Count Joe Flacco among those that purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket prior to Tuesday's drawing.
Even though Flacco signed a $120.6 million contract this past offseason, old habits die hard. Flacco told BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink that he's been buying lottery tickets when the pot gets high since he was 18. Tuesday's jackpot was the second-highest in U.S. lottery history, reaching $648 million.
Flacco picked up his ticket at a 7-11 in Owings Mills, Md. and bumped into 22-year-old Rob Owen, who recognized the Ravens' quarterback.
The two chatted and took a picture together, which was posted on Owen's twitter account.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens">@Ravens</a> just buying some lottery tickets with <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamFlacco">@TeamFlacco</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23purplefriday&src=hash">#purplefriday</a> <a href="http://t.co/rBDdkw1alJ">pic.twitter.com/rBDdkw1alJ</a></p>— Rob Owen (@enviROBmental) <a href="https://twitter.com/enviROBmental/statuses/411670754762448896">December 14, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Of course, Flacco didn't win the lottery. Neither did Owen. Two winning tickets were purchased, one in Georgia and the other in California.
But I'm sure Flacco's just fine with the $120 million he's under contract for with his football team.