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Jul 19, 2018
Virginia Beach sisters split $10 million prize in Virginia Lottery game

They win big in “100x the Money” Scratcher gamewinner image

Juanita Simpson and Sharon Calhoun are about as close as two sisters can be. The Virginia Beach women refer to themselves as “sister-girlfriends.” Now they’ve even won the lottery together. 

The two are splitting the $10 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s 100X the Money Scratcher game.

“At first we just could not believe it,” Juanita said. ”We’re still overwhelmed!”

On July 19 they received their big check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Hampton. They had a choice of taking the full $10 million over 30 years or splitting a one-time cash option of $5,617,977 before taxes. They chose the cash option.

The winning ticket was bought at Food Lion, 11712-0 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The store receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

It happened when the sisters were visiting their brother in Newport News. He was going shopping, so they asked him to pick up the ticket for them. When he returned, they scratched it and discovered they’d won.

100x the Money features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize. This is the third and final top prize claimed in this game, which means the game will be closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end Scratcher games once the last top prize is claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,611,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.78.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Newport News, which received nearly $26.7 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, visit www.valottery.com/playing_matters.aspx. 

The 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, 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 first lotteries to make information available via Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon. The Virginia Lottery partnered with COLAB to develop the “skill” to help any Alexa user who wants information about the Virginia Lottery.

Almost one in three Americans owned a voice-activated smart speaker in August 2018, and up to half of adults could own one after the holiday shopping season, according to Adobe and the Consumer Technology Association.

To use the skill, you simply say, “Alexa, enable the Virginia Lottery.”  Some sample phrases could then be:
• “Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What were the winning Cash 5 numbers?”
• “Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What is the Powerball jackpot?”
• “Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What games can I play?”

“This is just the latest way in which the Virginia Lottery is using today’s technology to meet customers where they live and shop today,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “Along with our new smartphone app and the Lottery’s hugely popular touchscreen vending machines, Alexa helps us empower our players by providing quick, easy access to drawing results and other consumer information.”

In the future, as part of the Virginia Lottery’s Play Responsibly campaign, Alexa will be able to provide users with the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline number, where people with questions about gambling addiction can go to seek help.

COLAB is a digital agency based in Richmond, Virginia, that creates web-based solutions to solve real business problems for its clients. Through its expertise in strategy, design, development, and project management, COLAB builds custom web applications, websites and enterprise-wide digital partnerships.

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 03, 2018
She went to buy cabbage and ended up winning $225,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Vanessa WardMaryland woman wins $225,000 in WIN A SPIN LIVE SPIN

It all started with a trip to the grocery store. Vanessa Ward’s father asked her to pick up a head of cabbage. While she was at the Giant Food Store at 6800 Richmond Highway in Groveton, she also bought a WIN A SPIN Scratcher from the Virginia Lottery.

Ms. Ward, who lives in Temple Hills, Md., and works in Alexandria, scratched the ticket at home and wasn’t sure what she’d won. Turns out she’d won the game’s top prize: a LIVE SPIN on the Big Wheel and the chance to win anywhere between $100,000 and $500,000.

When it came time for her to spin the wheel at the Virginia Lottery headquarters in Richmond, she won $225,000.

She said the prize is especially timely, since she’s planning to retire soon. She said there also may be a trip to Disney World in her future.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Ward bought the winning ticket in Fairfax County, which received nearly $31.2 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