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Jan 03, 2018
The “Lucky Four” win $1 million prize in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

For seven years, four friends have played Virginia Lottery games together: Powerball, Mega Millions and Bank a Million, among others. This year, they used their winnings from those games to buy 20 tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

One of those tickets won the $1 million top prize.

The “Lucky Four” are:

  • Dana Harris of Virginia Beach
  • Steven Hughes of Suffolk
  • Bradley Vaughn of Chesapeake
  • Timothy Bateman of Shawboro, NC

Mr. Harris bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1900 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach. On January 3, the four old friends gathered at the store to receive their checks, $250,000 apiece before taxes, from Virginia Lottery officials. The store received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Their winning ticket is #332284. The other two top-prize winning tickets in the January 1 drawing were bought in Bedford and Stafford. Five additional tickets won $100,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Charlottesville, Leesburg, Ridgeway, South Hill and Virginia Beach. An additional 500 tickets each won $500.

Do the four friends plan to continue playing? Absolutely! In fact, they said they’ve already got their tickets for the next Mega Millions and Powerball drawings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Virginia Beach, which received more than $26.6 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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Sep 12, 2018
He stopped mowing the lawn long enough to win $10 million prize

Amelia Courthouse man wins big in “Extreme Millions” Scratcher game

Which would you rather do, mow the lawn or win the lottery?

Of course, that’s not exactly the choice Charles Martin had after he got home from work one evening. He was mowing his lawn, but It started raining. So the Amelia Courthouse man put the lawn mower away and went to his favorite convenience store, 460 Pit Stop, 21019 East Colonial Trail Highway in Blackstone. He played a few Virginia Lottery games, and then tried an Extreme Millions  ticket.

“I scratched it and I about had a heart attack!” he said.

His ticket was $10 million winner. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 2,937,600.

He took it to the store owner who scanned it and said, “Oh, it must be a good one because I can’t pay it!”

On September 12, Mr. Martin returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. He had a choice of taking the full $10 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $6,570,302 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Extreme Millions features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize. The $10 million prize is the largest prize offered in any Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means two more $10 million prizes remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Martin bought his winning ticket in Nottoway County, which received more than $2 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 $1.6 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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Sep 11, 2018
Grottoes woman wins $1m prize in "$30 Million Cash Out" game

Iva RobinsonWhen Iva Robinson called her husband with the news that she’d won a million-dollar prize playing the Virginia Lottery, he didn’t believe her.

“He told me I was lying,” the Grottoes woman said.

“Wait until you get home!” was her reply.

It was no lie. She scratched to win the top prize in the $30 Million Cash Out game with a ticket she bought at 3-B Grocery, 2594 East Side Highway in Crimora. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

The $30 Million Cash Out game features prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000,000. She’s the second person to claim the top prize, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed in this game.

Ms. Robinson says she rarely plays the lottery. Her husband plays more than she does. “I buy them and she wins!” he said as she received her check from the Virginia Lottery.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,162,800. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.48.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Robinson lives in Rockingham County, which received more than $7.3 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 $1.6 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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Sep 11, 2018
Alexandria man calmly wins $250,000

Julio Martinez CentenoWhen Julio Martinez Centeno scratched to win $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Money Mania game, he was calm. But the same can’t be said for his family.

“We were jumping up and down!” said his granddaughter.

The Alexandria man bought his winning ticket at Gateway Newsstand, 1691 Crystal Square Arcade in Arlington.

He said he scratched the ticket in the Crystal City store, but didn’t immediately realize he’d won. It wasn’t until he took it home and showed his family that he realized he’d won big.

The $250,000 Money Mania game is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 to $250,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 367,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.0.

Mr. Centeno, who is a maintenance supervisor, is the fifth person to claim the game’s top prize, which means five more remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Centeno lives in Alexandria, which received more than $3.2 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 $1.6 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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Sep 06, 2018
Norfolk man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Geoffrey CurwenWhen Geoffrey Curwen’s wife came home from work, she had some interesting news. The store where the couple liked to play the Virginia Lottery had recently sold a big winning ticket. Someone had won $100,000 playing Cash 5.

So the Norfolk man checked the winning numbers from the August 17 day drawing and made an astounding discovery: He had that winning ticket!

Mr. Curwen matched all five numbers: 3-9-12-28-33. He selected those numbers because his wife liked to play them.

He bought his winning ticket at Arrowhead Food Mart, 5636 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.

The retiree said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

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. Mr. Curwen lives in Norfolk, which received more than $29.7 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, click here.

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, 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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Sep 06, 2018
Call for Entries: Virginia Lottery Launches “Made in Virginia” Awards to Celebrate 30th Birthday and Lottery’s Significant Support for K-12 Public Schools

Made in VirginiaThe Virginia Lottery has introduced a new campaign to recognize exceptional individuals who got their start in Virginia public schools. Launched on September 4, Made in Virginia is calling for individuals to nominate public-school educated Virginians who have found success in their career, overcome adversity or demonstrated a passion for service to their community. The four selected graduates will get the opportunity to award $9,000 in prizes to the Virginia K-12 public school which played an instrumental role in their future success. The four winners will be featured in a statewide commercial set to air in early 2019.

The launch of Made in Virginia coincides with the Lottery’s 30th birthday this month. 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.

“We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ to Virginians for 30 years of good fun for such a great cause – our K-12 schools,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We are excited to commemorate our 30th birthday by celebrating those remarkable graduates and the K-12 schools which played instrumental roles in their ultimate success.”

The $9,000 in prizes, which will be awarded to the Virginia public school of the winner’s choice, includes $5,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $4,000 in school supplies from The Supply Room Companies. The four schools that are honored may use those winnings to address their unique needs.

“Education has the power to positively influence individuals’ paths and the future of communities big and small – it influenced me, and it’s why I chose to be a public school teacher,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “Ask around and I guarantee you’ll hear of success stories that began from a lesson in school, an inspirational teacher or life-changing academic experience.”

Nominations will be accepted at MadeinVirginia.com through October 12, 2018. Four winners will be selected – one each from the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of Virginia – and announced later this year. To qualify, winners must have attended a Virginia public school and graduated between 1999 and 2018. 

For more information about the Made in Virginia nomination process and eligibility requirements, visit MadeinVirginia.com.

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, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube.

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Sep 06, 2018
Potomac Falls man wins twice in the same drawing for $200,000

William JohnsonWilliam Johnson was planning to retire next year after more than 50 years with the same company. Now the Potomac Falls man has some extra retirement money. He matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the top prize – not once, but twice!

Mr. Johnson had two tickets in the August 25 night drawing, both with the same numbers: 8-15-18-26-33. When those numbers were drawn, both tickets won the game’s $100,000 top prize, for a total of $200,000.

“I just had a smile on my face yesterday,” he said as he claimed his prize two days after the drawing.

He bought his winning tickets at Super Giant, 43670 Greenway Corp Drive in Ashburn. He said he often plays Cash 5 using multiple tickets with the same numbers.

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.  Mr. Johnson lives in Loudoun County, which received more than $12.8 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 $1.6 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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Sep 06, 2018
Roanoke woman wins $777,777 in “Blazing Hot 7s” game

Spfia ChunSofia Chun was driving back home to Roanoke after visiting family in Richmond.

She stopped for a break at Oilville BP Pit Stop on Broad Street in Oilville. While she was there, she picked up a Blazing Hot 7s ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

When she later scratched the ticket in the car, she realized she’d won the game’s top prize of $777,777.

“It’s a miracle!” she said as she claimed her prize.

Blazing Hot 7s is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $777,777. She’s the third person to claim the top prize, which means one top prize remains unclaimed in this game.

Ms. Chun said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Chun lives in Roanoke City, which received more than $16.5 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 $1.6 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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Sep 05, 2018
Charlottesville man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

John ArhinJohn Arhin matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the $100,000 top prize.

The Charlottesville man selected his own numbers on a ticket he bought for the August 17 day drawing at the 7-Eleven at 2025 Ivy Road in Charlottesville.

The winning numbers for that drawing 3-9-12-28-33.

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.  Mr. Arhin 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 to Virginia school districts, click here.

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, 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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Sep 05, 2018
Centreville man wins $200,000 on his way to work

John KennyJohn Kenny had some time before he needed to go in to work. So the Centreville man stopped at Kingstown Sunoco on Kingstown Center Drive in Alexandria and bought three Virginia Lottery tickets. When he scratched the third one, he saw something he’d never seen before.

“Oh man, I’ve won $200,000,” he recalled saying to himself.

However, he wasn’t certain until he took the ticket to store clerk, who checked the ticket and said, “We can’t pay that!”

Mr. Kenny won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Big Money Maker Scratcher game. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Big Money Maker are 1 in 4.00.

The line maintenance man said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills and take care of his family.

This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Kenny lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 28, 2018
Construction worker scratches to win $1 million prize

Luis Gomez PalmaLuis Gomez Palma stopped at the 7-Eleven because he was thirsty. He left with a million-dollar winning lottery ticket.

The Woodbridge man won it in the Virginia Lottery’s Extreme Millions game.

“I could feel my heart beating so fast!” he said, recalling the moment he realized he was scratching a winning ticket. “I was nervous.”

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store that sold the winning ticket, 7-Eleven at 18075 Fraley Boulevard in Dumfries, receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

He said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and save for his children’s education.

Extreme Millions features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million. The $1 million prize he won is actually the game’s second prize. This is the fourth $1,000,000 prize claimed in this game, which means eight more remain unclaimed.

One $10 million top prize has been claimed in this game, which means three remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,937,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.97.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Gomez Palma lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 27, 2018
“Oh yeah, that’s a winner right there!” -- Norfolk man wins $100,000

Christopher WhitfieldWhen Christopher Whitfield scratched his 10X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery he quickly discovered he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“Oh yeah, that’s a winner right there!” he said.

The Norfolk man bought his winning ticket at Valero Quick Mart, 1300 Berkley Avenue in Chesapeake.

Mr. Whitfield said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The 10X the Money game (game #1894) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. He is the first top prize winner in game #1894, which means six $100,000 tickets are unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143, while the odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money are 1 in 4.28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Whitfield lives in Norfolk, which received more than $29.7 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, click here.

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, 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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Aug 27, 2018
Five winning tickets in the same drawing: Woodbridge woman wins $500,000

Shirley CameronShirley Cameron was watching a movie with her granddaughter when she checked the winning numbers and discovered she’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I was too excited to watch the rest of the movie,” she said.

Normally that stroke of luck would win $100,000. However, Ms. Cameron had, not one, but five tickets in the August 11 day drawing, each with the same five numbers. That means she won a total of $500,000.

Those winning numbers were 1-4-5-17-18. She selected her numbers using family birthdays. She bought her tickets at Safeway, 4240 Merchant Plaza in Woodbridge.

This isn’t the first time Ms. Cameron has matched all five numbers playing Cash 5. In 2014 she won $200,000 in a single drawing and in 2013 she won $100,000. She said she plays every day.

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. Cameron lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 27, 2018
Maryland man wins $250,000 with ticket he bought in Fauquier County

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson thought he’d won $2,000 and he was excited about it. But when the Waldorf, Maryland, man got home and took another look at his ticket, he realized he was wrong. He’d actually won $250,000.

He bought the winning Cash Multiplier ticket at Nick’s Deli & Country Store, 11127 March Road in Bealeton.

“When you see something like this, it’s hard to believe,” he said as he redeemed his ticket with the Virginia Lottery.

Cash Multiplier is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $250,000. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

Mr. Johnson is the third person to claim the top prize in this game, which means one $250,000 ticket is unclaimed.

He said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and take his wife on vacation.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Fauquier County, which received more than $2 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 $1.6 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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Aug 27, 2018
Woodford man collects $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Harry Lewis“I thought I blacked out!”

That was Harry Lewis’ reaction when he realized he matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the $100,000 top prize.

When the Woodford man told his niece, she didn’t believe him.

“She had to take the ticket out of my hand and look at it,” he said.

He bought the winning ticket for the August 10 night drawing at Fas Mart, 8520 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg.

The winning numbers were 12-14-24-30-33. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

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.  Mr. Lewis lives outside of Woodford in Spotsylvania County, which received nearly $9 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 $1.6 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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Aug 22, 2018
Williamsburg woman wins $177,777 in Virginia Lottery’s “7” game

Jenna DattilioAs a bookkeeper, Jenna Dattilio knows a thing or two about numbers. That may be one reason she decided to play a Virginia Lottery game called “7.

The Williamsburg woman won the game’s $177,777 top prize.

“There’s no way!” was her reaction when she scratched to reveal the top prize. “I didn’t believe it!”

She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 5534 Centerville Road in James City County.

She claimed the fourth and final top prize in “7,” which means the game is now closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games after the last top prize is claimed. The chances of winning the top prize were 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game were 1 in 4.19.

Ms. Dattilio said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  She bought the winning ticket in James City 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 to Virginia school districts, click here.

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, 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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Aug 22, 2018
A bowl of ice cream, a movie, and a winning lottery ticket -- Campbell County woman wins $250,000

Lisa BoyerIt was just a normal Saturday evening. Lisa Boyer of Rustburg was settling in to watch a movie with a bowl of ice cream. What she didn’t expect was to scratch a winning lottery ticket for $250,000.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said. “It was a real shocker!”

Ms. Boyer won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Money Mania game. She bought her winning ticket at Rustburg Mini Mart, 462 Village Highway in Rustburg.

The $250,000 Money Mania game is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 to $250,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 367,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.0.

She’s the fourth person to claim the game’s top prize, which means six more remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Boyer lives in Campbell County, which received more than $4.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 22, 2018
Retired Fairfax County schools employee wins $100,000

Steven RorlsSteven Rorls has something in common with the Virginia Lottery: they both have a history of working for education in Virginia. For years Mr. Rorls worked as a building supervisor with Fairfax County Public Schools. The Lottery, of course, generates funds for K-12 education across the Commonwealth.

Now they have something else in common: Mr. Rorls won the lottery! On May 29, he matched all five winning numbers in the Cash 5 night drawing.

“When I first discovered it, I didn’t believe it!” he said.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-14-19-26-30. He selected his numbers using family birthdays.

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 16170 Country Club Drive in Dumfries.

Mr. Rorls, who now lives in Fort Washington, MD, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

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.  Fairfax County received more than $32.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 22, 2018
Centreville woman claims the top prize in Cash 5

Sana AhmedSana Ahmed doesn’t play the lottery very often, but once was all it took when the Centreville woman won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

She bought her winning ticket for the July 29 day drawing at Harris Teeter, 25401 Eastern Market Place Plaza in Chantilly.

The winning numbers were 7-11-15-25-27. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

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. Ahmed lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 22, 2018
Newport News woman wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Crisanta Poucher“I called my husband and I was screaming. He didn’t believe me.”

That’s how Crisanta Poucher recalls the moment immediately after she discovered she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Newport News woman matched all five winning numbers in the August 3 day drawing to win the game’s top prize. The winning numbers were 4-13-23-31-33. She selected her numbers using family birthdays.

She bought the winning ticket at Denbigh Food Mart, 420 Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News.

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. Poucher lives 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, click here.

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, 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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Aug 22, 2018
Adjunct professor wins $100,000 playing “Super Crossword” game

Ralph IrbyRalph Irby was sitting at home, putting some ice on his bad foot, as he scratched a Super Crossword ticket from the Virginia Lottery. Suddenly, the Chesapeake man realized he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I did a dance on the good foot!” he said.

Mr. Irby, an adjunct professor at two Hampton Roads universities, said he selected that particular game because, as an educator, he enjoys crossword games.

Super Crossword features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. This is the fourth and final top prize claimed in this game, which means it’s now closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games after the last top prize is claimed. The chances of winning the top prize in Super Crossword were 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize were 1 in 4.15.

Mr. Irby bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1268 Cedar Road in Chesapeake.

He said he hopes to use his winnings to treat his family and have some work done on his house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Irby lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 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 $1.6 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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Aug 20, 2018
NC man wins a Ford Expedition® and $100,000 cash with ticket bought in Portsmouth

“I scratched it in the car, and I was baffled! I didn’t think it was real!”

That’s how Brian Stitz recalled the moment he realized he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition® Plus $100K game.

Mr. Stitz, who lives in Moyock, NC, and works in Chesapeake, VA, is the second person to claim the top prize of $100,000 cash and a new Ford Expedition® Platinum Edition. He bought his winning ticket at Red Barn Food Store, 3960 Garwood Avenue in Portsmouth.

On August 20, he received the keys to his white platinum-colored vehicle at Cavalier Ford Lincoln in Chesapeake. Mr. Stitz, who works as a sheet metal mechanic, said he may take a vacation with his new vehicle.

“It’s overwhelming!” he said.

Ford Expedition® Plus $100K 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 second person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning ticket is unclaimed. And that’s not all. Non-winning Ford Expedition® Plus $100K Scratchers can be entered in the Ford Expedition® 2nd Chance Lottery Promotion for a chance to win a top prize of – you guessed it – a Ford Expedition® and $100,000.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Ford Expedition® Plus $100K are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.16.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Stitz bought his winning ticket in Portsmouth, which received more than $14.2 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 $1.6 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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Aug 10, 2018
Herndon man drives off in a new Ford Expedition® with $100,000 cash

Santos Munquia MatuteSantos Munguia Matute is driving in style. The Herndon man scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition® Plus $100K game. His prize, as the name suggests, is $100,000 cash and a new Ford Expedition® Platinum Edition.

On August 10, he received the keys to his new vehicle from the Virginia Lottery at Koons Sterling Ford in Sterling.

He bought his winning ticket at Fresh World Herndon, 1070 Elden Street in Herndon.

Ford Expedition® Plus $100K 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 first person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000.

And that’s not all. Non-winning Ford Expedition® Plus $100K Scratchers can be entered in the Ford Expedition® 2nd Chance Lottery Promotion for a chance to win a top prize of – you guessed it – a Ford Expedition® and $100,000.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Ford Expedition® Plus $100K are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.16.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Munguia bought his winning ticket in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 09, 2018
North Chesterfield man wins top prize in Cash 5 game

Jesus BedoyaJesus Bedoya’s stroke of luck resulted in him winning $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery. The North Chesterfield man matched all five numbers in the July 25 Cash 5 day drawing to win the game’s top prize.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 9700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond.

Those winning numbers were 2-4-6-9-21. He selected the numbers on his ticket rather than using Easy Pick.

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.  Mr. Bedoya lives in Chesterfield County, which received more than $17.8 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 $1.6 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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Aug 09, 2018
Chesapeake man collects $1,000,000 after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Joseph Brightwell“I’ve been called many things, but I’ve never been called a millionaire. Now I can be called a millionaire!”

That was Joseph Brightwell’s reaction when he redeemed his Bank a Million ticket for the top prize of $1 million after taxes.

The Chesapeake man matched all six numbers in the July 21 drawing. The winning numbers were 11-23-24-25-34-39. The Bonus Ball number was 2, although he didn’t need it to win the top prize. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 242 Battlefield Boulevard South in Chesapeake. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Brightwell, who is retired from the Navy, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to take care of his family.

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

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the million-dollar 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.  Mr. Brightwell lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 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 $1.6 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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Aug 03, 2018
Woodbridge man wins $300,000 in “Instant Jackpot” game

Hector AmayaWhen Hector Amaya scratched his Instant Jackpot ticket from the Virginia Lottery and realized he’d won the game’s $300,000 top prize, his first reaction was, “Oh no!” He said he then proceeded to check the ticket again and again and again.

The Woodbridge man bought his winning ticket at Giant, 4309 Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

Instant Jackpot (game #1911) is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $300,000. Mr. Amaya is the first person to claim the top prize in this game, which means three $300,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,836,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.07.

Mr. Amaya, who works in the construction maintenance field, said he plans to use his winnings to fix up his house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Amaya lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 03, 2018
South Hill man matches all five numbers in Cash 5 to win $100,000

David BobbittDavid Bobbitt of South Hill spends a lot of time on the road. As he was driving through Colonial Heights recently, he stopped at the Shop & Go Mart at 501 Southpark Boulevard.

That turned into a $100,000 stop when he played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game and won the game’s top prize.

Mr. Bobbitt matched all five numbers in the July 26 night drawing. Those winning numbers were 6-12-18-24-32.

So how did he react when he realized he won? Did he jump up and down and shout?

“At my age you don’t do a lot of jumping,” he said. “You just savor it.”

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.  Mr. Bobbitt lives in Mecklenburg County, which received more than $2.5 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 $1.6 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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Aug 03, 2018
Warrenton man wins $1 million prize, waits two months to redeem winning ticket

Fred DoveFor two months, Fred Dove had a secret. The Warrenton man had a 20X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery in his possession worth a million dollars.

“I was so excited, but I needed to plan,” he said when he finally did redeem his winning ticket. “I needed to get my thoughts together.”

Not only that, but Mr. Dove, who is self-employed as a service handyman, was busy completing a contract for some clients and didn’t want to return until the job was done.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He bought his ticket at New Baltimore Shell, 5021 Lee Highway in Warrenton. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Dove said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, but he said he may treat himself at some point.

He is the fourth and final person to claim the top prize in 20X the Money (Game #1781), which means the game is being closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game were 1 in 1,162,800. The chances of winning any prize were 1 in 3.52.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Dove bought his winning ticket in Fauquier County, which received more than $2 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 $1.6 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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Aug 03, 2018
Virginia Beach woman uses Power Play to win $100,000 in Powerball

Florian MayerFlorian Mayer was driving home from work when she stopped at a 7-Eleven and bought a Powerball ticket. The next day, when the Virginia Beach woman checked the winning numbers, she saw that she had matched a number, then another number, then another.

Finally, she realized she’d matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would be worth $50,000. However, when Ms. Mayer bought her ticket, she spent an extra buck for Power Play. The Power Play for that drawing was 2X, so that decision doubled her prize to $100,000.

“I couldn’t believe this is happening!” she later said.

The winning numbers in the July 25 drawing were 2-18-41-44-64, and the Powerball number was 26. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

She bought her winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 4660 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Mayer lives in Virginia Beach, which received more than $28.6 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 $1.6 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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Jul 31, 2018
“Wait, that can’t be right!” -- Virginia Beach man wins $1 million prize

Alfred CrossWhen Alfred Cross scratched his 20X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he didn’t believe what he was seeing.

“I thought, ‘Wait, that can’t be right!’” he recalled. “I thought it was a misprint.”

There was no mistake. The Virginia Beach man had scratched to win the game’s $1 million top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Walmart Neighborhood Market, 3201 Holland Road in Virginia Beach, where he had stopped for groceries.

He had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $610,874 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The retired postal employee said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The 20X the Money Scratcher (Game #1893) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. He’s the first person to claim the top prize in game #1893, which means three more remain unclaimed.

The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.51.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Cross bought his winning ticket in Virginia Beach, which received more than $28.6 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 $1.6 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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Jul 31, 2018
Springfield man collects $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Victor Soriano“I always feed people first. I buy food for anybody, including strangers, and then if I have money left over I play the lottery.”

That’s how Victor Soriano of Springfield said he happened to play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game on July 17. He matched all five numbers in the night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

The winning numbers were 5-11-15-21-27. He selected a group of numbers that he’s played in the past.

Mr. Soriano bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6225 Backlick Road in Springfield.

He said he plans to pay bills with his winnings and give the rest to his wife.

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.  Mr. Soriano lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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 $1.6 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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Jul 31, 2018
Mechanicsville woman wins $1 million prize in Extreme Millions Second-Chance Promotion

Andrea StoneburnerWhen Andrea Stoneburner scratched her Extreme Millions ticket from the Virginia Lottery, she could see that it was not a winning ticket. However, instead of throwing the ticket away, the Mechanicsville woman entered it in the Virginia Lottery’s Extreme Millions Second-Chance Promotion.

That ended up being a million-dollar decision.

When the drawing was held on July 3, her ticket was drawn out of more than 272,000 entries to win the million-dollar top prize.

When she was informed of her of win, she said she thought it was a scam. In fact, when she told her mother about it, her mother sent her information about scams and fraud.

Ms. Stoneburner, a labor and delivery registered nurse working toward her midwife certification, had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

There will be two more million-dollar prizes drawn in the Extreme Millions Second-Chance Promotion. Those drawings will be held on November 6, 2018, and April 2, 2019. Players can enter their non-winning Extreme Millions ticket in order to be eligible for a chance to win.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Stoneburner lives in Hanover County, which received more than $2.8 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 $1.6 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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Jul 31, 2018
Bland County man wins $100,000 playing Powerball

William HarnerWhen William Harner of Ceres bought a Powerball ticket for the July 18 drawing, he spent an extra dollar for Power Play. When he ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, that extra buck doubled his prize from $50,000 to $100,000.

He bought his ticket at Circle K, 8006 South Scenic Highway in Bland.

The winning numbers were 1-10-27-28-36, and the Powerball number was 12. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Harner lives in Bland County, which received more than $264,000 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 $1.6 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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Jul 31, 2018
She stopped for gas and ended up with a $250,000 Virginia Lottery ticket

Eva Maria Ruiz“We couldn’t believe it! We just looked at each other.”

That’s how Eva Maria Ruiz recalled the moment she and her husband discovered they’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 CASH game. 

It happened when the couple stopped for gas at Signal Hill Sunoco, 9640 Liberia Avenue in Manassas.

Ms. Ruiz, who owns a small business, said she has no immediate plans for the winnings.

She is the third player to scratch to win the top prize in $250,000 CASH (game #1829), which means one top prize remains unclaimed in this game. The game features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,836,000. The odds of winning any prize in $250,000 CASH are 1 in 4.08.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Ruiz lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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 $1.6 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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Jul 27, 2018
Arlington man wins $200,000 in Powerball -- He uses Power Play to quadruple his prize

Guy De KoninckWith two sons in college, Guy De Koninck has been investing for years in Virginia529. Occasionally, for fun, he stops at the store near where he works in Rosslyn and plays a Virginia Lottery game or two.

Now the Arlington man has another source of funds to help pay for his sons’ educations: He won $200,000 playing Powerball.

“It feels pretty awesome,” the U. S. Navy veteran said as he claimed his prize. “I checked the numbers and woke up my wife. I think she was slightly annoyed.”

He matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the July 11 drawing. Normally that would win $50,000. However, he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought his ticket. The Power Play in that drawing was 4X, which quadrupled his prize to $200,000.

He bought the winning ticket at Lobby Shop, 1300 North 17th Street in Arlington. The winning numbers were 19-21-27-46-47, and the Powerball number was 7. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. De Koninck lives in Arlington, which received more than $4.6 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 $1.6 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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Jul 26, 2018
A visit to Virginia results in $100,000 Cash 5 win

Christie MatthewsA former Virginia resident, Christie Matthews drives back and forth regularly from her home in Kill Devil Hills, NC, to visit family in the Hampton Roads area. When she does, she likes to stop at the Border Station on South Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake, right on the state line.

On a recent trip, she played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She tucked the ticket in her purse and forgot about it. About a month later, she found the ticket, checked the numbers, and discovered she’d been carrying around a $100,000 ticket all that time.

She matched all five numbers in the June 10 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. The winning numbers were 7-15-20-23-34.

Ms. Matthews, who is a bookkeeper, said she hopes to use her winnings for home repair.

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. Matthews bought the winning ticket in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 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 $1.6 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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Jul 26, 2018
Lucky day: Vinton man wins $200,000 on Friday the 13th

Danny Nunley“Friday the 13th is going to be sort of lucky for us from now on.”

That’s how Sherry Nunley reacted to her husband Danny Nunley winning $200,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Jewel 7s Scratcher game. 


On July 13, a Friday, he stopped at Happy Shopper, 931 Gus Nicks Boulevard NE in Roanoke, to get some drinks. 

When he scratched the ticket, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. So he asked his wife to confirm that it was indeed a top prize winner.

“I don’t think so,” she replied. “We’re not that lucky.”

Jewel 7s (game #1676) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Black Opal, White Pearl, Aqua Marine or Green Jade. Prizes range from $5 to $200,000. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27. 

He’s the seventh person to claim the top prize in game #1676, which means three $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The Nunleys live in Roanoke County, which received more than $3.6 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
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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, 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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Jul 25, 2018
Jackpot run generates an estimated $11.6 million in profit for K-12 education in Virginia

Virginia Lottery logoFive Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia each win $10,000

Although the jackpot-winning ticket in the July 24 Mega Millions drawing was not bought in Virginia, there was no shortage of winners in the Commonwealth. More than 91,000 tickets bought in Virginia won prizes, including five tickets that each won $10,000.

In the 11 weeks leading up to last night’s drawing, during which the jackpot gradually grew to $543 million, the sale of Mega Millions tickets in Virginia generated an estimated $11.6 million in profits. By law, all of those profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. Just two weeks ago, the Virginia Lottery announced it turned over to the Commonwealth more than $600 million in Fiscal Year 2018 for education.

The five Virginia tickets that each won $10,000 in the July 24 drawing did so by matching four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball number. Those tickets were bought at:
• Subtrack Food Mart, 5369 East Princess Anne Road, Norfolk           
• Kroger, 9480 West Broad Street, Richmond          
• Cismont Market & Deli, 5412 Louisa Road, Keswick           
• 7-Eleven, 11171 Balls Ford Road, Manassas          
• 7-Eleven, 9500 West Broad Street, Richmond

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.
 
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  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 a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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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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Jul 13, 2018
NC man wins a new Ford Expedition® and $100,000 cash with a ticket bought in Portsmouth

Brian Stitz“I scratched it in the car, and I was baffled! I didn’t think it was real!”

That’s how Brian Stitz recalled the moment he realized he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition® Plus $100K game.

Mr. Stitz, who lives in Moyock, NC, and works in Chesapeake, VA, is the second person to claim the top prize of $100,000 cash and a new Ford Expedition® Platinum Edition.

He bought his winning ticket at Red Barn Food Store, 3960 Garwood Avenue in Portsmouth.

He received the $100,000 portion of the prize when he redeemed his winning ticket. He had several options available for the vehicle. He should receive the keys to his new set of wheels in a few weeks.

Mr. Stitz, who works as a sheet metal mechanic, said he may take a vacation with his new vehicle.

“It’s overwhelming!” he said.

Ford Expedition® Plus $100K 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 second person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning tickets are unclaimed. And that’s not all. Non-winning Ford Expedition® Plus $100K Scratchers can be entered in the Ford Expedition® 2nd Chance Lottery Promotion for a chance to win a top prize of – you guessed it – a Ford Expedition® and $100,000.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Ford Expedition® Plus $100K are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.16.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Stitz bought his winning ticket in Portsmouth, which received more than $14.2 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 $1.6 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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Jul 13, 2018
“I’m still in shock!” -- Fairfax man wins $5 million prize in “50X the Money” Scratcher game

Humberto MercadoWhen Humberto Mercado scratched the 50X the Money ticket he’d just bought, he thought his eyes might be playing tricks on him.

“I didn’t believe it,” the Fairfax man said. “I’m still in shock!”

The ticket he bought at Four Mile Run Shell, 4060 Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, was a $5 million winner.

He had the choice of taking the full $5 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $3,379,909 before taxes. He selected the cash option.

Mr. Mercado, who works in construction, said he has no immediate plans.

“It’s nerve-wracking,” he said.

The 50X the Money game (game #1770) is one of dozens of Scratchers from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $5 million. This is the first top prize claimed in 50X the Money, which means two more remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the $5 million prize are 1 in 1,876,800, while the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.07.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Mercado lives in Fairfax City, which received more than $288,000 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 $1.6 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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Jul 11, 2018
Governor Northam Announces Record Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits

~ Lottery profits for K-12 education top $600 million for first time in Virginia Lottery history ~
 
RICHMOND—Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Lottery completed its best year ever, with record sales of $2.14 billion and profits topping $600 million for the first time. The news was delivered at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held in Richmond today. Virginia’s Constitution requires that all Virginia Lottery profits be deposited in the Lottery Proceeds Fund, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of K-12 public education programs. The previous record, set in Fiscal Year 2016, was $588 million.
 
These numbers are unaudited figures. The final, audited results will be released in August.
 
“Today’s news is a big win for public education in Virginia, particularly for the students and educators across our Commonwealth who benefit from this funding,” said Governor Northam. “Not only is the Lottery generating record profits, but the General Assembly has raised the Lottery per Pupil Allocation, giving school districts throughout Virginia more flexibility to use lottery funds to meet their local needs.”
 
“This $600 million will support so many areas of Virginia’s K-12 education system and will benefit teachers and students in all parts of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Atif Qarni.
 
Lottery players shared in the year’s success through a record $1.3 billion in prizes. A total of 48 tickets won prizes of at least $1 million in Virginia. 
 
The Lottery partners with about 5,200 retailers across Virginia to sell tickets. Those lottery retailers, many of them small, locally-owned businesses, earned more than $120 million in commissions and incentives in Fiscal Year 2018.
 
“Players continue to support our broad, creative portfolio of fun games while also enthusiastically supporting a great cause—Virginia’s public schools. At the Lottery, we celebrate good fun with a great social purpose,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “The record $600 million we contributed to public schools this year will help local schools fund child nutrition programs, early reading intervention, career education and other important classroom programs. An additional $14 million in unclaimed prizes this year has been deposited in the Literary Fund, which provides low-interest loans to help localities upgrade their school facilities and technology. In the coming months, look for us to deliver new games in new ways and in new places.”
 
The Lottery celebrates its 30th birthday in 2018. The first ticket was sold on September 20, 1988, nearly a year after Virginia voters approved creation of a state lottery.
 
“The Lottery is proud to deliver record sales while adhering to sound business principles and presenting our products in the most responsible manner possible,” said Virginia Lottery Board Chairman Ferhan Hamid. “The Lottery is all about fun and games, but we’re very serious about fulfilling our mission of benefitting K-12 education in the Commonwealth.”
 
For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, visit www.valottery.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on LinkedIn and YouTube. And remember: please play responsibly.
 
For media: graphic images available at www.valottery.com/turnover2018.

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Jul 10, 2018
Herndon man wins a new Ford Expedition® and $100,000 cash

Santos Munguia MatuteSantos Munguia Matute will be driving in style soon. The Herndon man scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition® Plus $100k game. His prize, as the name suggests, is $100,000 cash and a new Ford Expedition® Platinum Edition.

He bought his winning ticket at Fresh World Herndon, 1070 Elden Street in Herndon. 

He received the $100,000 portion of the prize when he redeemed his winning ticket. He had several options available for the vehicle. He should receive the keys to his new set of wheels in a few weeks.

Ford Expedition® Plus $100k 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 first person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000, which means two more top prize-winning tickets are unclaimed.

And that’s not all. Non-winning Ford Expedition® plus $100k Scratchers can be entered in the Ford Expedition® 2nd Chance Lottery Promotion for a chance to win a top prize of – you guessed it – a Ford Expedition® and $100,000.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Ford Expedition® Plus $100k are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.16.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Munguia bought his winning ticket in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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
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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, llike us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube
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Jul 06, 2018
“I spaced out for a second, then I screamed!” -- Woodbridge man wins $225,000

Ladarren SmithLadarren Smith was on a winning streak. The Woodbridge man was playing the Virginia Lottery’s In the Money game. The next day he won $15 again. The following day he won $25. 

So he did the same thing he’d done three previous times: He bought another In the Money ticket. This time, he scratched it and discovered he’d won $225,000.

“I spaced out for a second, then I screamed!” he said. “It feels amazing. I’m ecstatic.”

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 13990 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge.

Mr. Smith, who is an I.T. contractor, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

He claimed the third and final top prize in this game, which means the game is now closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning that top prize were 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game were 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Smith lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 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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Jul 06, 2018
Hanover County woman wins $1 million prize in "100X the Money " game

Joan HennisJoan Hennis had a $50 winning ticket in her hand, and she was happy about it. She went to Fas Mart, 10030 Sliding Hill Road in Hanover to cash it in. That’s when she hesitated.

“Something just told me to buy another one,” she later said.

So the Mechanicsville woman bought a 100X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery and took it out to her car to scratch it. That’s when she discovered the ticket was a million-dollar winner.

“I said, ‘No, this can’t be true!’” she said. “I thought it was a joke.”

She called her son, Tommy, who also initially thought there had to be a mistake.

“When she started crying, I knew it must be true,” he said

The 100X the Money game features prizes ranging from $30 to a $10 million top prize. This is the third and final $1,000,000 prize claimed. One $10 million top prize is unclaimed in this game.

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.

Ms. Hennis had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $630,915 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Hennis lives in Hanover County, which received more than $2.8 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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Jul 06, 2018
Highland Springs man matches them all to win $100,000

Shadrack ChumbaShadrack Chumba was in a hurry. After working late, he was anxious to get home. The Highland Springs man stopped at Handi Stop, 17 Hanover Road in Sandston, and bought a Cash 5 ticket.

That turned out to be a $100,000 stop!  His ticket matched all five numbers in the June 19 night drawing to win the game’s top prize.

The winning numbers were 2-5-8-20-29. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

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.  Mr. Chumba lives in Henrico County, which received nearly $20.4 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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Jul 06, 2018
His girlfriend told him to get groceries; he ended up with a $100,000 lottery ticket

Kavin Lopez GonzalezIt was just a regular day at when Kavin Lopez Gonzalez got a call from his girlfriend, telling him to pick up groceries on his way home. So the Alexandria man stopped at Safeway, 7414 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.

After paying for the groceries, he bought a few Virginia Lottery tickets with the change. When he later scratched the tickets at home, he discovered he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 10X the Money game.

“I just stared at it,” he later said as he claimed his prize. “It took me a minute to process that I’d won.”

Mr. Gonzalez, who works in construction, said the winnings will help his girlfriend complete college, and he also plans to save for later in life.

The 10X the Money game (game #1790) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. He is the sixth top prize winner in game #1790, which means one $100,000 ticket is unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143, while the odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money are 1 in 4.28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Gonzalez lives in Alexandria City, which received more than $4.1 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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Jul 03, 2018
Henrico man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Herman RossHerman Ross has won lottery prizes in the past but nothing compared to the $100,000 he won by matching all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Henrico man won the top prize in the June 17 day drawing with a ticket he bought at Varina Market, 4110 Darbytown Road in Henrico.

The winning numbers were 1-3-5-9-25. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays.

The retiree said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

“It feels great!” he said.

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.  Mr. Ross lives in Henrico County, which received nearly $20.4 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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Jul 03, 2018
Father and son from Newport News split $400,000 from Virginia Lottery

Lamar Mouling Sr. & Jr.They have four winning tickets in the same drawing, each worth $100,000

Lamar Mouling, Sr. had a hunch. The Newport News man bought three Cash 5 tickets for himself and one for his son, Lamar Mouling, Jr.

Each ticket contained the same five numbers in the June 14 drawing:  3-10-13-14-15. When those turned out to be the winning numbers, each of those tickets won the game’s $100,000 top prize, for a total of $400,000.

As Lamar, Sr., cashed in his three winning tickets at the Virginia Lottery’s Hampton Roads Customer Service Center, he said, “This is a life changing moment!”

“It feels excellent!” said Lamar, Jr., who is also of Newport News.

All four tickets were bought at Stop & Go, 14609 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News.

The father said he plans to use his winnings to invest in retirement. Lamar, Jr., said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

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.  The Moulings both live 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, 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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Jul 03, 2018
He’s a high roller! -- Hayes man wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

John MayJohn May enjoys playing casino games, and he says that’s what attracted him to the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 High Rollers Club Scratcher game.

He bought a ticket at Rite Aid, 6908 Main Street in Gloucester, scratched it, and quickly discovered he’d won the game’s $1 million top prize.

The $1,000,000 High Rollers Club game is one of dozens of Scratchers offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. Mr. May is the second player to win the $1 million prize in this game, which means two more remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,101,600. The odds of winning any prize in $1,000,000 High Rollers Club are 1 in 3.35.

Mr. May had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $675,982 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

So what’s his advice? “Take a chance because you never know,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Gloucester 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 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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Jun 29, 2018
Leesburg man wins $1 million playing Mega Millions

Stephen KomloFor weeks, when Stephen and Theresa Komlo shopped at the Wegman’s at 101 Crosstrail Boulevard in Leesburg, they’d look at the big banner proclaiming that someone had won $1 million with a Mega Millions ticket bought at that store.

They’d just smile at each other. The Leesburg couple knew they had that million-dollar ticket in their possession.

They finally claimed the prize, more than a month after the May 8 drawing, in which the ticket Mr. Komlo bought matched the first five winning numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

Theresa said when her husband discovered he’d won, “He ran through the house with a look on his face like Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story’ when he received his BB gun.”

The winning numbers were 8-15-39-64-67, and the Mega Ball number was 13. He used Easy Pick when he bought the ticket, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.

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

Stephen, who is a proposal manager for a private contractor, said they’ve earmarked the winnings for retirement.

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 12,607,306.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The Komlos live in Loudoun County, which received more than $12.8 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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Jun 29, 2018
Henrico man does it again! -- He wins $100,000 in Cash 5 game for the second time

Jerr HaskellIt was December of 2008 when Jerry Haskell of Henrico won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery Cash 5 game. Now, nearly ten years later, he’s done it again!

Mr. Haskell matched all five numbers in the June 14 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. He bought his winning ticket at the same store at which he bought the first one: Quik Stop at 3200 Darbytown Road in Henrico.

The winning numbers were 4-6-30-31-32. He said he selected his numbers using family birthdays.

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.

He said he plans a trip to Disney World with his family very soon.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Haskell lives in Henrico County, which received more than $20.4 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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Jun 29, 2018
Springfield woman wins a super prize in “Super Cash” game

Ah E. GohIt was a long weekend for Ah E. Goh.

When the Springfield woman discovered the Super Cash ticket she’d just scratched was a $200,000 winner, she immediately drove to the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center in Woodbridge. However, since it was Saturday, it was closed. She said it was a long wait until she could redeem the ticket the following Monday morning.

She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2108 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

She said she plans to travel to Europe later this year.

Super Cash is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one $200,000 prize remains unclaimed.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.56.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Alexandria, which received more than $4.1 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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Jun 28, 2018
Harrisonburg man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Gedu AmedeWhen Gedu Amede checked his Cash 5 ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he could see that he’d matched all five winning numbers. However, it took a while to sink in.

“I didn’t believe it right away,” he said. “I had to check it several times.”

The Harrisonburg man won the top prize in the June 8 night drawing with a ticket he bought at Sheetz, 533 University Boulevard in Harrisonburg.

The winning numbers were 12-18-21-23-27. He selected the numbers on his ticket using important dates.

He said he shared the good news with his girlfriend, who didn’t believe him.

Mr. Amede, who works as a Lyft driver, said he bought a new car a few months ago, and he can now pay off the loan.

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.  Mr. Amede lives in Harrisonburg, which received more than $7.2 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, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jun 28, 2018
Madison Heights couple celebrating their 50th anniversary wins $200,000

Milton CarsonMilton and Wanda Carson were on their way out to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. But before the Madison Heights couple could go to the beach, they discovered they’d won $200,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Big Money Maker Scratcher game.

It happened with a ticket Milton bought at Circle K, 4243 South Amherst Highway in Madison Heights.

Big Money Maker is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Big Money Maker are 1 in 4.00.

The couple said they were “a little overwhelmed” as they redeemed their ticket with the Virginia Lottery. They said they plan pay bills and take care of family with their winnings.

This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The Carsons live in Amherst County, which received more than $2.9 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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Jun 28, 2018
A cup of coffee and a lottery ticket result in $200,000 win

Stephen BaylissStephen Bayliss has a morning ritual. The retired mortgage banker likes to sit with a cup of coffee and scratch a few lottery tickets.

“I don’t expect to win big when I play,” he said. “I play games because they’re fun.”

That’s how the Midlothian man happened to be sitting with his morning cup of coffee when he discovered he’d won the $200,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Jewel 7s Scratcher game.
 
“It felt surreal!” he said.

Mr. Bayliss bought his winning ticket at Lucky’s Woodlake, 14746 Village Square Place in Midlothian.

Jewel 7s (game #1676) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Black Opal, White Pearl, Aqua Marine or Green Jade. Prizes range from $5 to $200,000. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27.

He’s the sixth person to claim the top prize in game #1676, which means four $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Bayliss lives in Chesterfield County, which received more than $17.8 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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Jun 21, 2018
Check your tickets! Three Virginia Lottery tickets may soon expire: two worth $100,000 and one worth $50,000
Virginia Lottery logoWould you throw away a $100,000 prize? How about a $50,000 prize? 

Three Virginia Lottery tickets that won large prizes will become worthless if they are not redeemed soon. By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing.

Here are the details on the three unclaimed prizes:

$100,000 winning ticket:
• Purchased for: January 1 Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle drawing
• Ticket bought at:  Kroger, 1980 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville 
• Ticket number: 090869
• Expires: 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 2 – the winner in this case actually gets 182 days to claim because the 180th day is a Saturday, so he or she gets until close of business on the next business day.
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$100,000 winning ticket:
• Purchased for: January 1 Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle drawing
• Ticket bought at:  7-Eleven, 3908 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach 
• Ticket number: 028288
• Expires: 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 2 – the winner in this case actually gets 182 days to claim because the 180th day is a Saturday, so he or she gets until close of business on the next business day.
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$50,000 winning ticket:
• Purchased for: January 3 Powerball drawing
• Ticket bought at:  Royal Farms, 25220 Lankford Highway, Onley (Eastern Shore)
• Expires: 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 2
• Winning numbers: 2-18-37-39-42, Powerball number 12 – this ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number

By law, 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.

Whoever has any of these winning tickets should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  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 and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, 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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Jun 08, 2018
Numbers in a fortune cookie win $100,000 for Fredericksburg woman

Loraine Simon HenryLoraine Simon Henry was dusting when she found a fortune cookie. She showed it to her husband and then decided to start playing the numbers from the cookie in the lottery.

On May 26, those five numbers were drawn in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win Ms. Simon Henry $100,000.

“This is unbelievable!” she said as she and her husband claimed the game’s top prize.

Those winning numbers in the night drawing were 3-4-16-24-26. The winning ticket was bought at City Mart, 1001 Forbes Street in Stafford.

Ms. Simon Henry said she plans to use her winnings to pay bills and possibly go on a cruise.

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. Simon Henry lives in Stafford County, which received more than $7.3 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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Jun 08, 2018
Smyth County man wins big in “Big Money Maker” game

Edward BullinsWhen Edward Bullins played the Virginia Lottery’s Big Money Maker game, that’s exactly what happened: He won big! The Sugar Grove man won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Shirley’s Market, 4956 Sugar Grove Highway in Sugar Grove.

Big Money Maker is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Big Money Maker are 1 in 4.00.

Mr. Bullins is the first player to claim the top prize in this game, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Bullins lives in Smyth County, which received nearly $3.4 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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Jun 08, 2018
Southwest Virginia man wins $150,000 in “Extreme Cash” Scratcher game

Clyde JesseeClyde Jessee is a lucky person. The Castlewood man scratched an Extreme Cash ticket from the Virginia Lottery and ended up winning the $150,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 16402 Wise Street in St. Paul.

Extreme Cash is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. Since he’s the second person to claim the top prize, there are two $150,000 tickets still unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.37.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Jessee lives in Russell County, which received nearly $3.6 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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Jun 08, 2018
Alexandria man wins $150,000 playing Cash 5 -- He wins big for the second time

Keneth VaughanIt was eight and a half years ago that Kenneth Vaughan won $100,000 in a Virginia Lottery Cash 5 drawing. Now the Alexandria man has done it again – except this time, he’s won $150,000.

Mr. Vaughan matched all five numbers in the May 25 night drawing, not once, but twice. He had two tickets in the drawing, each with the same numbers, and they both won. He wagered $1 on one of the tickets to win the full $100,000 top prize. With the other ticket, he wagered $.50 to win $50,000.

He bought the $100,000 winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 800 Franklin Street in Alexandria. He bought the $50,000 winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 7924 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria. The winning numbers were 3-6-11-27-28. He selected the numbers using important family dates.

He said he doesn’t normally buy two tickets with identical numbers for the same drawing, but as he told his wife, “I feel kind of lucky tonight.”

Mr. Vaughan won $100,000 in the November 23, 2009, Cash 5 night drawing. He’s been retired since 2012. He said his latest winnings will help with retirement.

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.  Mr. Vaughan lives in Alexandria, which received more than $4.1 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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Jun 06, 2018
Gloucester and Smyth County teachers receive free “Thank-You” vacations

Thank a Teacher trip winnersThousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. Two Virginia teachers received that and a lot more! Each won a four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The two were drawn from nearly 6,500 entries submitted by teachers who entered a special code from their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On June 6, Virginia Lottery officials surprised both at their schools with the good news. Both now have a choice of taking a Virginia-themed beach-lovers, mountain-lovers or wine-lovers vacation.

The two teachers are:

  • Beth Pratt, second grade teacher at Atkins Elementary School in Smyth County
  • Kristin Steele, third grade teacher at Botetourt Elementary School in Gloucester

The award-winning Thank a Teacher campaign was held in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11). During that week, more than 35,000 thank-you notes were sent to Virginia K-12 public school teachers by their students, parents or other Virginians. The cards, which could be hard-copy or electronic, each had one of three art designs designed by Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in the Thank a Teacher Art Contest..

When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for the grand prize. The winners were drawn on May 18.

In addition to the two Virginia-themed trip prizes, Natalie Newman, first grade teacher at Cave Spring Elementary School in Roanoke County received four round-trip Amtrak tickets to anywhere in the northeast corridor from Virginia to Boston, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

The third prize of a $500 VISA gift card was won by Malia Huffman, school counselor at Cloverdale Elementary School in Botetourt County.

The Thank a Teacher campaign is a unique partnership between the Virginia Lottery, two other Virginia agencies (Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation) and the Virginia PTA. It’s a forum to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Smyth County received more than $3.4 million and Gloucester County 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 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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Jun 01, 2018
Warsaw woman spends “really, really long weekend” waiting to redeem $100,000 ticket
Jane PedrazaMost people would prefer that a long holiday weekend not end. That wasn’t the case for Jane Pedraza. The Warsaw woman couldn’t wait for the Memorial Day weekend to end so that she could go to the Virginia Lottery’s Prize Zone to claim her $100,000 prize.

“It was a really, really long weekend,” she said.

Ms. Pedraza matched all five numbers in the Friday, May 25, Cash 5 day drawing with a ticket she bought at Little Sue, 5088 Richmond Highway in Warsaw. She selected the numbers on her ticket, 4-6-11-22-27, using important family dates.

The next morning, she checked the numbers on the Virginia Lottery’s website and discovered she’d won.

“I said, ‘I got it!’” she recalled. “I could not believe it.”

Ms. Pedraza, who works in the healthcare industry, said she intends to take care of her family with her winnings.

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. Pedraza lives in Richmond County, which received nearly $850,000 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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May 31, 2018
Dale City woman wins $100,000 with ticket she received as a birthday present

Kimberly WrightWhen Kimberly Wright received a Super Crossword ticket from a friend for her birthday, she didn’t realize she’d just received a $100,000 present.

Instead of scratching the ticket, she tucked it away and didn’t think about it. It wasn’t until later that the Dale City woman found the ticket, scratched it, and discovered it was a top prize winner.

The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 14410 Minniville Road in Dale City.

Super Crossword features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one more remains unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in Super Crossword are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.15.

Ms. Wright said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Wright lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 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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May 31, 2018
Optician can’t believe his eyes when he wins $100,000

Anthony PhillipsAs the store clerk scanned a bunch of Anthony Phillips’ Virginia Lottery tickets, a few winners started appearing: a $5 win here, a $10 win there. Then suddenly, the clerk held up one of his tickets and told him it was a big winner, although neither yet knew just how much.

It turns out that ticket was worth $100,000.

The Chesterfield man matched all five winning numbers in the February 5 Cash 5 night drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Wegman’s, 12200 Wegman’s Boulevard in Henrico. The winning numbers were 5-10-18-30-32.

When asked how it felt, Mr. Phillips replied, “I can’t even talk.”

The optician said he intends to use the winnings to pay bills, take a small vacation and have a nice steak dinner!

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.  Mr. Phillips lives in Chesterfield County, which received more than $17.8 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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May 29, 2018
Chesapeake man collects $1,000,000 after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Andy PhanIt was a Sunday morning, and Andy Phan was online checking the winning numbers from the previous night’s Bank a Million drawing. Suddenly, the Chesapeake man said, “Wait a second!” He’d just discovered he’d matched all six numbers to win a million dollars after taxes.

“I wasn’t sure if it was for real,” he later said.

He bought the winning ticket at Kroger, 1653 Sentinel Drive in Chesapeake. On May 25, he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar check from the Virginia Lottery. The store also received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

His ticket matched all six numbers in the May 19 drawing. Those winning numbers were 2-12-14-26-29-30. The Bonus Ball number was 13, which he didn’t need to win the top prize. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.

Mr. Phan said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills and take care of his family.

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

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the million-dollar 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.  Mr. Phan lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 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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May 23, 2018
Fairfax Station woman wins $150,000 in Powerball without leaving her home

Susan BerkheimerWhen Susan Berkheimer won $150,000 playing Powerball, she did it without ever having to go to the store to buy a ticket. She played using the Virginia Lottery’s Online Play function to play from her home. 

Her numbers matched four of the first five winning numbers plus the Powerball number in the May 19 Powerball drawing. Normally, that wins $50,000. However, she spent an extra buck for Power Play, which tripled her prize to $150,000.

Ms. Berkheimer discovered she’d won when she received a notification from the Virginia Lottery the next morning.

“I’m just so over the top with this!” she said.

The winning numbers in the May 19 drawing were 3-6-9-17-56, and the Powerball number was 25. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select her numbers.

Online Play offered by the Virginia Lottery gives players the opportunity to purchase Mega Millions and Powerball subscriptions online. Subscriptions are available to any Virginia resident, 18 or older, who is located within Virginia at the time of purchase. Ms. Berkheimer said she likes the convenience of a Virginia Lottery subscription.

“I just don’t have to think about it,” she said.

Powerball drawings are held at 11:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Berkheimer lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 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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May 18, 2018
“I didn’t think it was real at first.” -- Petersburg woman wins $777,777 in “Blazing Hot 7s”

Joan HillThe moment Joan Hill scratched her Blazing Hot 7s ticket from the Virginia Lottery to reveal she’d won $777,777, she couldn’t believe her luck.

“I didn’t think it was real at first,” she later said.

The Petersburg woman bought the winning ticket when she stopped at Raceway at 2058 County Drive in Petersburg.

Blazing Hot 7s is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $777,777. She’s the second person to claim the top prize, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Hill bought the winning ticket in Petersburg, which received more than $5.4 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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May 18, 2018
Norfolk man wins $150,000 playing Powerball

Eduardo LigonEduardo Ligon is a lucky person. He won $150,000 in the May 12 Powerball drawing.

The Norfolk man matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, he spent an extra buck for Power Play when he bought the ticket, which tripled his prize to $150,000.

The winning numbers were 22-42-45-55-56, and the Powerball number was 14. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1301 North Military Highway in Norfolk.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Ligon lives in Norfolk, which received more than $29.7 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, 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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May 18, 2018
Northumberland County man wins 40 times in the same Pick 4 drawing, for a total of $200,000

Warren BlackwellWarren Blackwell just had a feeling.

Both he and his wife like to play the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game. She had been using the number combination 1-9-3-3 because that’s the year her mother was born. When she stopped playing that combination, he decided he’d give it a try.

“I had a feeling that those numbers would hit soon, so I decided to start playing them,” he said.

But instead of buying a single play for $1, the Burgess man bought 40 plays for the May 9 night drawing, each with that same number combination. When the winning numbers were drawn, all 40 of his plays became winners, worth $5,000 apiece. That means his total winnings came to $200,000.

He bought his tickets at The Country Store, 227 Sunnybank Road in Reedville.

The retiree said he hopes to use his winnings to take care of his family, give to his church and pay bills.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The top prize for a $1 play is $5,000. The chances of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning tickets were bought in Northumberland County, which received more than $300,000 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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May 11, 2018
No joke! Fauquier County woman wins $1m prize from Virginia Lottery

Tyshae YoungerTyshae Younger thought it was a joke.

When the Sumerduck woman scratched her $30 Million Cash Out ticket and saw that it was a top prize winner, she immediately told her mother and sister, “No, you guys, you can’t trick me!”

But it wasn’t a joke. The ticket really did win the $1 million prize. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

The winning ticket was bought at Sumerduck Trading Company, 5344 Sumerduck Road in Sumerduck.

The $30 Million Cash Out game is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000,000. She’s the first person to claim the top prize, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed in this game.

“It feels unbelievable,” Ms. Younger said as she claimed her prize. “I was in shock.”

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,162,800. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.48.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Younger lives in Fauquier County, which received more than $2 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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May 10, 2018
Who says lightning never strikes twice? Not Chesapeake man who wins big – again!

Wailon JordanWailon Jordan knows what it’s like to win big in the Virginia Lottery. In October of 2016, he won the $1 million prize with a $1,000,000 Bankroll ticket.

Now the Chesapeake man has another one of those big lottery checks. He played the Virginia Lottery’s Sizzling Hot 7s game and won the $177,777 top prize.

He bought both winning tickets at the same store: Mini Mart on Portsmouth Boulevard in Chesapeake. In fact, he said he even bought both winning tickets from the same cashier!

The retiree said he may buy a motorcycle with his winnings.

Sizzling Hot 7s is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $177,777. Mr. Jordan is the second player to claim the top prize in this game, which means two $177,777 winning tickets are unclaimed.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.21.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Jordan lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 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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May 10, 2018
Richmond woman “rolls the dice” and wins $1 million playing Powerball

Monica PowersMonica Powers had a strange feeling before the May 2 Powerball drawing. She had won $16 in a recent drawing and decided to use it to play Powerball.

“I just thought, ‘Roll the dice,’” the Richmond woman said.

So she bought a ticket at 3 Chopt Market, 7000 Three Chopt Road in Richmond. She used Easy pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

The next morning, she checked the winning numbers and couldn’t believe what she saw.

“I looked at the winning numbers again and thought, ‘Wait a minute! I think I have these numbers!’” she said.

She matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number, to win $1 million. The winning numbers in that drawing were 5-14-31-40-50, and the Powerball number was 6.

When she showed up at the Virginia Lottery’s Richmond headquarters to claim her prize, she brought a home-made sign reading, “I love VA. Thank you for a million reasons to love it even more!!!!”

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

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.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Powers bought her winning ticket in Richmond City, which received nearly $19.2 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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May 10, 2018
She went in the store for a Big Gulp and came out with a big winner!

Kathryn MinkoffAll Kathryn Minkoff wanted to do was refill her Big Gulp. That’s what took her to the 7-Eleven at 12330 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News.

While she was in the store, she bought a Power 5s ticket from the Virginia Lottery and took it out to her car to scratch it. 

At first, the Newport News woman thought she’d won $5.

“Then I saw another 5, and another 5, and more 5s,” she said.

Before long, she realized she’d won the game’s top prize of $555,555.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.  “I was overwhelmed.”

Power 5s is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $555,555. Since she’s the second person to claim the top prize, there are three more still unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,468,500. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.36.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Minkoff lives in Newport News, which received more than $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, 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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May 10, 2018
Prince William County man wins $125,000 using numbers he saw in a dream

Carlos RamosCarlos Ramos said he saw the numbers in a dream. So he decided to play them in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

On April 27, his dream came true. The Gainesville man matched all five numbers with two tickets for total winnings of $125,000.

With one ticket, he wagered 25 cents. So, when that ticket matched all five numbers, it won $25,000. With his other ticket, he wagered a full dollar to win the $100,000 top prize.

He bought the tickets at Golden Group, 8536 Sudley Road in Manassas, and Food Lion, 15201 Washington Street in Haymarket.

Those winning numbers were 5-8-11-28-34.

Mr. Ramos, who works in sales, said he bought the tickets on his way to work. He intends to use his winnings to pay bills and possibly take a nice vacation.

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.  Mr. Ramos lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 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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May 09, 2018
Mega Millions ticket bought in Leesburg wins $1 million

Mega Millions logoSomewhere there is a ticket from Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. It may be in a glove compartment somewhere or it could be in someone’s wallet. Wherever it is, that ticket is now worth $1 million.

It was bought at Wegman’s, 101 Crosstrail Boulevard, SE in Leesburg.

The winning numbers for the May 8 drawing were 8-15-39-64-67 and the Mega Ball number was 13. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in the May 8 drawing, and one of just five nationwide. No ticket in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the $40 million jackpot, so the jackpot grows to an estimated $45 million for Friday night’s drawing.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Loudoun County, which received nearly $12.8 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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May 03, 2018
Powerball ticket bought in Richmond wins $1 million

PowerballCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing that is now worth $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at 3 Chopt Mart, 7000 Three Chopt Road in Richmond.

So the question now is: Who has that million-dollar ticket?

The winning numbers for the May 2 Powerball drawing were 5-14-31-40-50, and the Powerball number was 6. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in last night’s drawing and one of just three nationwide. No ticket in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the $195 million jackpot, so the Powerball jackpot grows to an estimated $215 million for Saturday night’s drawing.

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. The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Richmond, which received nearly $19.2 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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May 02, 2018
A stop for gas, coffee, and a $100,000 lottery win for Waynesboro woman

Tawana McCarthyIt was a routine day when Tawana McCarthy stopped at the Sheetz at 2156 West Main Street in Waynesboro for gas. When she went inside for a cup of coffee, she also bought a 10X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

That’s when the day became anything but routine.

The Waynesboro woman said she took the ticket home and scratched it. As she scratched, she realized it was no ordinary ticket.

“I said, ‘This is a lot,’” she recalled. “My heart was pounding.”

She’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

The 10X the Money game (game #1790) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Ms. McCarthy is the fifth top prize winner in game #1790, which means two $100,000 tickets are unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143, while the odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money are 1 in 4.28.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. McCarthy lives in Waynesboro, which received more than $2.4 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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May 02, 2018
“I kept looking at it to make sure it was real.” -- Maryland man wins $250,000 with ticket bought in Alexandria

Francisco ChavezWhen Francisco Chavez scratched his Cash Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he couldn’t believe his luck. The ticket was a $250,000 winner.

“I kept looking at it to make sure it was real,” he said.

The Brandywine, Maryland, man bought his winning ticket at Tiger Market and Bakery, 39003 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

Cash Multiplier is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $250,000. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Chavez bought the winning ticket in Alexandria, which received more than $4.1 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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May 02, 2018
Dickenson County woman wins $250,000 in “Cash Multiplier” game

Eulala VanoverEulala Vanover was sitting in her vehicle with a friend when she scratched a Virginia Lottery ticket and discovered she’d won $250,000.

“I couldn’t believe it!” the Clintwood woman said. “I’d never won anything like it!”

She won the top prize in the Cash Multiplier game. Her winning ticket was bought at Roadrunner Market, 15785 Porterfield Highway in Abingdon.

Cash Multiplier is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $250,000. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

She is the second person to claim the top prize in this game, which means two $250,000 tickets are unclaimed.

Ms. Vanover said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Vanover lives in Dickenson County, which received more than $1.4 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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May 02, 2018
Portsmouth man wins a hot $177,777 in “Sizzling Hot 7s” game

Greg TaylorIf seven wasn’t Greg Taylor’s lucky number before, it very well might be now. The Portsmouth man won $177,777 in the Virginia Lottery’s Sizzling Hot 7s game.

It happened when he stopped by the Food Lion at 6550 Hampton Roads Parkway in Suffolk. As he scratched the ticket, Mr. Taylor said he thought it was just another losing ticket.

“Then I saw that last big ‘7,’ and I knew,” he said. “I was shocked.”

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Sizzling Hot 7s is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $177,777. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.21.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Taylor lives in Portsmouth, which received more than $14.2 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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Apr 23, 2018
Just weeks after winning $150,000, Washington County man wins $1 million prize

Charles Neal“You can’t win if you don’t play.”

That’s how Charles Neal explains his extraordinary luck. The Meadowview man has won three major Virginia Lottery prizes over the years, including two within a seven-week span.

His latest win is the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Extreme Millions game. He bought the winning ticket at Spirit Food Mart, 501 South Monte Vista Drive in Glade Spring. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Just the previous month, Mr. Neal won $150,000 in the Big Bills Scratcher game with a ticket he bought at Bully’s, 939 East Main Street in Abingdon.

His winning streak began in 2011 when he won the $1 million prize in a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game.

“I play big tickets,” he said as he claimed his latest prize.

Extreme Millions features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million. The $1 million prize he won is actually the game’s second prize. This is the third $1,000,000 prize claimed in this game, which means nine more remain unclaimed.

One $10 million top prize has been claimed in this game, which means three remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,937,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.97.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Neal lives in Washington County, which received nearly $3.9 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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Apr 23, 2018
Alexandria woman collects $150,000 Powerball prize

Barbara ColemanBarbara Coleman likes to buy a Powerball ticket when she fuels up her car. She got a tank of gas and a lot more when her ticket won $150,000 in the March 31 Powerball drawing.

The Alexandria woman matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, she spent an extra buck for Power Play when she bought the ticket, which tripled her prize to $150,000.

She said she was “shocked” and “happy” when she discovered she’d won.

The winning numbers were 8-24-52-55-61, and the Powerball number was 21. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

The winning ticket was bought at Franconia Gulf, 5514 Franconia Road in Alexandria. Ms. Coleman said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Coleman lives in Alexandria, which received more than $4.1 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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Apr 20, 2018
Chesterfield man discovers he has a $4 million ticket tucked away in a drawer

Jeff KretzerIt was December when Jeff Kretzer bought a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza ticket, tucked it away in a drawer and promptly forgot about it. A month later, the Chesterfield man happened to see the ticket and decided to scratch it.

He saw a four and some zeros, and he said his first thought was, “Oh, $4,000, this is going to be nice.”

He was wrong. The ticket was not worth $4,000. It was worth a cool $4 million.

“I was stunned,” he said. “I really can’t describe the moment.”

He’d won the game’s top prize with a ticket he bought at MACS Retail, LLC, 7041 Commons Plaza in Chesterfield.

The $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game features prize ranging from $20 to $4 million, including a $1 million second prize and $100,000 third prize. Mr. Kretzer is the third player to claim the top prize, which means one $4 million ticket is unclaimed.

He had the choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,724,000. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,836,000. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.71.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Kretzer bought the winning ticket in Chesterfield County, which received more than $17.8 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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Apr 20, 2018
Seven is lucky number for Newport News woman who wins $777,777

Violet HerveyMaybe its just as well that Violet Hervey didn’t have her glasses with her when she scratched a Blazing Hot 7s ticket from the Virginia Lottery. The Newport News woman went out to her car so she could examine the ticket with her glasses on, and that’s when she discovered she’d won $777,777.

“I was surprised,” she recalled. “I couldn’t believe it!”

She bought the winning ticket at Love Food Mart, 15215 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News.  After discovering she’d won the game’s top prize, she did not return to the store.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Blazing Hot 7s is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $777,777. She’s the first person to claim the top prize, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Hervey bought the winning ticket in Newport News, which received more than $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, 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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Apr 20, 2018
A $1 million prize for dessert

Gwendolyn FloodWhen Gwendolyn Flood plays the lottery, she considers it a treat to herself.

“I call it my dessert, after my meal in the evening,” she said.

That treat was particularly tasty when the Portsmouth woman scratched a