The public fascination with who won the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot turned to Maryland on Friday, as reports surfaced that a customer at an Upper Marlboro gas station claimed he had the coveted winning ticket.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot has rolled up to $214 million after a $50 million Delaware winner in early October. The last Maryland winner of the Powerball jackpot was a Cecil county couple who won $128.8 million on Christmas eve.
A group of 14 McDonald's employees from the Baltimore area are still convinced they were winners in the massive $656 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing earlier this year -- despite being told otherwise by lottery officials -- and are now claiming a co-worker defrauded the Maryland Lottery.
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 Ruth has been playing the Lottery for just over a year, but he has developed a steadfast ritual in this short period of time: He only buys his Mega Millions tickets at the 7-Eleven closest to his workplace.