lottery player $250k

Wednesday January 26th 2011

The decision to have an early spring clean has left a Maryland Lottery player $250,000 richer. The 46-year-old Baltimore man, who has asked not to be named, was tidying up a dresser drawer at his home when he came across some old Mega Millions lottery slips.

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“I figured they were expired,” he told lottery organisers.

He took the two tickets, which he’d bought in August, to a local store to scan them in. The first revealed a $2 win, while the second turned out to be worth a quarter of a million dollars.

The winner says he only goes out to buy lottery tickets every once in a while, and isn’t planning to rush out to make any major purchases. He told lottery organisers that the cash will be left in the bank for a couple of years, although he does plan to take his 16-year-old daughter for a special day out.

Last night’s Mega Millions lottery draw again failed to provide a jackpot winner. Five players correctly picked the main numbers 5, 8, 31, 46 and 50, but no one had the Megaball, 4. Each of these players will receive a cheque for $250,000, but the top prize will roll over once again.

The estimated jackpot for this Friday’s Mega Millions draw now stands at $77million.

Written by Peter Kirkham

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