No it did not come with a scope. But unless it is a decent scope like a Leupold MK III or better and comes with 500 rounds I would be skeptical about it being a good deal. Plus the lack of sub MOA accuracy in this rifle makes putting a scope on it kind of negligible.
The other issue is reliability and accuracy. Both of which suffer in that particular rifle. I have owned 2 Mini-14's and had a lot of fun with them. But they are for plinking and good fun. I would not recommend them for anything more. I could never get the accuracy out of them that I do my AR's. Not even close.
This is a characteristic of Rugers design and lack of tolerance in their Mini-14/30 receiver. Although the Mini is loosely designed after an M1A/M-14 style receiver don't confuse the two.
Me personally, I would take the 800 and go build an AR.
But this is just my opinion! And we all know what opinions are like!!!
$800 still too much for the Mini-14, but that's not to say he won't get it after January.
Buy his ammo cheap.:) I would agree with 08, that around $500, even with the scope and some ammo. How many Mag's with it? That could kick it up a little...($650?)