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Nov 13, 2017
His co-workers told him he was dreaming when he said he’d win a Corvette®

Alan AdamsSince he was 16 years old, Al Adams said he’s driven “a bunch of rust-bucket cars.”

No more.

The Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, man bought a Corvette® and Ca$h ticket from the Virginia Lottery when he stopped at the Sheetz at 1503 North Frederick Pike in Winchester. When he scratched it, he discovered he’d won the top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash.

“I thought, ‘This can’t be real!’” he recalled. “So I put my glasses on and checked again.”

Mr. Adams often finds himself in Virginia for his work in telecommunications. He said he stops at that Sheetz so often for his morning coffee that it’s become almost routine.

On November 9, he received the keys to his new Corvette from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The presentation took place at Lindsay Chevrolet in Woodbridge.

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the third person to scratch and win the game’s top prize. Although there are no more instant-win top prizes remaining, there is still one more top prize available in the second-chance promotion, The Ultimate Corvette® Experience. Players can enter their non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers to win that top prize. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

Mr. Adams beat odds of 1 in 1,387,200 by scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

“I told my co-workers I was going to win the car, and they said I was dreaming,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Adams bought his winning ticket in Winchester, which received more than $3.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. 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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Dec 11, 2018
Charlottesville man wins a total of $100,000 with two winning tickets in the same drawing

James Carter“I looked at it. I looked at it again, and there it was!”

That’s how James Carter described the moment he realized he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game – not once, but twice in the same drawing.

The Charlottesville man bought his tickets at Tom Thumb Food Mart located at 828 Cherry Ave. in Charlottesville. He split his wager to 50 cents on each, which means he won $50,000 for each of the two winning tickets.

“I couldn’t believe it,” the retiree said. “It feels good!”

The winning numbers for the Nov. 19 night drawing were 6-7-12-22-30. He said he often plays those numbers, but they have no special significance.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Carter lives in Charlottesville, which received nearly $2.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates 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 Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 11, 2018
Pennsylvania woman collects $1 million after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Latoyia Baskerville-UzzellShe wins Bank a Million top prize with ticket bought in Newport News

They say visiting your parents is priceless. When La Toyia Baskerville Uzzell visited her father in Newport News, she ended up winning $1 million.

The Bryn Mawr, Pa., woman bought a Bank a Million ticket while she was in Virginia and won the top prize of $1 million after taxes.

Ms. Baskerville Uzzell said she hardly ever plays the lottery, but her father does. When she visited him, he suggested some numbers, which corresponded with family birthdays.

“I’m just going to buy a ticket and see what happens,” she recalled thinking.

She bought a ticket for the Oct. 3 drawing and ended up matching the six numbers to win the top prize. The winning numbers were 5-8-9-10-26-31. The Bonus Ball number was 17, although she didn’t need it to win the top prize.

Her father, who is retired from the Army, checked the winning numbers and called to tell her she won.

“No, I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it!” she replied.

The 7-Eleven at 12801 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The top prizes in Bank a Million ($1 million, $500,000 and $250,000) are calculated so that winners receive the prize amount after federal and state tax withholdings.

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the $1 million prize with a $2 ticket. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Baskerville Uzzell bought the ticket in Newport News, which received nearly $26.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates 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 Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 11, 2018
Culpeper woman scratches to win $200,000

She collects top prize in Big Money Maker game

Ricarda RamosRicarda Ramos of Culpeper was out with her husband when they decided to play some Virginia Lottery games.

They stopped at Safeway in the Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper and bought a few tickets. When she scratched them, she realized she’d won the $200,000 top prize in the Big Money Maker game.

“Oh, we were so happy,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I jumped!”

She claimed the fourth and final top prize in the Big Money Maker game, which means the game is now closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the last remaining top prize is claimed.

The game featured prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. The odds of winning that top prize were 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Big Money Maker were 1 in 4.00.

Ms. Ramos, who is retired, said the prize came just in time for Christmas.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Ramos lives in Culpeper County, which received more than $4.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates 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 Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 06, 2018
Would you throw away $100,000? - Two Virginia Lottery tickets bought in Wytheville will expire soon unless claimed

Virginia Lottery logoSomewhere, there are two Virginia Lottery Cash 5 tickets worth a combined $100,000. Both were bought at the same store in Wytheville for the same drawing, and both will expire soon unless they’re claimed by the winner(s).

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. That means both tickets are set to expire at the close of business (5 p.m.) on Thursday, Dec. 20, unless they’re redeemed.

The tickets each won $50,000 in the June 23 night drawing by matching all five winning numbers: 12-14-24-25-29. The tickets were bought at 4th Street Market at 395 North 4th St. in Wytheville.

Whoever has one or both winning tickets should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 276-676-5540 or 804-692-7000.

Unclaimed prizes go to Virginia’s Literary Fund, which is used solely for educational purposes such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11p.m. The odds of matching all five numbers are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The tickets were bought in Wythe County, which received more than $2.3 million in Lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates 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 Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 06, 2018
Virginia Beach Educator Wins Virginia Lottery’s “Made in Virginia” Award

Bridgette BertholdBridgette Berthold, a graduate of Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, was honored today as the first of four winners in the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural “Made in Virginia” program. As a winner, Berthold was able to gift $9,000 in prizes to Green Run High School, the school where she now teaches, and will be featured in a Virginia Lottery “Made in Virginia” commercial set to air in January 2019.

Launched for the first time this year, the goal of “Made in Virginia” is to recognize exceptional individuals who got their start in Virginia public schools. Four graduates who have created noteworthy success in their career, overcome remarkable adversity or demonstrated a relentless passion for service to their community, were selected from among hundreds of statewide nominees. 

Berthold is an educator at Green Run High School (GRHS) who was nominated for her tireless commitment in creating engaging, unique lesson plans to better serve the Hampton Roads community. She co-founded the GRHS Innovation Lab, a program that modifies the traditional high school experience for at-risk students by building new curriculum around their passions.

“The winners of the ‘Made in Virginia’ award exemplify not only the inspiring graduates we have here in the Commonwealth, but also demonstrate the instrumental role our K-12 public schools play in a student’s ultimate life success,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “Honoring these tremendous graduates feels like the perfect way to celebrate our 30-year mission to benefit Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”

The four “Made in Virginia” winners – one each from the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of the state – get to award $9,000 in prizes, including $5,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $4,000 in school supplies from The Supply Room, to the Virginia K-12 public school of their choice. Those schools may use those winnings to address their unique needs.

“The education that students receive in our public schools creates a lasting impact – and ultimately shapes the inspirational advocates, innovators and leaders of the future,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “There are endless success stories that originate in Virginia’s classrooms, and it’s time we recognize those community members.”

Chris Jacobs, a fellow educator at GRHS who nominated Berthold, said, “Bridgette pulls off the impossible every day because she believes so deeply that every child deserves the best educational opportunities possible.”

The launch of “Made in Virginia” coincides with the Lottery’s 30th birthday in 2018. The first Lottery ticket was sold on September 20, 1988, and since 1999, a combined $9 billion in Virginia Lottery profits have benefited K-12 public schools.

The four “Made in Virginia” winners will be announced throughout December. To learn more, visit the Virginia Lottery Media Center.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates 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 Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 04, 2018
“Alexa, tell me the latest Virginia Lottery winning numbers!”

Virginia Lottery logoLottery information is now as close as your virtual assistant

So you want to know the latest winning numbers? How about the date and time of the next big drawing? How big is the jackpot? What games are available from the Virginia Lottery?

No problem. Alexa knows.

The Virginia Lottery has become one of the firs