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Jan 18, 2018
Mail carrier in Loudoun County wins $4 million prize in Virginia Lottery game

William Malsch“Hmm… this might be good.”

That was Bill Malsch’s reaction as he examined the Hot Millions Multiplier ticket he had just scratched. The Purcellville man was about to discover he’d won the game’s $4 million top prize.

But even then, he said his first thought was, “It’s not real!”

He bought the winning ticket at Shop N Save, 609 East Main Street in Purcellville. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

His prize was a choice between $4 million over 30 years or a cash option of nearly $2.25 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.

Mr. Malsch, who is a mail carrier, said the winnings will go towards retirement and his children’s education.

Hot Millions Multiplier is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. He’s the second player to claim the top prize in this game, which means one $4 million ticket remains unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Malsh 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 $1.5 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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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.

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 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.
 
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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 $1,000,000 SERIES ticket from the Virginia Lottery and discovered she’d won the million-dollar top prize.

Her reaction was what she calls her “silent scream.”

“My mouth was open, but nothing came out,” she said.

She bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 1200 Frederick Boulevard in Portsmouth.

She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option. Wawa receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

This is the third top prize claimed in the $1,000,000 SERIES game, which means one top prize remains. Prizes range from $10 to $1 million. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800 and the odds of winning any prize 1 in 3.11.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Flood bought her 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 $1.5 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 05, 2018
Pittsylvania County man wins $150,000 in Powerball

Danny Gibson“It was nice. It felt good. It was exciting.”

That was Danny Gibson’s reaction to winning $150,000 playing Powerball.  The Chatham man matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the March 24 drawing. Normally that would win $50,000. However, he spent an extra dollar for the Power Play when he bought the ticket. That tripled his prize to $150,000.

“Even if it was just a small prize, it would have been extra,” he said.

The retired farmer bought his winning ticket at Apple Market, 6020 U. S. Highway 29 in Blairs. The winning numbers in that drawing were 10-33-45-53-56, and the Powerball number was 24.

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. Gibson lives in Pittsylvania County, which received more than $5.8 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 05, 2018
Man splits $200,000 prize with his family, after doing the same thing 13 years ago

Charise Owens-Rogers & Family“My dad is getting pretty good at this!”

That’s how Charise Owens-Rogers described her father’s latest $200,000 win playing the Virginia Lottery.

In March of 2004, Benjamin T. Owens scratched to win the $200,000 top prize in a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Now it’s happened again. He bought a Super Cash ticket at Spencer’s Express, 5144 Centralia Road in Chesterfield. A short time later, Ms. Owens-Rogers received a call while she was at work.

“He said, ‘I did it again!’” she recalled.

Mr. Owens, who lives in Mineral, split the prize with his wife Linda Owens, also of Mineral; Ms. Owens-Rogers of Richmond and Benjamin L. Owens of North Chesterfield.

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 second top prize claimed in this game, which means two $200,000 prizes remain 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 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 05, 2018
On his bi-weekly trip to Danville, North Carolina man wins $250,000 after taxes

Hulie SmithHulie Smith drives to Virginia every two weeks to play the Lottery. The Thomasville, North Carolina, retiree always stops at Junior's Convenience Store, 2980 West Main Street in Danville. That’s where he bought a Bank a Million ticket from the Virginia Lottery that ended up winning $250,000 – after taxes.

Mr. Smith matched all six numbers in the March 14 drawing. Since he split his $2 wager four ways when he bought the ticket, he had four sets of numbers. Using that “Play Your Way” feature, he won $250,000 on one of his sets of numbers.

The winning numbers were 8-12-16-20-27-28. The Bonus Ball number was 11, although he didn’t need it to win the top prize. He said his wife selected the numbers on his ticket using important family dates.

“I didn’t get too excited,” he said. “But my wife? It’s thrown her for a loop!”

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. Smith bought his winning ticket in Danville, which received nearly $6.3 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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Apr 05, 2018
Verona man collects top prize in Virginia Lottery’s “7” game

Matthew CuppThere’s a good chance that seven is now Matthew Cupp’s favorite number. It was certainly his lucky number when the Verona man won $177,777 in the Virginia Lottery game called “7.

The winning ticket was one of four he bought at the Rite Aid at 465 Lee Highway in Verona. He went out to his vehicle to scratch the tickets, and that’s when he discovered he was holding a top prize winner.

The “7” Scratcher is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $177,777. He’s the third person to claim the top prize, which means one top prize remains 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 4.19.

Mr. Cupp said his winnings will go to savings, investing and to pay bills.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Cupp bought the winning ticket in Augusta County, which received more than $4.9 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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Mar 30, 2018
Two Bedford friends split $1 million prize in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Rick Manley and Mike Heflin, Jr.It was a few days after the winning numbers were announced in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and Rick Manley was at the Speedy Mart at 514-B Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford. He spotted a sign in the store proclaiming that one of the $1 million top prize tickets had been bought there. So he offered his congratulations to the store owner.

“He said, ‘Was it you?’” Mr. Manley recalled. “I said, ‘I doubt it.’”

However, he was wrong. When Mr. Manley went and checked the winning numbers, he discovered he did indeed have that winning ticket.

He bought the ticket with his friend Mike Heflin, Jr. The two split the million-dollar prize equally. In addition, the store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

That winning ticket was #078410. It was one of three top prize winners in the January 1 drawing. The other two top prize winning tickets were bought in Stafford and Virginia Beach. 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.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Bedford 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.

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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Mar 30, 2018
Chesterfield woman scratches to win $250,000

Shanney JohnsonWhen Shanney Johnson scratched her $250,000 CASH ticket from the Virginia Lottery and realized she’d won the $250,000 top prize, she had one immediate reaction.

“Is this for real?” she screamed.

Ms. Johnson bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2708 Buford Road in Chesterfield. She was with her mother, who had just played the same game.

She is the second player to win the top prize in $250,000 CASH (game #1829), which means two top prizes remain 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.

She said she plans to invest her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Johnson 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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Mar 30, 2018
“I almost flipped my lid!” -- Woodbridge man wins $100,000 on his way home from work

Horatio JohnsonHoratio Johnson was on his way home from his shift as an Uber driver when he said he got caught at a red light. Rather than wait, the Woodbridge man pulled in to the adjacent Exxon station and bought a Virginia Lottery ticket.

When he scratched the $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches ticket, he discovered he’d won $100,000.

“I almost flipped my lid!” he said.

The ticket was bought at Old Bridge Road Exxon, 3514 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge.

The $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches Scratcher (Game #1738) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million.  The $100,000 prize won by Mr. Johnson is actually the game’s third prize. Along with a $4 million top prize, the game features a $1 million second prize.

The chances of winning the $4 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.81.

He said his winnings will go into savings and towards paying off debt.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Johnson 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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Mar 29, 2018
Chesterfield man wins $1 million top prize in “Jewel 7s Playbook”

Mark LaneMark Lane was sitting with his wife at the kitchen table, practicing one of their favorite pastimes: scratching Virginia Lottery tickets.  When she began scratching a Jewel 7s Playbook ticket, she said, “Maybe this is the one.”

It was!

That ticket turned out to be a top prize winner, worth $1 million.

“I got my reading glasses,” the Chesterfield man recalled. “I said, ‘What did we win? $100,000?’”

“He was in disbelief,” his wife added.

Mr. Lane bought the ticket at Orange Market, 9500 Newby’s Bridge Road in Chesterfield. He had a choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $657,030. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Jewel 7s Playbook features prizes ranging from $20 to $1,000,000. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means two more remain unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in Jewel 7s Playbook are 1 in 979,200. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.64.

Mr. Lane said they have no immediate plans for their winnings.

“It feels wonderful right now!” he said as he and his wife received the big check.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Lane 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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Mar 29, 2018
A stop for gas results in $100,000 win for Stanley man

Woodrow AtkinsWoodrow Atkins only wanted to gas up his truck. The Stanley man stopped at Valley Exxon on U.S. Highway 340 in Stanley, and while he was there he bought a Super Crossword ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

He took the ticket back to his truck to scratch, and that’s when he discovered he had a winning ticket.

“I really didn’t know what I’d won,” he said.

So he handed the ticket to his son, and together they realized he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

Super Crossword features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means two more remain 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.

Mr. Atkins, who is a small business owner, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Atkins lives in Page County, which received more than $2.38 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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Mar 28, 2018
Newport News Student Named Winner of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Thank a Teacher Art ContestA local Newport News student was honored today as one of three winners of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest, in partnership with the Virginia PTA. Sahasra Vishwanathan, a second-grade student at Kiln Creek Elementary School, won in the contest’s elementary school category.

After receiving nearly 1,000 entries, winners from the elementary, middle and high school levels were selected to have their artwork featured on thank-you notes that will be distributed to thousands of teachers across the Commonwealth during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2018. Thank a Teacher is a statewide campaign organized by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with the Virginia PTA and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In its first two years, Virginians distributed more than 70,000 thank-you notes as part of the Thank a Teacher campaign.

“All of us at the Lottery are proud of our key role in supporting Virginia’s K-12 public schools, so it’s really meaningful when we have the chance to celebrate our great teachers and their most creative students,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We’ve added a really interesting new component to the Thank a Teacher campaign, and it’s great to be able to incorporate the artistic talents of this remarkable group of students.”

In a surprise presentation today, Sahasra was awarded a $150 gift card and $1,000 for her school’s art department, and has been invited to attend the Thank a Teacher campaign kickoff event in the spring.

“Kiln Creek Elementary is very fortunate to have Sahasra as a member of our community,” said Kiln Creek Elementary Principal Ann P. Shoemaker. “She is an extremely talented artist.  She also submitted entries in the PTA Reflections contest and placed in visual arts, photography, literature and dance.”

The Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of representatives of Virginia’s arts community, including:
• Laura Armentrout, Arts in Education Committee Chair, Virginia PTA
• Stephanie Fedor, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• Amber Kuper, 2013 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher (Chesterfield County art teacher)

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Lottery dollars are funding programs statewide based on priorities set by the Governor and General Assembly each year, such as the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education and Career and Technical Education.

Sahasra attends public school 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.

To learn more about the complete list of Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners, visit the Virginia Lottery Media Center to stay updated as elementary, middle and high school winners are announced.

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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 information, visit valottery.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 28, 2018
Mega Millions jackpot grows to estimated $502 million -- Three tickets in Virginia each win $10,000 in Tuesday’s drawing

Mega Millions logoThe Tuesday, March 27, Mega Millions drawing brought out the winners in Virginia. More than 35,000 tickets sold in Virginia won prizes, including three tickets that each won $10,000. But since no one in Virginia or any state matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing grows to $502 million.

Those three tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball number to win the $10,000 prize. The tickets were bought at:
• Love Food Mart, 4240 Holland Road, Virginia Beach
• Vienna Shell, 252 Maple Avenue West, Vienna
• 7-Eleven, 405 South Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach

Mega Millions excitement is growing in Virginia. At peak times on Friday, the day of the drawing, the Virginia Lottery expects Mega Millions tickets to be selling at a rate of more than 1,470 tickets per minute statewide.

If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $502 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $301.5 million before taxes.

The profit from every Mega Millions ticket bought in Virginia, like tickets from all other Virginia Lottery games, goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

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 all six numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 302,575,350. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.
 
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 information 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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Mar 28, 2018
Falls Church woman wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

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

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

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

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

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

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Simkhada lives in Falls Church, which received nearly $170,000 in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 26, 2018
Richmond Student Named Winner of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Thank a TeacherA local Richmond student was honored today as one of three winners of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest, in partnership with the Virginia PTA. Cleo Scott, a seventh-grade student at Albert Hill Middle School, won in the contest’s middle school category.

After receiving nearly 1,000 entries, winners from the elementary, middle and high school levels were selected to have their artwork featured on thank-you notes that will be distributed to thousands of teachers across the Commonwealth during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2018. Thank a Teacher is a statewide campaign organized by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with the Virginia PTA and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In its first two years, Virginians distributed more than 70,000 thank-you notes as part of the Thank a Teacher campaign.

“All of us at the Lottery are proud of our key role in supporting Virginia’s K-12 public schools, so it’s really meaningful when we have the chance to celebrate our great teachers and their most creative students,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We’ve added a really interesting new component to the Thank a Teacher campaign, and it’s great to be able to incorporate the artistic talents of this remarkable group of students.”

In a surprise presentation today, Cleo was awarded a $150 gift card and $1,000 for her school’s art department, and has been invited to attend the Thank a Teacher campaign kickoff event in the spring.

The Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of representatives of Virginia’s arts community, including:
• Laura Armentrout, Arts in Education Committee Chair, Virginia PTA
• Stephanie Fedor, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• Amber Kuper, 2013 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher (Chesterfield County art teacher)

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Lottery dollars are funding programs statewide based on priorities set by the Governor and General Assembly each year, such as the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education and Career and Technical Education.

Cleo attends public school in the City of Richmond, which received more than $19.1 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.

To learn more about the complete list of Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners, visit the Virginia Lottery Media Center to stay updated as elementary, middle and high school winners are announced.

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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 information, visit valottery.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 26, 2018
College student from Newport News wins $1,000 a week for ten years

Sukanya PattersonRadford University student Sukanya Patterson was about to head home for spring break when she stopped at the 7-Eleven next to campus. While she was there, she bought five Weekly Grand tickets from the Virginia Lottery.

Later, when she scratched her tickets, she discovered that one was a top prize winner, worth $1,000 per week for ten years.

“I didn’t scream. I just froze,” she said.

Ms. Patterson lives in Newport News. She’s a freshman at Radford studying interior design. She had the choice of taking the full prize over ten years or a one-time cash option of $469,820 She chose the cash option.

The odds of winning the top prize in Weekly Grand are 1 in 4,222,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.6. Those lesser prizes range from $2 to $10,000. She’s the first person to claim the top prize, which means three more remain unclaimed.

She said she intends to use her winnings to pay for her education.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Patterson’s hometown of Newport News received more than $26.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. She bought the winning ticket in Radford City, which received nearly $700,000 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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Mar 26, 2018
Beginners luck! -- Hampton woman wins $100,000 the first time she plays Cash 5

Lawanda WilliamsTalk about beginner’s luck! 

Lawanda Williams said she’d never played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game before she bought a ticket for the March 9 day drawing.

“I just said, ‘Let me try this,’” the Hampton woman later told Lottery officials.

Sure enough, her ticket matched all five numbers to win the game’s $100,000 top prize.

She bought the ticket at Pine Supermarket, 1800 27th Street in Newport News. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket. The winning numbers were 1-5-14-21-26.

Ms. Williams, a retired 911 operator, said she has no immediate plans for 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. Williams lives in Hampton, which received more than $14.9 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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Mar 23, 2018
Prince William Student Named Winner of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest

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A local Prince William student was honored today as one of three winners of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest, in partnership with the Virginia PTA. Isabel Lee, a ninth-grade student at Battlefield High School, won in the contest’s high school category.

After receiving nearly 1,000 entries, winners from the elementary, middle and high school levels were selected to have their artwork featured on thank-you notes that will be distributed to thousands of teachers across the Commonwealth during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2018. Thank a Teacher is a statewide campaign organized by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with the Virginia PTA and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In its first two years, Virginians distributed more than 70,000 thank-you notes as part of the Thank a Teacher campaign.

“All of us at the Lottery are proud of our key role in supporting Virginia’s K-12 public schools, so it’s really meaningful when we have the chance to celebrate our great teachers and their most creative students,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We’ve added a really interesting new component to the Thank a Teacher campaign, and it’s great to be able to incorporate the artistic talents of this remarkable group of students.”

In a surprise presentation today, Isabel was awarded a $150 gift card and $1,000 for her school’s art department, and has been invited to attend the Thank a Teacher campaign kickoff event in the spring.

“Battlefield is extremely proud to have such a talented young artist amongst our Bobcat family,” said Battlefield High School Principal Ryan Ferrera. “Her art work truly showcases her natural artistic ability.”

The Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of representatives of Virginia’s arts community, including:

  • Laura Armentrout, Arts in Education Committee Chair, Virginia PTA
  • Stephanie Fedor, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center of Richmond
  • Amber Kuper, 2013 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher (Chesterfield County art teacher)

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Lottery dollars are funding programs statewide based on priorities set by the Governor and General Assembly each year, such as the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education and Career and Technical Education.

Isabel attends public school 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.

To learn more about the complete list of Thank a Teacher Art Contest winners, visit the Virginia Lottery Media Center to stay updated as elementary, middle and high school winners are announced.

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 information, visit valottery.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 23, 2018
He told his wife he wouldn't play the lottery - and then he won $4 million!

Oliver Davis, Jr., might be in trouble because he played the lottery.

“I told my wife I wouldn’t do it anymore,” the Portsmouth man said.

However, it just so happens the ticket he bought, a Super Cash Frenzy ticket from the Virginia Lottery, won the game’s $4 million top prize.

“I broke a promise, but I think she’ll forgive me this time,” he said.

On March 23, he returned to the store where he bought the winning ticket, Dollar Delites at 6550 Hampton Roads Parkway in Suffolk, to receive his prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Super Cash Frenzy is one of dozens of Scratchers from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $30 to $4 million. This is the first top prize redeemed in this game, which means three more remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,285,200. The odds of winning any prize in Super Cash Frenzy are 1 in 4.47.

Mr. Davis had the choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $2.6 million. He chose the cash option. The civil servant said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to take care of his family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Davis 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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Mar 22, 2018
Chesterfield man scratches to win $100,000

Ruben Carter“I nearly had a heart attack!”

That’s how Ruben Carter of Chesterfield recalled the moment he realized he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Super Crossword game.

It happened when the retired machinist stopped at Mayas Market, 16910 Hull Street Road in Mosley. He said he picked that particular game out at random.

Super Crossword features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means three more remain 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.

Mr. Carter said he hopes to use his winnings to pay bills and make some car repairs.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Carter 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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Mar 22, 2018
“The clerk said, ‘Honey, you won a lot of money!’”

Keshaun HodgeKeshaun Hodge wasn’t sure if the Power 5 ticket that he’d just scratched was a winner or not. So he showed it to the clerk who’d sold him the ticket. She soon had some great news.

“Honey, you won a lot of money!” she said.

Mr. Hodge won the game’s $555,555 top prize. He bought the winning ticket at Carson Market, 10060 Village Highway in Concord.

He said he told his mother, who didn’t believe him until he actually showed her the wining ticket.

Power 5 is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $555,555. Since he’s the first person to claim the top prize, there are four 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.

Mr. Hodge said he hopes to invest his winnings and buy a home for his mother.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought 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 $1.5 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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Mar 22, 2018
Hampton man stops for gas, wins $200,000

Jin Hai ChenIt was just a routine stop at a gas station for Jin Hai Chen. However it turned into anything but routine when the Hampton man bought a 50X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, scratched it, and discovered he’d won $200,000.

“I just scratched it and more and more zeros kept coming up!” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Bethel Exxon, 3327 West Mercury Boulevard in Hampton. He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The 50X the Money game (game #1770) is one of dozens of Scratchers from the Virginia Lottery. The $200,000 prize he won is actually the game’s second prize. The top prize is $5 million. The odds of winning the $5 million prize in 50X the Money 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. Chen lives in Hampton City, which received more than $14.9 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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Mar 21, 2018
Woodbridge man wins $150,000 in Powerball without leaving his home, using a Virginia Lottery subscription

Paul BurnsWith the Powerball jackpot hovering around the $420 million mark, Paul Burns wanted to make sure he was in the game. But the Woodbridge man didn’t have to run out to the store to buy a ticket. He was already covered.  He played using the Virginia Lottery’s subscribe online function to play from his home. 

As it turns out, his ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which would normally win $50,000. However, Mr. Burns spent an extra buck for the Power Play, which tripled his prize to $150,000.

The engineer discovered he’d won when he logged into his account shortly after midnight while sitting watching TV.

“I was excited!” he recalled.

The winning numbers in the March 14 drawing were 6-12-24-41-68, and the Powerball number was 9. He selected his numbers at random.

Subscriptions are offered by the Virginia Lottery for Mega Millions and Powerball to give players the opportunity to buy tickets online. Subscriptions are available to any Virginia resident, 18 or older, who is located within Virginia at the time of purchase.

“It’s just convenient,” Mr. Burns said. “It makes it easier for me to play.”

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.  Mr. Burns 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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Mar 14, 2018
Richmond woman wins an extreme prize: $150,000 in “Extreme Cash” game

Haley MooreWhen Haley Moore discovered she’d won $150,000 in the Extreme Cash game, the first thing she did was video chat with a friend, who suggested it might be a fake ticket.

It was no fake! Ms. Moore had just become the first top prize winner in the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. She bought her winning ticket at Broadway Express, 300 East Broadway in Hopewell.

Extreme Cash is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $150,000. Since she’s the first person to claim the top prize, there are three $150,000 tickets 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.

Ms. Moore said she intends to save her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Moore lives 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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Mar 14, 2018
“Something told me to play.” -- Rockville man scratches to win $1 million prize

Jon LockeJon Locke of Rockville went to the grocery store to pick up some laundry detergent. While he was there, at the Food Lion on West Broad Street in Manakin Sabot, he spied the Virginia Lottery’s Game Machine.

“Something told me to play,” he recalled.

So he bought a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza ticket and took it out to his vehicle to scratch it. That’s when he discovered he’d won the $1 million prize.

“My knees buckled,” he said.

The $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. The $1 million prize that Mr. Locke won is actually the second prize. As the name suggests, the game began with a total of $100 million in prizes available. He is the third $1 million winner to claim, which means one million-dollar ticket remains unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,836,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.71.

Mr. Locke had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

He said he intends to save his winnings to take care of his family.

“I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Locke bought the winning ticket in Goochland County, which received more than $275,000 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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Mar 14, 2018
Barboursville man collects $100,000 playing Powerball

Joe RamosWhy did Joe Ramos spend an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought his Powerball ticket?

“If I’m going to win, I want to win big!” he said.

That strategy paid off when the Barboursville man matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the March 3 drawing. Normally that would win $50,000. However, the Power Play number for that drawing was 2x, which doubled his prize to $100,000.

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1849 Seminole Trail in Charlottesville.

The winning numbers in that drawing were 13-17-25-36-40, and the Powerball number was 5. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The retiree said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

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. Ramos bought his winning ticket in Albemarle County, which received more than $3.8 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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Mar 13, 2018
A quick errand for Chantilly man leads to $200,000 Virginia Lottery win

William SullivanWilliam Sullivan was just running a quick errand on a Sunday when he stopped and bought a 50X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. That turned out to be a $200,000 decision.

“It was just the spur of the moment,” the Chantilly man said as he claimed his prize.

It happened at Harris Teeter, 25401 Eastern Marketplace Plaza in Chantilly.

Mr. Sullivan said he knew he’d won something when he scratched the ticket, but he didn’t immediately realize how much. “It’s been a bit nerve-wracking,” he said.

The 50X the Money game (game #1770) is one of dozens of Scratchers from the Virginia Lottery. The $200,000 prize he won is actually the game’s second prize. The top prize is $5 million. The odds of winning the $5 million prize in 50X the Money 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. Sullivan lives 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, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 09, 2018
Washington, DC, man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5 in Virginia

Feleke ZergawFeleke Zergaw is a lucky person. The Washington, DC, man matched all five numbers in the February 24 Cash 5 day drawing to win the game’s $100,000 top prize.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 2-5-21-25-33. He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2405 Fairhaven Avenue in Alexandria.

Mr. Zergaw, who works as a parking lot manager, said he intends to save his winnings for 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.  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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Mar 09, 2018
Mother knows best: She tells son to play Cash 5, and he wins $100,000

Brandon PreeBrandon Pree was visiting his mother, Tina, when she told him to play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, using family birthdays for the numbers on the ticket.

So that’s what the Washington, DC, man did. He bought his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2305 Huntington Avenue in Alexandria for the February 28 day drawing.

The five numbers he chose, 11-22-25-26-28, turned out to be the winning numbers in that drawing, which means he won the $100,000 top prize.

“The first thing I did was call my mother,” he said. “She started screaming!”

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.

So what does he plan to do with his winnings?

“Hopefully he’ll share with me since I told him to play!” Tina said.

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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Mar 09, 2018
Lightning strikes again for Washington County man

Charles NealIt was 2011 when Charles Neal won the $1 million prize in a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Now the Meadowview man has won big again. Mr. Neal scratched to win $150,000 in the Big Bills Game. Mr. Neal scratched to win $150,000 in the Big Bills Game.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Bully’s, 939 East Main Street in Abingdon.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his latest prize.

Big Bills is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in Big Bills are 1 in 4.23.

Mr. Neal is the fourth player to claim the top prize in this game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

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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Mar 09, 2018
Richmond woman wins top prize in “Weekly Half Grand” game

Rosemary DeveauxRosemary Deveaux couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The Richmond woman had scratched a Weekly Half Grand ticket from the Virginia Lottery, and it looked like a top prize winner.

She took out her glasses, and the ticket still looked like a winner. Then she took out a magnifying glass to get an even better look.

There was no mistake. She’d won the prize of $500 per week for ten years. She’ll receive that prize in ten annual payments of $26,000 before taxes.

The winning ticket was one of ten she bought at D & H Food Mart and Deli, 5816 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond.

Weekly Half Grand (game #1834) is one of dozens of games from the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Deveaux is the first top prize winner in game #1834, which means three more top prize winning tickets are unclaimed.

She said she tucked the winning ticket in an envelope for a few days before redeeming it. She would occasionally take the ticket out just to look at the ticket and smile.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 4,284,000, while the odds of winning any prize in Weekly Half Grand are 1 in 4. 8.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Deveaux lives 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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Mar 06, 2018
Disc jockey is speechless after winning $100,000 in Virginia Lottery

Darryl ChapmanAs a DJ, Darryl Chapman has an image to project. So when the Newport News man discovered he’d won the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, he played it cool – for a while.

“Once I got by myself, I jumped up and down and screamed,” he said.

Mr. Chapman matched all five winning numbers in the February 22 night drawing with a ticket he bought at Roy’s Quick and Serve, 2903 Shell Road in Hampton.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-11-14-23-25. He selected the numbers on his ticket at random.

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Chapman 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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Mar 06, 2018
Newport News man wins $250,000 on his lunch break

Dandy IbasWhat did you do on your lunch break? Dandy Ibas won $250,000.

It happened when the Newport News man went to the Wawa at 12093 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News to pick up some lunch. He also bought a $250,000 Money Mania ticket from the Virginia Lottery and tucked it in his pocket.

Later, when he sat down to eat lunch, he scratched the ticket and discovered he’d won the game’s top prize.

“I couldn’t even eat my lunch after that,” he said.

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.

He’s the third person to claim the game’s top prize, which means seven more remain unclaimed.

He said he plans to save his winnings for his children’s college.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Ibas 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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Mar 06, 2018
Montgomery County man celebrates $100,000 win

Timothy Hutchison IIAsk Timothy Hutchison how he happened to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 10X the Money game, and you’ll get a logical reply: “I just got lucky, I guess.”

The Pilot man scratched the ticket he bought at Pilot Mountain Grocery and then returned to the store to ask the clerk to check his ticket.

Soon the clerk had exciting news. “Yeah, you won!” he said.

The 10X the Money game (game #1790) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. He is the fourth top prize winner in game #1790, which means three $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.

Mr. Hutchison, who is a farmer, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Hutchison lives in Montgomery County, which received more than $3.8 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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Mar 06, 2018
Mechanical engineer scratches to win $150,000

Uwe LubenowUwe Lubenow was on a winning streak. The Suffolk man had a $10 winning Virginia Lottery ticket. He cashed it in and bought another, which was a winner. He bought a few more tickets, and one of them turned out to be a big winner.

“I said, ‘I think I just won $150,000!’” he said. “The people in the store were excited.”

Mr. Lubenow scratched to win the top prize in the Casino Cheer game.

He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 6550 Hampton Roads Parkway in Suffolk.

Casino Cheer is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. He’s the third person to claim the top prize, which means one $150,000 ticket remains unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 795,600. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.23.

Mr. Lubenow, who is a mechanical engineer, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Lubenow lives in Suffolk, which received more than $8.6 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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Mar 06, 2018
Berryville man collects $1,000,000 after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Jack HowardJack Howard may be the master of understatement. On the morning after the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million drawing, he told his wife, “Hey, I won a little bit of money.”

Actually, the Berryville man won the game’s top prize: $1 million after taxes.

“She couldn’t believe it!” he said.

Mr. Howard matched all six numbers in the February 17 drawing. The winning numbers were 11-17-22-27-30-31. The Bonus Ball number was 12, 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 Shop n Save, 409 North McNeill Road in Berryville. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Howard, who is an arborist, said he intends to take care of family members with his winnings.

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. Howard lives in Clarke 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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Mar 06, 2018
Spur of the moment decision to buy a ticket results in $100,000 win

Eunice PaireEunice Paire was walking out of the Rosslyn Metro Station in Arlington when she decided to do something she never does: Play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

That turned out to be a $100,000 decision.

The Bladensburg, Maryland, woman bought her ticket at United Newsstand, 1700 North Moore Street in Arlington, just outside the Metro Station. She selected five numbers at random for the February 18 night drawing.

“I just wrote them down as they came to me,” she said.

Those five numbers, 10-19-26-32-34, turned out to be the winning numbers, winning her the game’s $100,000 top prize.

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. Paire bought her ticket 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 $1.5 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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Mar 06, 2018
Nursing student has the winning prescription: She wins $100,000

Santayshia Wilson“My heart stopped. I didn’t really believe it!”

That’s how Santayshia Wilson recalled the moment she discovered she’d won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. The Danville woman matched all five numbers in the February 22 day drawing.

“I had my dad look at the ticket. His eyes got really wide, and that’s when I knew,” she said.

She selected the numbers on her ticket, 8-10-12-23-26, using a combination of her parents’ birthdays. She bought the ticket at Quick N Plenty Market, 395 Mount Cross Road in Danville.

Ms. Wilson, who is studying to become a nurse, said she intends to help 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. Wilson bought her winning ticket in Danville, which received more than $6.3 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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Mar 02, 2018
In the nick of time! -- Sterling woman claims $3 million prize just days before it would have expired

Ina H. FernandezIt’s probably safe to say Ina H. Fernandez is a patient woman. For months the Sterling resident had a secret. She had a Mega Millions ticket worth $3 million tucked away in a drawer.

All the while, the buzz in Northern Virginia was about that unclaimed ticket, especially when the Virginia Lottery announced it would expire at 5:00 pm on Monday, March 5, if not claimed. Finally, just days before the $3 million ticket would have turned into a worthless slip of paper, Ms. Fernandez claimed her prize.

She bought the ticket at Giant Food, 21000 South Bank Street in Sterling, for the September 5, 2017, drawing. Her ticket matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number. Normally, that would win Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. However, she spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier when she bought the ticket. Since the Megaplier number in that drawing was 3x, her prize was tripled to $3 million.

The winning numbers in the September 5 drawing were 11-17-59-70-72, and the Mega Ball number was 1. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select her numbers.

As to why she waited so long to claim her prize, she said, “I just wanted to think about it and take care of our finances.”

She said it was about a month after the drawing before she checked the numbers and discovered she’d won. “I was incredulous,” she said.

Even then, she didn’t tell her husband of 52 years for about two months.

Ms. Fernandez, who is retired, said she intends to help her family with her winnings.

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.  Ms. Fernandez 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 $1.5 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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Mar 01, 2018
Virginia Lottery and Virginia Council on Problem Gambling encourage support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Play ResponsiblyThe Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) are teaming up to mark National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 1 through 31.

To help raise awareness in Virginia, the Lottery is reissuing an award-winning public service announcement (PSA) for television and radio, encouraging responsible play.

The PSA, titled “Upside Down,” promotes the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline, which assists people who think they or loved ones may have a gambling problem.  It emphasizes that a problem gambler can make a positive change by seeking help.

The PSA is just one way in which the Lottery, in partnership with the VACPG is working to build a robust Responsible Gaming program. The Lottery was selected as one of the first lotteries nationwide to participate in a pilot responsible gaming verification program designed by the National Council on Problem Gambling and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. 

“For most people, gambling is harmless recreation, but for some it can become addictive” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “Promoting responsible play has always been part of our DNA at the Virginia Lottery, and we can raise awareness while also encouraging people to have fun and play responsibly.”

“Promoting awareness about problem gambling is key to preventing difficulties among members of our communities,” said VACPG President Carolyn Hawley, Ph.D. “The knowledge of how a recreational activity can become problematic, understanding the warning signs, and factors that place people at risk, can help minimize gambling related problems. We are fortunate that we have a Lottery that is making a commitment towards responsible gaming, and supporting efforts to keep gambling fun.”

The Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline is a toll-free number, (888) 532-3500, where callers can get information and referrals such as Gamblers Anonymous chapters in Virginia. It’s a good first step for anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have a gambling problem. All Virginia Lottery tickets and most printed advertising materials contain the number. 

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, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

The Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that aims to increase the education, prevention, and treatment efforts surrounding problem gambling within the state of Virginia. 

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Feb 27, 2018
Mother and son split $1 million prize in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Tim Ayer was overseas when he woke up and discovered his mother Wijitra Ayer had been urgently trying to reach him. It was January 2, the day after the winning numbers had been drawn in Virginias’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“I thought it was either really bad news or something about the raffle drawing,” he said.

He was right, and it was not bad news. Wijitra told him they’d won the $1 million top prize.

The ticket she bought at Weis Markets, 905 Garrisonville Road in Stafford, was ticket # 054602. It was one of three top prize winners in the January 1 drawing.

On February 27, Tim and Wijitra received their checks - $500,000 each before taxes - from the Virginia Lottery. The store received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Wijitra said she plays Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle each year and bought five tickets this year.

The other two top prize winning tickets in the January 1 drawing were bought in Bedford and Virginia Beach. 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.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Stafford, 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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Feb 26, 2018
Martinsville woman buys lottery ticket on an impulse, wins $750,000

Jamiee HairstonJamiee Hairston was on her way to a basketball game when she stopped at the Fast Stop on East Church Street in Martinsville for a drink.

“I was waiting in line at the register and I thought, ‘Maybe I should try a ticket,’” she recalled.

So the Martinsville woman bought a $32,000,000 Cash Payout game from the Virginia Lottery. While sitting in her car in the parking lot, she scratched the ticket to reveal the $750,000 top prize.

“I just threw the ticket down on the floor because I didn’t believe it,” she said.

Fortunately, she picked the ticket back up when she got home and realized she really had won big. “I couldn’t believe it!” she said.

The $32,000,000 Cash Payout game is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $750,000. She’s the first person to claim the top prize, which means three $750,000 prizes remain unclaimed in this game.

Ms. Hairston, who works in the healthcare industry, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

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 3.4.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Hairston lives in Martinsville, which received more than $2.2 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. Please play responsibly.

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Feb 26, 2018
Mother and son from Spotsylvania County split $1 million prize

Janice & James HockadayJames Hockaday was on his way home from work when he stopped at the 7-Eleven at 5409 Mudd Tavern Road in Woodford.

“I thought I was feeling lucky,” he later said.

He bought an Extreme Millions ticket from the Virginia Lottery, scratched it, and discovered he’d won the game’s $1 million prize.

“I was excited about it,” the Woodford said. “My heart started beating hard.”

He split the prize with his mother, Janice Hockaday of Spotsylvania. They had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or splitting a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. They chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Extreme Millions features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million. The $1 million prize they won is actually the game’s second prize. This is the second $1,000,000 prize claimed in this game, which means 10 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.  The Hockadays live 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 $1.5 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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Feb 20, 2018
Henry County business owner wins $250,000 in Virginia Lottery

Paul KennedyFor a moment, Paul Kennedy Jr. thought the $250,000 Money Mania ticket in his hand was worth $100. Then the Bassett man took a second look and realized he’d actually won $250,000.

The ticket was one of two he bought at The Connection Market & Grill, 299 River Road in Fieldale. The other ticket was a winner too. It won $25.

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.

He’s the second person to claim the game’s top prize, which means eight more remain unclaimed.

Mr. Kennedy, who owns a funeral home business, said his winnings will go towards retirement.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Kennedy lives in Henry County, which received more than $7.5 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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Feb 16, 2018
Caroline County man wins $1 million prize on his lunch break

Williams EvansWhen William Evans scratched his 20X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he thought he’d won $100,000. He put on his glasses to make sure, and that’s when he discovered he’d actually won a lot more!

“Wait a minute! This is a million!” he recalled thinking.

The Ruther Glen man bought his ticket at the Food Lion on Jefferson Davis Highway in Ruther Glen while on his lunch break.

Mr. Evans had a 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.

Once he realized how much he’d won, he had a difficult time convincing his wife.

“She didn’t believe it,” he said. “She thought I was pulling her leg.”

The 20X the Money Scratcher (Game #1781) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. He’s the third person to claim the game’s top prize, which means one more remains unclaimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Evans bought his winning ticket in Caroline County, which received more than $2.1 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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Feb 16, 2018
ODU student wins a 2018 Genuine Venture Scooter from Virginia Lottery

Katie GorntoIt’s the most fun on two wheels – and a Norfolk woman has won it.

Katie Gornto, an online student of Old Dominion University, submitted an entry in the Virginia Lottery’s “Ride into Fall Promotion” just before the November 18 ODU football game in Norfolk. When the drawing was held on November 28, her entry was drawn out of 1,704 total entries.

On February 9, Ms. Gornto received her prize from Game Guy: A 2018 Genuine Venture Scooter. Along with Game Guy, ODU’s mascot, Big Blue, was on hand for the presentation, along with members of the ODU Cheer Team. Click here for video of the presentation.

The “Ride into Fall Promotion” was held before nine athletic events this past autumn at Virginia colleges and universities. Anyone 18 or older could stop by the Virginia Lottery tent for prizes, We’re Game for Education Scratcher tickets, and a chance to enter for the scooter.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Gornto 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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Feb 14, 2018
“I started screaming!” -- Roanoke woman wins $150,000 in Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

June WhorleyYou might call it a case of being in the right place at the right time. June Whorley of Roanoke only intended to buy a bag of ice when she stopped at Wilmont Market, 3605 Shenandoah Avenue NW in Roanoke. But she also bought a Casino Cheer ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

“I just happened to stop at the store and happened to have five dollars,” she said.

And she just happened to win the game’s $150,000 top prize.

“I started screaming!” she recalled. “My heart started burning!”

Casino Cheer is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. She’s the second person to claim the top prize, which means two $150,000 tickets remain unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 795,600. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.23.

Ms. Whorley 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 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 $1.5 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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Feb 14, 2018
Rockingham County man collects $250,000 after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Curtis AreyCurtis Arey said he was “speechless” when he discovered he’d won $250,000 – after taxes - in the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game.

“Words just wouldn’t come out!” the Bridgewater man said. “I called my wife. She let out a couple of screams.”

Mr. Arey matched all six numbers in the January 31 drawing. Since he split his $2 wager four ways when he bought the ticket, he had four sets of numbers. Using that “Play Your Way” feature, he won $250,000 on one of his sets of numbers.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 211 Main Street in Bridgewater.

The winning numbers were 4-13-14-20-24-26. 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.

Mr. Arey, who is a banker, said he hopes to use his winnings to travel.

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. Arey bought his winning ticket in Rockingham County, which received nearly $6.9 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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Feb 14, 2018
Seven is lucky number for Bristol man who wins $177,777

Richard Hodge“I just walked out of the store, dumbfounded.”

That’s how Richard Hodge recalls the moment he discovered he’d won $177,777 in the Virginia Lottery game called “7.

It happened when the Bristol, Virginia, man went to Andy’s Market at 322 Pearl Street in Bristol. After he scratched the ticket, he asked the cashier to verify that he’d actually won.

“I still don’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize at the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center in Abingdon the next day.

The “7” Scratcher is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $177,777. He’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 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.19.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Hodge bought the winning ticket in Bristol, Virginia, which received more than $1.9 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 h