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Apr 18, 2014
Alexandria man wins $100,000 in Cash 5
Alexandria man smiles with winning ticketFor almost two months, Moges Mekonnin quietly kept a winning Cash 5 ticket tucked in his wallet. The Alexandria man matched all five numbers in the February 20 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

The winning numbers were 12-21-26-31-34. He selected his own numbers, which he said he plays often, because of their significance to his family. “I’m happy. Not only for me, but for my whole family,” Mr. Mekonnin told Lottery officials while claiming his winnings. 

He purchased the ticket at 7-Eleven, located at 6464 East Lincolnia Road in Alexandria. 

Mr. Mekonnin said he intends to use his winnings to support his wife’s small business.

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. 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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Feb 26, 2015
Virginia Lottery encourages support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month with “Play Responsibly” Public Service Announcement

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month logoThe Virginia Lottery is marking National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 2015, by reissuing a public service announcement (PSA) for television and radio, encouraging responsible play.

The PSA, titled “Play Responsibly,” 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.

Along with this PSA and others promoting responsible play and problem gambling awareness, the Virginia Lottery has produced Play Responsibly brochures and a problem gambling awareness instructional video for employees.

The Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline is a toll-free number, (888) 532-3500, created and supported by the Lottery.  Helpline operators can answer questions and provide callers with information and referrals such as Gamblers Anonymous chapters in Virginia. All Virginia Lottery tickets and most printed advertising materials contain the phone number. 

Along with funding the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline, the Lottery maintains a “Play Responsibly” page on its Web site, with information and links to the National Council on Problem Gambling and Gamblers Anonymous.

To show its support of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Virginia Lottery product advertising on television and radio is suspended during the week of March 1-7.

Although most people can play games of chance without ill effects, there are some for whom gambling can be harmful.  That is why the message from the Lottery is simple: have fun and play responsibly.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 26, 2015
Virginia Lottery Prize Zone and all Richmond-area offices opening two hours late Friday

Because of weather conditions, the Prize Zone in downtown Richmond, Prize Zone West in Henrico County and all Richmond-area offices will operate on a two-hour delay Friday, February 27, opening at 10:30.

 

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Feb 25, 2015
Waynesboro man wins $1 million prize in All About the Benjamins game

Erlys Leon HernandezLeon Hernandez had intended to get a bite to eat. But then something happened that caused him to lose his appetite. The Waynesboro man won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s All About the Benjamins Scratcher game.

He bought the winning ticket at Kings Market, 80 King Avenue in Waynesboro.

Mr. Hernandez had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 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 had no immediate plans for his winnings.

All About the Benjamins is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means three million-dollar prizes have yet to be claimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 25, 2015
On Friday the 13th, Warrenton man wins $100,000

Joseph RandallSome people think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Not Joseph Randall. That’s the day the Warrenton man won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery.

“It was my lucky day!” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Randall won the top prize in the Jewel 7’s Scratcher game.

He bought his winning ticket at Rite Aid, 7395 Lee Highway in Falls Church. When he scratched the ticket and realized he’d won big, he didn’t make a fuss.

“I immediately put it in my pocket and walked out of the store,” he said.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond Yellow like the one Mr. Randall bought, Topaz Blue, Peridot Green or Amethyst Purple.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 25, 2015
New Kent County woman wins $4 million prize in $4 Million Mega Multiplier

Brenda MaxeyYou might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on February 14.

She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’”

She had a choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,149,572. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

$4 Million Mega Multiplier features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. This is the second top-prize ticket claimed in this game, which means two $4 million tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, three $1 million second-prize tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 25, 2015
Warrenton man wins a jewel of a prize in Jewel 7’s game

Dennis MinterImagine knowing you have a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000 folded up in your wallet. Dennis Minter of Warrenton didn’t have to imagine it. After he won the top prize in the Jewel 7’s Scratcher game, he signed the ticket and quietly tucked it away.

He bought the winning ticket at Nick’s Market & Deli, 133 West Shirley Avenue in Warrenton. Then he saved the ticket for a few days before redeeming it at the Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge.

Mr. Minter, who is a home remodeler, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Peridot Green like the one Mr. Minter bought, Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, or Amethyst Purple.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 25, 2015
Cook wins a sizzling prize in Virginia Lottery: $225,000

Luis MendozaLuis Mendoza was on his way to work when he stopped for gas. He had some leftover change, so he decided to play a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Trouble is, the store was out of the game he wanted to play, so he bought the ticket next to it. That ticket ended up winning $225,000.

“I didn’t know what to do!” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Mendoza bought the winning Joker’s Jackpot ticket at Tiger Market and Bakery, 3903 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

The Silver Spring, Maryland, man works as a cook in Virginia. He said he might use his winnings to start his own business.

Joker’s Jackpot (game #1524) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $225,000. Mr. Mendoza is the first top prize winner in the game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 20, 2015
“I just felt kind of lucky.” - Chesterfield County man wins $1 million prize
Timothy WhiteTimothy White might have had a premonition that something good was about to happen.

“I just felt kind of lucky,” the Moseley man recalled.

He stopped at Mayas Market at 16910 Hull Street Road and played the Virginia Lottery’s 20X the Money game. When he scratched the ticket, he realized he’d won the $1 million prize.

“It was jaw-dropping,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $766,500 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.  

Mr. White, who works in flooring installation, said he had no immediate plans for his winnings.

20X the Money (game #1474) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. White is the second $1 million winner in game #1474, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 20, 2015
Hampton man is right on the money to win $1 million
Robert JonesWhy did Robert Jones of Hampton choose to play the Virginia Lottery’s Right on the Money Scratcher game? Because he says he likes the name.

And he was right on the money when he bought a ticket at Denbigh Food Mart on Denbigh Boulevard in Hampton. He scratched it and discovered he’d won the $1 million prize.

“I did a fist pump and ran around the store,” he told Virginia Lottery officials when he claimed his prize.

What did the other customers think when they saw that?

“They were wondering why this crazy fool was running around the store!” he laughed.

Mr. Jones had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $645,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.  

Right on the Money features prizes ranging from $20 up to $2.5 million. Mr. Jones is the ninth player to claim the second prize in Right on the Money, which means one $1 million ticket remains unclaimed. One $2.5 million ticket also remains unclaimed.

After redeeming his ticket, the truck owner/operator said, “I can get some sleep now.”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 13, 2015
Woodbridge woman discovered she’s had $100,000 ticket for five months

Geleta MamituFor five months, Mamitu Geleta had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000 in her possession, and she didn’t know it!

The Woodbridge woman matched all five numbers in the September 1 drawing in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. But she said she didn’t check the winning numbers until February 1. Fortunately, the ticket had not yet expired, so she was able to claim her $100,000 prize.

She bought the winning ticket at Shell, 8015 Lorton Road in Lorton. The winning numbers were 3-6-11-12-34. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select numbers on her ticket.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 13, 2015
Airline technician soars to $100,000 win in Cash 5 game

Yemane TsegaiYemane Tsegai isn’t likely to forget the numbers 2, 10, 15, 29 and 34 any time soon. Those were the numbers with which the Alexandria man won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five winning numbers in the February 5 Cash 5 night drawing. He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3827 South George Mason in Bailey’s Crossroad.

He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The airline technician said he hopes to use his winnings to pay for his son’s college education.

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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 13, 2015
Yorktown man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Charles CuthrellCharles Cuthrell was shocked when he discovered he had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000.

“I told my wife and she couldn’t believe it either,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The Yorktown man matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the top prize. He bought the winning ticket for the February 5 night drawing at the ABC Store at 5226 George Washington Highway in Grafton.

The winning numbers were 2-10-15-29-34. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Cuthrell 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 12, 2015
Virginia Beach man hits the trifecta; Three tickets in the same drawing = $300,000

Wayne DeffilyWayne Deffily is no stranger to winning big in the Virginia Lottery. In February of 2014 he won $100,000 in Cash 5. Now the Virginia Beach man has done it again – three times over!

He matched all five numbers in the February 9 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize. But this time he had three tickets in that drawing, all with the same winning numbers. So his total winnings came to $300,000.

“I said to the clerk, ‘I think I won some money,’” Mr. Deffily said, describing the moment her realized he’d won.

He bought all three winning tickets at the 7-Eleven at 3620 South Plaza Trail in Virginia Beach, the same store at which he bought his winning ticket a year ago. He also picked the same numbers in each drawing: 2-5-8-10-11. He said he chose those numbers because they reflect important family dates.

Mr. Deffily said he hopes to use his winnings to buy a new house.

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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 12, 2015
Powerball jackpot run generates $14.4 million for K-12 public schools in Virginia; Eleven tickets in Virginia win $10,000 prize

PowerballAlthough the jackpot-winning tickets in the February 11 Powerball drawing were not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefitted from the excitement. During the 21 drawings of the jackpot run that began in November and ended with Wednesday night’s drawing, sales of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated approximately $14.4 million in profit. By law, all of that profit goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.
 
In last night's drawing alone, more than 158,000 Powerball tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes 11 tickets that each won $10,000. Those tickets were bought at:
* Colonial Mart, 2702 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke
* Main Street Market, 220 North Main Street, Pearisburg
* 7-Eleven, 8011 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk
* 7-Eleven, 2303-C Soapstone Drive, Reston
* Greenville Avenue Exxon, 137 Lee Jackson Highway, Staunton
* Harris Teeter, 3249 Tyre Neck Road, Portsmouth
* Kangaroo Express, 1099 Rio Road, Charlottesville
* Courthouse Pit Stop, 1049 Courthouse Road, Stafford
* Giant Food, 3480 South Jefferson Street, Falls Church
* Seminole Food Mart, 22920-A U. S. Highway 29 North, Chatham
* 7-Eleven, 1357 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com
      
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 10, 2015
Powerball jackpot increases to estimated $500 million

Powerball

Because of very strong sales nationwide, the estimated jackpot for the February 11 Powerball drawing has been increased to $500 million.

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Feb 09, 2015
Powerball Jackpot grows to estimated $450 million - More than 49,000 tickets in Virginia win prizes in Saturday’s drawing

PowerballMore than 49,000 tickets in Virginia won prizes in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. But no one in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, February 11, Powerball drawing grows to an estimated $450 million.

Three Virginia tickets each won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. Those tickets were bought in Oakton, Portsmouth and Winchester.

Virginia Lottery officials expect to sell about 1.5 million Powerball tickets in the Commonwealth on Wednesday alone. If one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $450 million jackpot in 30 annual payments or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $304.1 million before taxes.

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

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com.   For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com
      
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 09, 2015
Triple play for $1,000,000 Money Ball players! Three players each win $100,000 in the same drawing.

Virginia Lottery $1 Million Money BallThe January 31 $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing was a big one for Virginia Lottery players. Three of them each won $100,000 in the same drawing.

Here are their stories:

It was an early birthday present for Ronnie Davis. The Hampton man won $100,000 in $1,000,000 Money Ball. He matched all five numbers in the January 31 drawing, three days before his birthday.

“I had to do a double-take,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1574 Old Buckroe Road in Hampton. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Laura Crespin likes to say, “I’m going to hit it big in the Lottery.”

Call it a premonition or call it luck, it turns out the Powhatan woman was correct. On January 31 she matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game to win $100,000.

“I read the ticket five times,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I was happy.”

She bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket. 

Gerardo Rodriguez was a big winner on Super Bowl Sunday. It had nothing to do with football, though. That’s the day the Harrisonburg man discovered he’d won $100,000 in the previous night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing.

“It was very exciting,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1911 Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg. He selected numbers that he likes to play.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 09, 2015
Truck driver hauls in $100,000 in Virginia Lottery game

Ronnie DavisIt was an early birthday present for Ronnie Davis. The Hampton man won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game. He matched all five numbers in the January 31 drawing, three days before his birthday.

“I had to do a double-take,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-9-19-23-32. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1574 Old Buckroe Road in Hampton. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The truck driver said he plans to use the winnings to take care of his family.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 06, 2015
Powerball jackpot rises to $380 million

Because of stronger-than-expected sales nationwide, the estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing has been increased to $380 million.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com

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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Feb 05, 2015
Springfield man serves up $100,000 prize in Virginia Lottery game

Subash RaiSubash Rai of Springfield says he’s “just a regular guy.” But he won a not-so-regular prize when he scratched a 10x the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. His ticket was the eighth and final ticket in the game to win the $100,000 top prize.

“I did not believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I had just dropped off a friend, and I’d stopped for some cigarettes.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6146 Rose Hill Drive in Alexandria.

Mr. Rai, who works as a hotel cook, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Since the last top prize in this game has been claimed, the game has been closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 05, 2015
She called it: Powhatan woman wins $100,000

Laura CrespinLaura Crespin likes to say, “I’m going to hit it big in the Lottery.”

Call it a premonition or call it luck, it turns out the Powhatan woman was correct. On January 31 she matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game to win $100,000.

“I read the ticket five times,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I was happy.”

She bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket. The winning numbers were 3-9-19-23-32. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Ms. Crespin said she intends to use her winnings to help her family.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 05, 2015
Harrisonburg man takes $100,000 prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball game

Gerardo RodriguezGerardo Rodriguez was a big winner on Super Bowl Sunday. It had nothing to do with football, though. That’s the day the Harrisonburg man discovered he’d won $100,000 in the previous night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing.

“It was very exciting,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Rodriguez matched all five numbers in the January 31 drawing. The winning numbers were 3-9-19-23-32. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1911 Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg. He selected numbers that he likes to play.

The maintenance worker said he has no plans for his winnings, except to pay bills.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 03, 2015
Restaurant worker wins a tasty prize in the Virginia Lottery: $100,000

Asghedom AbrahaAsghedom Abraha was sitting in a convenience store reading a newspaper when he scratched the 10x the Money ticket he’d bought a few moments earlier. He quickly realized he’d won big. But no one around him would have ever known.

“I knew it was a winner, but I tried not to react,” he said as he claimed his prize. “Then I walked away.”

The Accokeek, Maryland, man did indeed win the $100,000 top prize. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4949 Seminary Road in Alexandria. He said he works in a restaurant nearby.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Since the last top prize in this game has been claimed, the game has been closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 03, 2015
Buckingham County woman wins big money in $250,000 Jackpot Doubler game

Kantaben PatelKantaben Patel is a very lucky person. The New Canton woman scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Jackpot Doubler game.

She bought the winning ticket at Poor Boys, 25306 North James Madison Highway in New Canton.

$250,000 Jackpot Doubler (game #1523) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $250,000. Ms. Patel is the second top prize winner in the game, which means five top prizes remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 03, 2015
Falls Church man buys million-dollar winning ticket in Woodstock

Chay NguyenChay Nguyen drives a lot for his work. When he stopped for gas at Woodstock Sunoco on West Reservoir Road in Woodstock, he decided to play Powerball. That turned out to be a million-dollar decision.

The Falls Church man matched the first five numbers in the January 24 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers were 16-19-20-29-33, and the Powerball number was 10.  The only number he didn’t match was the Powerball number. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He said he doesn’t expect the prize to change him.

“I don’t get too excited,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Had he matched that Powerball number, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $230 million. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing and one of just ten nationwide.

He’s not the only winner. 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. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 03, 2015
Keswick man wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

William DentonWhen William Denton scratched his Jewel 7’s ticket from the Virginia Lottery, the Keswick man saw something he’d never seen before.

“The zeros just kept going and going and going,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it!”

All those zeros added up to the $100,000 top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Sheetz, 135 Market Street in Zion Crossroads.

The retired electronic technician said he hopes to use his winnings to pay bills and donate to charity.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, Peridot Green or Amethyst Purple.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 02, 2015
“I knew Lightning could strike twice!” - Petersburg man wins $100,000 in Cash 5 for the second time

Anthony SmithWhen Anthony Smith realized he might have won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, it was seemingly no big deal.

“I took it calmly,” he said.

You see, it’s happened before!  In January 2011, he won the $100,000 top prize Cash 5. So when he matched all five numbers in the January 19, 2015, day drawing, he took it all in stride. 

“I knew lightning could strike twice,” the Petersburg man said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Shop & Go Mart, 915 Boulevard in Colonial Heights. He selected the same numbers as his previous win: 2-13-21-26-28.

Mr. Smith 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Feb 02, 2015
Roanoke woman wins $100,000

Crystal PayneCrystal Payne was anxious to check the Lottery numbers because there was a high Powerball jackpot. It turns out the Roanoke woman did not hit the Powerball jackpot. Instead, she discovered she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

“I thought, ‘This doesn’t look right… because it looks like my numbers!’” she said as she claimed her prize.

She matched all five numbers in the January 24 drawing. She bought the winning ticket at Roanoke Tobacco, 3660 Colonial Avenue in Roanoke. She selected her numbers using family birthdays.

The winning numbers were 2-4-8-10-26. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Ms. Payne said she has no plans for her winnings except to pay bills, and possibly take a trip somewhere.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 29, 2015
A prolific winner does it again with $100,000 Cash 5 win
Theodore Townes is no stranger to winning big in the Virginia Lottery. In 2007 he won $777,777 in the Super Lucky 7’s Scratcher game. Then in 2009 he won $500,000 in Colossal Cash.

Now the Walkerton man has done it again. He matched all five numbers in the January 19 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

He bought his most recent winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1367 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. Those winning numbers were 2-4-8-26-29.

Mr. Townes 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 29, 2015
Virginia Beach man takes $100,000 prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball game
Joseph Bagtas has won two big prizes recently. Most importantly, he was recently married. Then he won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

The Virginia Beach man matched all five numbers in the October 18 drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 3960 Salem Lakes Boulevard in Virginia Beach. Because of the wedding and holidays, he waited until January to claim his $100,000 prize.

The winning numbers were 1-13-17-19-35. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Bagtas, who works as an event planner, said the winnings will help with wedding costs, and in starting a new married life together.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 29, 2015
Hampton man wins $100,000 from Virginia Lottery
Frank JohnsonFrank Johnson gave himself some good advice at the moment he discovered he’d won $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

“Just calm down,” he recalled thinking. “Don’t shout. Just be reasonable.”

Mr. Johnson matched all five numbers in the January 21 drawing with a ticket he bought at Corner Mart, 1700 Todds Lane in Hampton. He used Easy pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers were 7-16-21-25-30. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 29, 2015
A $100,000 visit to Virginia
Patsy MillsPatsy Mills had a VERY good trip to Virginia. She played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game and took home the $100,000 top prize.

It happened when the Greensboro, North Carolina, woman was visiting friends in Norfolk. She bought two tickets at the 7-Eleven at 230 West Olney Road, using numbers she likes to play.

Later, as she was driving home, she stopped at a gas station and checked the winning numbers on her phone. That’s when she discovered she’d matched all five numbers in the January 23 night drawing.

“Now wait a minute! Now wait a minute!” she recalled thinking.

Those winning numbers were 5-11-14-20-22.

“Those numbers are stamped on my brain,” she 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 26, 2015
Powerball ticket bought in Woodstock wins $1 million

PowerballCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that ended up winning $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at Woodstock Sunoco, 443 West Reservoir Road in Woodstock.

The winning numbers for the January 24 Powerball drawing were 16-19-20-29-33, and the Powerball number was 10. 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 Saturday’s drawing, and one of just ten nationwide. No ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 21, 2015
Hampton man does it again! - He wins $100,000 top prize in Cash 5 game for the second time

It was a case of déjà vu when Randall Pugh recently claimed the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. Back in 2013 the Hampton man matched all five numbers to win $100,000. Now he’s done it again.

Mr. Pugh matched all five numbers in the November 1, 2014, drawing. He claimed his prize on January 2, 2015.

“I just believed that I was going to win again,” he said as he claimed his latest prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2214 East Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk, the same store at which he bought his previous $100,000 winner. And he picked the same winning numbers too: 1-3-5-9-23.

So, what are his future plans?

“I’m optimistic that I’ll win again,” 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

It was a case of déjà vu when Randall Pugh recently claimed the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. Back in 2013 the Hampton man matched all five numbers to win $100,000. Now he’s done it again.

Mr. Pugh matched all five numbers in the November 1, 2014, drawing. He claimed his prize on January 2, 2015.

“I just believed that I was going to win again,” he said as he claimed his latest prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2214 East Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk, the same store at which he bought his previous $100,000 winner. And he picked the same winning numbers too: 1-3-5-9-23.

So, what are his future plans?

“I’m optimistic that I’ll win again,” 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 21, 2015
Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle creates three new millionaires
On January 1, 2015, the Virginia Lottery announced three winning tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  It didn’t take long for all three winners to come forward to collect their million-dollar prizes.

Those winners are:
* Sharon Mayes of Courtland
* Dallas Eccles of Clemmons, NC
* David Albee of Norfolk

Sharon Mayes received her Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket from her husband as a Christmas present.

“I got a $1 million Raffle ticket,” she said as she claimed her prize. “He got a grill.”

Her husband bought the ticket at Mid-Atlantic Circle K, 12201 South Crater Road in Petersburg. Ms. Mayes said the winnings will be especially helpful in paying off college debt for their three children, one of whom is still in school.

Dallas Eccles was having some trouble with his internet connection on New Year’s Day. When he finally got back online a few days later, he checked the winning numbers, and couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I looked and I looked again,” he said. “I checked 10 times. My wife said, ‘You look like a zombie!’”

He bought the ticket at Ridgemart, 10079 Greensboro Road in Ridgeway, Virginia. Mr. Eccles, who is a factory worker, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When David Albee discovered he’d won a million dollars in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, there was no yelling or jumping up and down.

“I’m not a guy who gets excited,” he said. “My wife was more excited than me. I was in disbelief.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6900 North Military Highway in Norfolk. Mr. Albee, who works as a production manager, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 21, 2015
North Chesterfield woman scratches to win $150,000

Yvonne AhlgrimYvonne Ahlgrim had a $25 winning ticket to redeem. She took it in to the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Richmond, and used her winnings to buy a Triple the Money ticket. That ticket ended up winning the $150,000 top prize.

When she scratched the ticket in the car, she showed it to her husband, who told her, “Oh, you’ve got a big winner!”

“I was jumping and skipping around outside the car,” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Ahlgrim said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and maybe take a trip.

Triple the Money is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. This is the fourth top prize claimed in the game, which means there’s one unclaimed $150,000 prize remaining.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 21, 2015
Suffolk man wakes up to $100,000 from Virginia Lottery

George WertzIt was about 2:00 a.m. when George Wertz woke up and decided to go online to check the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing. That’s when the Suffolk man discovered he’d won $100,000.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I went upstairs and woke my wife to tell her. She said ‘Okay,’ and went back to sleep!”

Mr. Wertz matched all five numbers in the January 14 drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Airline Shell, 2722 Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth. He selected his numbers using family birthdays.

The winning numbers were 7-16-21-25-30. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Wertz, a sheet metal worker, said he has no plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 21, 2015
“Is it real?” - Richmond woman wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery

Marta Orellana MartinezMarta Orellana Martinez doesn’t play the Lottery very often. In fact, she sometimes tells her husband he’s wasting his money when he plays. But she’s not likely to say that any more – not since she won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s 10x the Money game. 

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I looked at the ticket and said, ‘Is it real?’ You don’t expect it’s going to happen to you.”

She bought the winning ticket at Speed Mart, 2700 Broad Rock Boulevard in Richmond.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, although there might be a nice designer bag in her future.

10x the Money (Game #1484) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Ms. Martinez is the third player to claim the $100,000 top prize game #1484, meaning there are five unclaimed top prizes.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 19, 2015
Six Virginians collect $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Along with the three $ 1 million winners, six Virginia Lottery players won big in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  Each of those players won $25,000 on January 1. They all collected their prizes during the month of January.

Those winners are:
* Nancy Williams of Bumpass 
* Melinda Bonham of Sugar Grove 
* Ronn Vollbrecht of Norfolk 
* Gary Corpuz of Ashburn 
* Mary Golden of Midlothian 
* David Showalter of Waynesboro 

“It’s a heck of a way to start the new year,” said Ronn Vollbrecht, who bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3025 East Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk.

Melinda Bonham agreed. She bought her winning ticket at Corner Chevron Food Mart on North Main Street in Marion. She called it an “awesome start to the new year.”

Mary Golden and her husband each bought one ticket. Her ticket, which she bought at Cigarettes Unlimited, 11138 Hull Street Road in Midlothian, was the winner. Ms. Golden, a registered nurse, called the win a “belated Christmas gift.”

Nancy Williams bought her ticket at Fas Mart on Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania.

“I jumped up and down a few times and hollered at my husband,” she said, recalling the moment she discovered she had a winning ticket.

In addition to these $25,000 winners, Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle created three $1 million winners. Those winners are Sharon Mayes of Courtland; Dallas Eccles of Clemmons, NC; and David Albee of Norfolk.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 19, 2015
One drawing = Two $1 million winners in $1,000,000 Money Ball!

Virginia’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game is hot! Just so far this year, there have been two million-dollar winners, and they were both in the same drawing!

Here are their stories:

It was Sunday morning, and Larry Wolfe of Covington had an unusual question for his wife.

“Did I win a million dollars?” he asked.

The answer: Yes he did! He did it by matching all five winning numbers in the January 10 drawing. During that drawing, the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn, which increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

“Now I’m a fan of the gold ball,” he said.

Mr. Wolfe bought the winning ticket at Prince Food Mart, 1422 Durant Road in Covington. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays

Sometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. Charles Houchens thought he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.  He was very happy about that.

But it turns out the Louisa man was wrong. He hadn’t won $100,000. Actually, he’d won
$1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at Mulberry Station, 3008 Richmond Road in Charlottesville.

Mr. Houchens, who works as a bus driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 17, 2015
Louisa man takes $1 million prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball

Charles HouchensSometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. Charles Houchens thought he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.  He was very happy about that.

But it turns out the Louisa man was wrong. He hadn’t won $100,000. Actually, he’d won
$1 million.

Mr. Houchens matched all five winning numbers in the January 10 drawing. During that drawing, the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn, which increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at Mulberry Station, 3008 Richmond Road in Charlottesville. On January 16, he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 6-8-10-25-26. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. His ticket was one of two million-dollar winners in that drawing. The other ticket was bought in Covington.

Mr. Houchens, who works as a bus driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

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Jan 16, 2015
Covington man wins $1 million in $1,000,000 Money Ball game

Larry WolfeIt was Sunday morning, and Larry Wolfe had an unusual question for his wife.

“Did I win a million dollars?” he asked.

The answer: Yes he did! The Covington man won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.  He did it by matching all five winning numbers in the January 10 drawing. During that drawing, the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn, which increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

“Now I’m a fan of the gold ball,” he said.

Mr. Wolfe bought the winning ticket at Prince Food Mart, 1422 Durant Road in Covington. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays. Those winning numbers were
6-8-10-25-26. His ticket was one of two million-dollar winners in that drawing. The other ticket was bought in Charlottesville.

On January 16, Mr. Wolfe received his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 14, 2015
Troutville man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Jerry WaltonJerry Walton is starting 2015 with some extra money in his pocket. The Troutville man claimed the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five winning numbers in the August 24, 2014, Cash 5 night drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Mama D’s Texaco, 1661 Roanoke Road in Daleville. The winning numbers were 2-10-27-33-34. He selected numbers that he enjoys playing.

The retiree said he plans to invest 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 14, 2015
Teamwork leads to $100,000 win for Arlington man

Jim RushingJim Rushing and his wife play the Lottery as a team: He buys the ticket and she scratches it. That’s how they won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Jewel 7’s game.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Safeway, 2500 North Harrison Street in Arlington.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, Peridot Green or Amethyst Purple.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 14, 2015
Richmond-area Lottery offices on two-hour delay because of weather
Due to icy weather conditions in the Richmond metro area, the Prize Zone in downtown Richmond and Prize Zone West in Henrico County will open at 10:30 today (Wednesday). Please be safe.
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Jan 14, 2015
Retired electrician is shocked to win $1 million

Arthur GalanisWhen Arthur Galanis had a store clerk check his Powerball ticket, he received a surprising response. The clerk scanned the ticket, handed it back to Mr. Galanis, and said, “Take the ticket now and run right away!”

It turns out the ticket was worth $1 million.

He matched the first five numbers in the November 29 Powerball drawing.

He bought the winning ticket at Gunston Shell Service Center, 9801 Richmond Highway in Lorton. The winning numbers were 13-24-30-42-48, and the Powerball number was 27.  He used Easy pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Had he matched that final number, the Powerball number, it would have won the $90 million jackpot.

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

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. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 13, 2015
Norfolk man wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

When David Albee discovered he’d won a million dollars in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, there was no yelling or jumping up and down.

“I’m not a guy who gets excited,” the Norfolk man said. “My wife was more excited than me. I was in disbelief.”

His ticket, #228447, was one of three tickets drawn in the January 1 drawing for the $1 million prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6900 North Military Highway in Norfolk. On January 5, he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Albee, who works as a production manager, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. The winning ticket was one of four Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle tickets that he bought.

The other two top-prize winners were bought in Petersburg and Ridgeway. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Spotsylvania, Marion, Norfolk, Ashburn, Midlothian and Staunton. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 12, 2015
Two tickets each win $1 million in Saturday night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing
Virginians won big in Saturday night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing. Two tickets each matched all five numbers to win $1 million. The tickets were bought at:
• Prince Food Mart, 1422 Durant Road, Covington
• Mulberry Station, 3008 Richmond Road, Charlottesville

The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball came up in Saturday night’s drawing. That increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

This new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia.

Here’s how the game works: You select five numbers out of 35 numbered balls. The Lottery will draw five balls out of 36 – that’s 35 numbered balls plus one Gold Million Dollar Money Ball. If the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball is one of the five balls drawn, an additional numbered ball is drawn, and the top prize in that drawing immediately increases from $100,000 to $1 million.

Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball replaces Win for Life, which concluded a very successful eight-year run with the September 13 drawing. The Win for Life game created 44 lifetime winners ($1,000 per week for the rest of the winner’s life) in Virginia while generating an estimated $95 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 08, 2015
Virginia Lottery Announces Search for “Super Teachers”- Eight Virginia K-12 educators will receive honors, a cash prize and classroom supplies

Virginia Lottery Super TeacherThe Virginia Lottery, along with its partners at Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, today announced the opening of the 8th annual Super Teacher Awards. Between now and Feb. 13, 2015, Virginians can help honor outstanding public school teachers from across the Commonwealth by nominating them at www.vasuperteacher.com.

Each day, the Lottery generates more than $1.4 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014.

“The Super Teacher Awards are a great way for the Lottery to reaffirm our commitment to Virginia’s K-12 public schools,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “It gives us an opportunity to show Virginians that we’re game for education, and it also gives our communities a unique opportunity to show their appreciation of their local teachers.”

Since 2008, the Super Teacher program has honored 56 teachers and awarded more than $200,000 in prizes. Out of this year’s nominees, eight Virginia educators will be selected as the 2015 Super Teachers, winning $2,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $2,000 in classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies.

The 2015 Super Teachers will be selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:
* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, James Madison University
* Brenda Sheridan, president of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher award recipient, Pembroke Elementary School, Virginia Beach

Anyone 18 or older can nominate a Virginia pre-K-12 public school teacher. Nominations must be received by Feb. 13, 2015. Winners will be announced online in spring 2015, and through a surprise presentation in each winning teacher’s hometown.

To nominate or to learn more, visit www.vasuperteacher.com. For more information about the Virginia Lottery, visit www.valottery.com, and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jan 08, 2015
Woodbridge woman wins $1 million playing Mega Millions

Sandra McDonaldSandra McDonald is starting 2015 with a million bucks. The Woodbridge woman matched the first five numbers in the December 30 Mega Millions drawing. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 13360 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“I saw the winning numbers on the news, and I thought, ‘I don’t remember having those numbers,’” she said.

But later in the night, when she couldn’t sleep, she checked the numbers online and discovered she’d won big.

“I don’t believe this!” was her reaction.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-7-44-63-67 and the Mega Ball number was 12. Had she matched all six numbers, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $172 million. Her ticket was one of just two nationwide to win the $1 million prize. No ticket won the jackpot in that drawing.

Ms. McDonald, who is retired, said she plans to invest her winnings and also pay off debt.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. The odds of winning the $1 million prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 07, 2015
Clemmons, NC, man wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle
Dallas Eccles was having some trouble with his internet connection on New Year’s Day. When the Clemmons, North Carolina, man finally got back online a few days later, he decided to check the winning numbers in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“I may as well check. I know I’m not a winner,” he thought.

But when he found the numbers of the three $1 million winning tickets, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I looked and I looked again,” he said. “I checked 10 times. My wife said, ‘You look like a zombie!’”

His ticket was a $1 million winner. He bought the ticket at Ridgemart, 10079 Greensboro Road in Ridgeway, Virginia. On January 7, the couple returned to the store to receive the million-dollar check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Eccles, who is a factory worker, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

His winning ticket is #323455. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Norfolk and Petersburg. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Spotsylvania, Marion, Norfolk, Ashburn, Midlothian and Staunton. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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Jan 05, 2015
Courtland woman receives Virginia Lottery ticket as a Christmas present, and wins $1 million
Among the Christmas gifts Sharon Mayes received from her husband was a Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket from the Virginia Lottery. A week later, on New Year’s Day, that ticket was drawn as one of three $1 million top prize winners.

“I got a $1 million Raffle ticket,” she said as she claimed her prize. “He got a grill.”

The Courtland woman discovered her Christmas present was a million-dollar winner when she went to the Virginia Lottery’s website, www.valottery.com.

“I just kept looking from the ticket to the computer screen; from the ticket to the screen again and again,” she recalled.

Her husband bought the ticket at Mid-Atlantic Circle K, 12201 South Crater Road in Petersburg. On January 5, the couple returned to the store to receive the million-dollar check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Ms. Mayes said the winnings will be especially helpful in paying off college debt for their three children, one of whom is still in school.

Her winning ticket is #092055. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Norfolk and Ridgeway. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Spotsylvania, Marion, Norfolk, Ashburn, Midlothian and Staunton. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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 $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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