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Mar 19, 2014
Portsmouth couple wins $1 million playing Powerball

Calvin and Zatera SpencerWhen Calvin Spencer received a phone call from his father saying a ticket bought in Portsmouth had won $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing, he began to wonder. Calvin and his wife Zatera checked and discovered that million-dollar ticket was theirs!

They bought the winning ticket at Barber Tire & Auto, 5701 Portsmouth Blvd. in Portsmouth. On March 18 they returned to the store to receive their prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It feels great, fantastic,” said Mr. Spencer. “It feels like a blessing.”

The winning numbers were 14-15-28-37-54 and Powerball number was 10. Their ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number. If they had matched all six numbers, they would have won a jackpot estimated at $60 million. There was no jackpot winner in that drawing, and this was the only ticket in the nation to win the second prize by matching the first five numbers. They used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on their ticket.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 13 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 12 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

The couple owns a health care agency in Portsmouth. They said they have no immediate plans for their winnings.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.

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Jan 12, 2017
Henrico chef wins a sizzling $250,000

Melvin ColonMelvin Colon hardly ever plays the lottery. In fact, when he scratched a Money Bag Doubler ticket from the Virginia Lottery, it had been given to him by a friend.

When he first scratched the ticket, he thought he’d won $10,000.

“I couldn’t believe it!” he later said.

However, as he and the friend continued to look at the ticket, they realized it wasn’t worth $10,000. It was a $250,000 winner!

The winning ticket was bought at Speedway, 7700 West Broad Street in Richmond.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means four top prizes remain unclaimed.

Mr. Colon, who works as a chef, said he intends to use the winnings for his children’s college.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Money Bag Doubler are 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 12, 2017
North Chesterfield woman wins $1 million at “lucky lottery spot”

Rachel BatesRachel Bates had a dream about winning – sort of.

“I had a dream about a purple ticket,” the North Chesterfield woman said.

Although that wasn’t much information to go on, her boyfriend David went on a search for that purple ticket.

“I went through about six or seven games until I found it,” he said.

He found the $52 Million Cash Spectacular ticket at Cannon Express Mart , 6110 Jahnke Road in Richmond. When he gave it to her, and she scratched the ticket, they realized she’d won the $1 million top prize.

“I was freaking out,” she said. “I was crying. The clerk brought me a bottle of water.”

Ms. Bates had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It’s my lucky lottery spot!” said David.

The $52 Million Cash Spectacular game features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. As the name suggests, the game has a total of $52 million in prizes available. Ms. Bates is the fourth $1 million winner to claim, which means two top-prize tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.07.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 12, 2017
Alexandria man begins the year by winning $100,000

Marvin GonzalezThe year 2017 is getting off to a great start for Marvin Gonzalez. The Alexandria man celebrated the new year by winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 10x the Money game.

Mr. Gonzalez bought the winning ticket at Safeway, 7541 Richmond Highway in Alexandria.

As he claimed the game’s top prize, he said he couldn’t believe he won, and he never thought it would happen to him.

The 10x the Money Scratcher (game #1635) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. He is the sixth player to win the top prize in game #1635, which means one $100,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in 10x the Money are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Gonzalez said he plans to save his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 10, 2017
Electrical engineering student is shocked to win $250,000

Nisit VisavakulFor more than six months, Nisit Visavakul of Centreville had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket in his possession worth $250,000.

“It was killing me!” he said when he finally claimed his prize.

Mr. Visavakul said he wanted to take the time to make sure he does the right thing with his winnings.

He bought the Queen of Hearts Scratcher ticket in June at Mac’s Circle K, 5135 Westfield Boulevard in Centreville. When he realized how much he’d won, he said he didn’t know what to do.

“I actually didn’t believe it,” he said. “It was pretty intense.”

Mr. Visavakul, who is studying electrical engineering, said he plans to pay off student loans and continue his education debt-free.

This is the third and final top prize claimed in Queen of Hearts (game #1582), which means the game is now closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the final top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,060,800, and the odds of winning any prize were 1 in 4.29.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 10, 2017
Rockingham County woman wins $250,000

Luella BlackLuella Black thought the Virginia Lottery ticket in her hand was worth $25,000, and she was pretty happy about it. But it turns out the Dayton woman was wrong. Her ticket was actually worth $250,000.

It happened when she bought a $15 Million Payout Scratcher ticket at Dayton Mini Market, 237 Main Street in Dayton.

“I didn’t even realize how much it was worth,” she said as she claimed her prize.

The $15 Million Payout game is one of dozens available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Ms. Black’s ticket is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The odds of winning any prize in $15 Million Payout are 1 in 4.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 06, 2017
Bristow couple wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Glenn and Pam SpilmanPam Spilman didn’t get much sleep on the night of January 1. Earlier that evening, she’d checked the winning numbers in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and discovered the ticket she’d bought for her husband Glenn was one of the game’s three $1 million winners!

“All that night I kept getting up to make sure the numbers hadn’t changed,” she said.

Nevertheless, both Glenn and Pam went in to their respective jobs the next day, as if nothing had happened.

On January 5, the Bristow couple received their million-dollar check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.

Pam bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6865 Wellington Road in Manassas, while Glenn was outside pumping gas. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.  

The Spilmans said they have no immediate plans for the winnings, except to be debt-free.

The winning ticket is #103271. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Richmond and Lynchburg. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Charlottesville, Culpeper, Dumfries, Richmond, Rustburg and Yorktown. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 05, 2017
Virginia Beach couple wins $1 million playing Mega Millions
When Charles Leisure heard his wife Janet’s voice on the phone, he could tell something was up. She told him the Mega Millions ticket he’d bought for the December 27 drawing was worth a million dollars.

“I thought she might be joking until I heard her voice crack,” he said.

It was no joke. The ticket matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

He bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 720 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake, which is near where he works. He said he often goes there for lunch.

On January 5, the Virginia Beach couple returned to the store to receive the check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 2-28-30-38-39, and the Mega Ball number was 11. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket. If it had matched all six numbers, the Leisures would have won a jackpot estimated at $85 million.

They said they have no immediate plans for their winnings except to pay bills.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 03, 2017
10th Anniversary of Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Awards Kicks Off This Week!

Super Teacher AwardsEight Virginia K-12 educators will receive honors, a cash prize and classroom supplies

The Virginia Lottery, along with its partners at Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, today announced the opening of the tenth annual Super Teacher Awards. Between now and Feb. 13, 2017, Virginians can help honor outstanding public school teachers from across the Commonwealth by nominating them at www.vasuperteacher.com.

Each day, the Lottery generates more than $1.6 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016.

“The Super Teacher Awards are a great way for the Lottery to highlight our commitment to Virginia’s K-12 public schools,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “It gives the Lottery an opportunity to show Virginians that we’re game for education, and it also gives our communities a unique opportunity to show their appreciation of their local teachers. We are especially excited to mark our tenth year of this amazing program!”

Since 2008, the Super Teacher program has honored 72 teachers and awarded more than $288,000 in prizes. From this year’s nominees, eight Virginia educators will be selected as the 2017 Super Teachers, winning $2,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $2,000 in classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies.

“To say that my experience as a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher has been overwhelming would be an understatement,” said 2016 Super Teacher Gary Skeen (Virginia High School, Bristol). “This honor has brought a positive light to band programs across Southwestern Virginia. My students push themselves harder than ever before to keep achieving higher goals and standards.  I could never thank the Virginia Lottery enough for showcasing education in the state of Virginia.”

The 2017 Super Teachers will be selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

  • Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, James Madison University
  • Jane Broe, president of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association
  • Jason Long, Super Teacher 2016, Lucy Addition M.S. (Roanoke)

Anyone 18 or older can nominate a Virginia pre-K-12 public school teacher. Nominations must be received by Feb. 13, 2017. Winners will be announced online in spring 2017, and through a surprise presentation in each winning teacher’s hometown. To nominate or to learn more, visit www.vasuperteacher.com.

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When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

 

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Jan 01, 2017
Winning numbers drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

The winning numbers have been drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle. The question now is: Who has those three $1 million winning tickets?

The $1 million winners are:

  • Ticket #103271 (bought at 7-Eleven, 6865 Wellington Road, Manassas)
  • Ticket #111002 (bought at 7-Eleven, 4601 West Broad Street, Richmond)
  • Ticket #283611 (bought at Speedway, 3732 Campbell Avenue, Lynchburg)

Six additional tickets each won $25,000. Those winning tickets are:

  • Ticket #064773 (bought at Quik-E Foods, 73 Campbell Highway, Rustburg)
  • Ticket #130337 (bought at Harris Teeter, 159 Community Drive, Charlottesville)
  • Ticket #131727 (bought at Super Shin, 3962 George Washington Mem. Hwy., Yorktown)
  • Ticket #224087 (bought at 7-Eleven, 779 Madison Road, Culpeper)
  • Ticket #283906 (bought at Goldy’s, 4024 West Broad Street, Richmond)
  • Ticket #306952 (bought at Food Lion, 5227 Waterway Drive, Dumfries)

Another 300 tickets each win $500.  Those numbers are now posted at the Virginia Lottery’s website: www.valottery.com. Players can also call the Virginia Lottery Player Information Line at 804-662-LUCK. The winning numbers were drawn by the Virginia Lottery on New Year’s Day. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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