Nick Ruth is $250,000 richer, thanks to a winning Mega Millions ticket. But this 19-year-old Towson resident is not thinking about a BMW or a Harley or even a trip to the Bahamas.

"I have no major plans besides donating," he said.

Nicholas David Ruth battled childhood leukemia and has been in remission for nearly five years. His winnings mean he can give back to the many charities who helped him, he said. Maybe a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation will help another critically ill kid take a cruise, as he did, he said.

"I have a car already," he said. "It's 12 years old but it works fine. I don't want to go anywhere but into law enforcement."

While working as a dishwasher at a Towson bar, he is waiting to hear if he has been accepted into a police training program. He feels optimistic.

"Good things happen in threes," he said. "I won. Then the Ravens won and the next thing would be for me to get this job."

In the meantime, he probably won't alter his Friday night routine, which, for the last year, has included the purchase, always at the same neighborhood 7-Eleven, of two Mega Millions tickets, one with his favorite numbers and one with random digits. He deviated a tad and bought one extra random ticket on Sept. 21. He gave one to his mother, another to his nephew, who turned 6 months old that day, and kept the third, which he discovered late Saturday had five matching numbers.

"I kept staring at the numbers and then my mom checked them online," he said. "Then, the two of us just kept jumping up and down."

For now, the Archbishop Curley High School graduate is keeping his night job.

"It's not something I want for life, but I have no complaints," he said.

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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