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Jul 03, 2014
Roanoke woman wins $130,000 as she’s leaving for vacation

Kim CookKim Cook was packed and all set to leave on vacation. She stopped by the grocery store for some snacks to take along on the drive. While she was there, she bought an Extreme 13 Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When she scratched it, she initially thought she’d won $30. But when she showed the ticket to a clerk, she discovered the ticket was worth a lot more.

“Girl, you won $130,000!” the clerk said. “Put the ticket in your purse and drive straight to the Lottery office.”

The clerk was right. Ms. Cook had just become the game’s first top prize winner. She bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 4387 Starkey Road in Roanoke.

Extreme 13 is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $130,000. Since this is the first top prize claimed in the game, four $130,000 prizes remain unclaimed.

Ms. Cook, who is a real estate agent, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Nov 17, 2017
Midlothian woman wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game

Eva GreenEva Green of Midlothian was on her way to go grocery shopping when she received an unusual call from her husband.

“Honey, turn that car around!” he said.

He had just checked the winning numbers in the previous day’s Cash 5 drawing and discovered they had won the $100,000 to prize.

“I was driving, so I had to stay calm, cool and collected,” she said.

The ticket that her husband bought at Wawa, 12001 Southshore Pointe Drive in Midlothian, matched all five numbers in the November 16 day drawing. The winning numbers were 1-10-26-29-32. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

She said the winnings will help with their 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 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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Nov 17, 2017
Sterling man scratches to win $250,000 from Virginia Lottery

Tru TranTru Tran has been pretty lucky playing the Virginia Lottery in the past, but his luck reached new heights when he scratched a Virginia’s $250,000 Double Play ticket and won the game’s top prize.

He bought the $250,000 winning ticket at Phuoc Loc Tho Asian Market, 22360 South Sterling Boulevard in Sterling.

He claimed the fourth and final top prize in Virginia’s $250,000 Double Play (game #1765), which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

Virginia’s $250,000 Double Play featured prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 4.32.

Mr. Tran, who lives in Sterling and works as a grocery store cashier, said he plans to use his winnings to help family members.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Tran bought his winning ticket 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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Nov 17, 2017
School bus driver wins $250,000 in “Extra Play” game

Ginger CarterGinger Carter has something in common with the Virginia Lottery: They both work to benefit school children. The Lottery, of course, generates funds for K-12 education in the Commonwealth, and Ms. Carter serves as a school bus driver.

Now they have something else in common: Ms. Carter won $250,000 playing a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game.

“It doesn’t feel real yet,” the Ruckersville woman said as she claimed her prize. “I didn’t think I was reading it correctly.”

She bought the Extra Play game ticket at Ruckersville Express Mart, 8623A Seminole Trail in Ruckersville.

“I just felt lucky,” she said.

Extra Play (game #1760) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the fifth top prize claimed in this game. That means two $250,000 tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Extra Play are 1 in 4.31.

Ms. Carter said she may use her winnings to make a down payment on a house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Carter bought her winning ticket in Greene County, which received nearly $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 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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Nov 17, 2017
Carrollton man collects $250,000 after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Martin CuffeMartin Cuffe has a little extra spending money going into the holidays. Make that: $250,000.

The Carrollton man collected $250,000 – after taxes - in the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game.

Mr. Cuffe matched all six numbers in the October 28 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 Carrollton Exxon, 15135 Carrolton Boulevard in Carrollton.

The winning numbers were 1-3-9-13-20-30. The Bonus Ball number was 11, although he didn’t need it to win the top prize. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.

Mr. Cuffe, who works as a security officer, said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and save for retirement.

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. Cuffe bought his winning ticket in Isle of Wight County, which received nearly $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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Nov 14, 2017
Father and son from King George team up to win $100,000

Robert BucknerRobert Buckner has learned something from his father: If once is good, 20 times is better.

That’s how Robert, a fork lift operator from King George, won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game. He bought 20 tickets in the same drawing, all with the same four-digit number combination. When that combination, 9875, was drawn in the October 25 night drawing, each of those tickets won the $5,000 top prize for a total of $100,000.

“We’ve been playing these numbers for a long time,” Robert said as he claimed the prize. “It feels good!”

His father bought the tickets at King George Tobacco Store, 4593 James Madison Parkway in King George.

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 King George, which received more than $1.3 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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Nov 14, 2017
Lancaster County man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Bill LahockiBill Lahocki was out of state on business when he discovered he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. The Weems man said he got so excited when he ran to his car to check his ticket that he accidently locked himself out of his hotel room.

“I was a little stunned,” he said.

He matched all five numbers in the November 1 night drawing with a ticket he bought at Irvington Market, 4447 Irvington Road in Lancaster.

The winning numbers were 1-5-19-23-34. Mr. Lahocki said he selected those numbers because his daughter picked them out for him 23 years ago.

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. Lahocki bought his winning ticket in Lancaster County, which received more than $435,000 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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Nov 14, 2017
A trip to the grocery store ends with $200,000 win for Front Royal man

Tony DuongIt may have seemed like a routine trip to the grocery store when Tony Duong accompanied his wife for some Sunday shopping. However, it ended with the Front Royal man scratching to win $200,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Winter Winnings game.

He bought the winning ticket at Martins Food Market, 409 South Street in Front Royal.

“He was ecstatic” said his daughter as he claimed his prize. “This is a great retirement for him and my mom.”

Winter Winnings is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. He’s the first person to claim the top prize, which means three $200,000 tickets 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 3.81.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Duong bought the winning ticket in Warren 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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Nov 14, 2017
Hampton man wins $100,000 using numbers his wife saw in a dream

Frederick KnoxFrederick Knox of Hampton said he doesn’t play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game very often. However, when his wife saw a set of numbers in a dream, she decided to play those numbers in the November 3 night drawing.

All five numbers matched to win the game’s $100,000 top prize.

 “She just kept looking at the ticket, and she didn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed the prize for both of them.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1033 Mercury Boulevard in Hampton.

Those dreamy winning numbers were 1-8-14-20-31.

Mr. Knox, who works as a cook, said he has no plans for the 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.  The winning ticket was bought 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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Nov 13, 2017
His co-workers told him he was dreaming when he said he’d win a Corvette®