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Touchdown! Bel Air Man Wins 20 Years of Ravens Tickets

Another Bel Air resident also won big in the Maryland Lottery's second-chance contest.

Vernon Miller Jr. won tickets to Ravens games for 20 years in the Ravens Mega Power Promotion. (Credit: Maryland Lottery)
Vernon Miller Jr. won tickets to Ravens games for 20 years in the Ravens Mega Power Promotion. (Credit: Maryland Lottery)
A Bel Air man lit up this week after seeing his name on the Jumobtron at M&T Bank Stadium, where he will likely be spending a lot of time in the next 20 years.

Vernon Miller Jr. won the Maryland Lottery's Ravens Mega Power Promotion, a contest in which players add $1 to their Mega Millions or Powerball tickets at the time of purchase, and any non-winning tickets can be entered into a weekly drawing for Ravens prizes.

Miller and three other finalists from the drawings were treated to a tour Friday of M&T Bank Stadium that ended in the club level, where they waited to see who would be the winner of the grand prize—20 years' worth of tickets with club-level seats, including parking and $300 in "Ravens bucks."

Of the four finalists, two were from Bel Air—Miller and Cheryl Rice. The other two were from Baltimore, according to the Maryland Lottery.

"The lucky winner was breathless when he saw, 'Congratulations Vernon Miller!'" on the Jumbotron, the Maryland Lottery reported. "As the other finalists clapped and cheered, Miller threw his arms in the air and shouted, 'Go Ravens!'"

Miller told WBAL: "I never dreamed it would be me, never in a million years."

According to lottery officials, there were 207,000 entries in the Ravens drawings.

All was not lost for the other finalists—each of them, including Miller, received $5,000 on Friday, according to the Maryland Lottery.

This was the first time in the Ravens promotion's five-year history that a man has won the "Seats for 20 Years" contest. Previous winners included Kim Feather of Pasadena, Dawn Brink of Stevensville, Vanessa Williams of Rosedale and Beth Bunch of Baltimore, the agency reported.

Miller, 74, a retired maintenance mechanic, told The Aegis that he would be taking a woman with him to games—his wife, Pat. According to the paper, the couple watches the games each week during football season, and Miller has only been to one game, in the 1980s against the Colts, in person.

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