Maryland Lottery awards 11 Ravens fans tickets to game vs. Dolphins

Maryland Lottery winners.
Maryland Lottery winners. (Jeff Barker / Baltimore Sun)

Sure, the Ravens are 2-7. But the group of fans who gathered at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday appeared to be in a forgiving mood.

It's easy to be forgiving when you've just won a trip from the Maryland Lottery to follow the team to Miami to watch the Dec. 6 game against the Dolphins.


The fans said it would be nice to be in first place in the AFC North, instead of just barely ahead of the last-place Cleveland Browns.

But Miami is not a bad consolation prize. Particularly in December.

"Fun in the sun, man," said Chris Suite of Anne Arundel County, one of 11 Marylanders representing Baltimore and seven counties who gathered at the stadium to learn the details of their prizes.

"I'm still with the Ravens Nation," said Kenneth Ringgold of Baltimore. "I'm all geared up for it. I'm ready to go."

The winners will fly with the team, stay at the club's hotel for free, receive tickets to the game and have a meet-and-greet with players. They were presented $500 checks Thursday for "spending money."

The winners played Ravens-themed scratch-off tickets. They won the free trip by submitting their losing tickets in a "second-chance" drawing.

They got to park in the players' lot Thursday during their visit to the stadium, their first taste of VIP treatment.

Clarence Fletcher of Hyattsville said he'll be watching the weather forecasts for the Miami area.

"It looks pretty good. I don't see any hurricanes, except for the college football team," he said.

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