Nick Ruth lottery winner, MD Mega-MillionsNick Ruth has been playing the Maryland Lottery for just over a year, but this past Friday, he said it “just felt right.” Following that intuition made him $250,000 richer.

A beaming Nick said he checked the numbers again and again. “I couldn’t believe it, so I asked my mom to look at the ticket. Once we figured out how much I’d won, we started to run all over the house screaming. After we calmed down, we looked at each other and started screaming and running again.”

When asked what he was going to do with his windfall, the 19-year-old, who has been in remission from leukemia for seven years, said: “As a cancer survivor, it is really important for me to give back. I want to ‘pay forward’ what some wonderful local organizations did for me, so I am definitely going to donate money to cancer organizations.”  He also plans to pay off his car and put money in his bank account.

While the young winner is excited about his newfound wealth, he is still anxiously awaiting word about a law-enforcement position for which he recently applied. “I believe that things happen in threes: I won this huge amount of money; the Ravens won last night; and I’m hoping I’ll get this job. That would really be icing on the cake!”

In the meantime, the dishwasher/barback isn’t planning on taking time off from his current minimum-wage job. “Nick is a kind and hard-working person with a great work ethic,” his mother added, “but he’s not going to let this win go to his head. He will be at work right on time tonight.”

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  1. Hey Nick… do it like Maryland’s own Michael Phelps says… dream it, believe it, work at it, go for it! You can do it!And Go RAVENS! And maybe Michael Phelps will see this story and be inspired like I am to give back even more 🙂 This is a great story. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to many! Way to pay it forward 🙂

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