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Mar 28, 2018
Falls Church woman wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Kamala Simkhada“I’m so excited and happy!”

That’s what Kamala Simkhada‘s had to say as she redeemed her winning Cash 5 ticket to the tune of $100,000. The Falls Church woman matched all five numbers in the March 11 day drawing.

She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1357 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 2-10-14-17-26. Ms. Simkhada selected her numbers using important family dates.

She said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 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.  Ms. Simkhada lives in Falls Church, which received nearly $170,000 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 14, 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnus Wins Virginia Lottery’s “Made in Virginia” Award

Timmy NguyenTimmy Nguyen, a graduate of Deep Run High School in Henrico, was honored today as one of four winners in the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural “Made in Virginia” program. As a winner, Nguyen was able to gift $9,000 in prizes to Skipwith Elementary School, where he previously attended, 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. 

Nguyen is a government employee who has served on a number of boards and community organizations across the Greater Richmond area, including the VCU Alumni Board of Governors and the FRIENDS Association for Children Board. In 2013, he created the annual “Alumni Charity Challenge” to benefit Feed More, the Central Virginia Food Bank, which this year raised 107,696 pounds of food for those in need. He also started the “Ultimate Backpack” initiative to collect over 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to donate to students in Richmond Public Schools.

“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.”

Nguyen was nominated by multiple colleagues for this award. Cheryl Burke, a nominator serving as an appointed School Board Member in Richmond’s 7th District, said, “Timmy is known as the volunteer who goes where he’s needed and never stops giving.”

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, more than $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 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