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Dec 01, 2017
A million-dollar lottery ticket in her husband’s backpack

Rosa IbarraRosa Ibarra was cleaning out her husband’s backpack when she found a Hot Millions Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery. To her surprise, the ticket was a $1 million winner.

The ticket had been given to him by a friend, and he tossed it in the backpack after scratching it, thinking it was a joke. But it was no joke, the ticket really was worth $1 million. Since she found it and realized what it was worth, her husband told her to keep it.

Ms. Ibarra and her husband, who live in Avalon, Texas, were in Virginia for his work in construction. Their big win came just in time to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Virginia.

The ticket was bought at Wawa, 8800 Brook Road in Glen Allen, which receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket. Ms. Ibarra had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

Hot Millions Multiplier (game #1616) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4,000,000. Ms. Ibarra is the first player to win the $1 million prize in game #1616, which means two more remain unclaimed. In addition, two $4 million top-prize tickets also remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in Hot Millions Multiplier are 1 in 3.0.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Henrico County, which received more than $20.4 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 15, 2018
Excitement in Virginia grows along with Mega Millions jackpot

Mega Millions logoMeanwhile, Mega Millions ticket in Manassas wins $10,000

More than 73,000 Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia won prizes in Friday’s drawing. But no ticket in the Commonwealth, or anywhere else, matched all six numbers to win the jackpot. So the jackpot grows to an estimated $654 million for the Tuesday, Oct. 16, drawing.

Of those 73,362 winning tickets bought in Virginia, one was a $10,000 winner. It was bought at the 7-Eleven at 8200 Falls Grove Drive in Manassas.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July. The estimated $654 million jackpot is now the second largest in the history of Mega Millions and the fourth largest ever for all North American jackpot games.

Virginians are lining up for a piece of the action. The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than 1.1 million Mega Millions tickets on Tuesday alone. At peak times on Tuesday, Mega Millions tickets will be selling at a rate of more than 3,350 tickets per minute in Virginia.

Nine Mega Millions jackpots have been won in Virginia since the game began in 2002.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot has grown to an estimated $345 million for Wednesday’s drawing.

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

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 12, 2018
Charlotte County woman wins $100,000 in 10X the Money

Wanda VaughanJust because your friends do something, should you do it? In Wanda Vaughan’s case, the answer is yes! It won her $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery.

Ms. Vaughan said she rarely plays lottery games. However, when the Saxe woman walked into JR’s Country Store at 10974 Highway 49 in Skipwith, she said she saw some of her friends playing lottery games in the store, so she decided to give it a shot.

She bought a 10X the Money ticket and scratched it to win the $100,000 top prize.

“I was just shocked!” she said.

The 10X the Money game (game #1894) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Ms. Vaughan is the third player to win the top prize in this game, which means four $100,000 tickets are unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,049,143, and the odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money are 1 in 4.28.

The administrative assistant said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Vaughan lives in Charlotte County, which received more than $1.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 12, 2018
Norfolk woman wins $100,000 in Win a Spin

Mary Adams“I feel good, but I feel nervous!”

That’s how Mary Adams described her feelings as she prepared to receive a $100,000 check from the Virginia Lottery. The Norfolk woman won that prize by scratching a Win a Spin ticket she bought at the 7-Eleven at 1001 Bayview Blvd. in Norfolk.

She said it happened when she stopped for a bite on a Saturday morning. She took the ticket out to her car and scratched it in the parking lot. When she saw what appeared to be a $100,000 as her prize, she took it back in the store and asked the clerk, “Is it right?”

Win a Spin is an exciting game from the Virginia Lottery in which players can win a chance to spin the big wheel to win a prize ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. The chances of winning a spin on the big wheel are 1 in 918,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 3.89.

Ms. Adams won the game’s second prize: $100,000 without spinning the wheel.

After realizing the size of her prize, she said her biggest challenge was convincing family members she’d won.

“They didn’t believe it!” she said.

So far, one player has won a spin of the big wheel, which means seven as-yet unclaimed tickets can be redeemed for a shot at the big wheel.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Adams lives in Norfolk, which received more than $28.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 12, 2018
What a great Friday night! -- Prince William County man wins $100,000

Ray McFaddenIt wasn’t going to be an eventful Friday evening for Ray McFadden.

The Triangle man went to the Food Lion on Jefferson Davis Highway in Dumfries for “some milk and stuff.”

He also bought a 10X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. That’s when his evening became memorable. He scratched the ticket at home to reveal the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it!” he said. “I was overjoyed. I’m still in shock.”

Mr. McFadden, who works in shipping and receiving, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

The 10X the Money game (game #1894) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. His ticket is the second of seven top prizes available to be claimed in this game. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143, and the odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money are 1 in 4.28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  McFadden lives in Prince William County, which received more than $51.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 12, 2018
Chesapeake man takes home top prize in Sizzling Hot 7’s

Darryl RichardsonWhen Darryl Richardson was told that he would need to take his Virginia Lottery’s Sizzling Hot 7’s ticket to a Customer Service Center to be cashed, he thought to himself: “Well, I’ve got something here” and quietly rushed out of the store with his winning ticket.

You see, Richardson hadn’t scratched the entire ticket before he took it up to the clerk for verification. Back in his car, he scratched to reveal double 32’s and won the top prize amount of $177,777.

Richardson said he buys scratchers every so often and enjoys the occasional win of $25 or $30. He thought he might have won something similar when he began scratching the Sizzling Hot 7’s ticket purchased at the 7-Eleven at 907 Great Bridge Road in Chesapeake, so he took the ticket to the clerk who told him the prize was too big to be cashed by the retailer.

The Chesapeake man said he was nervous upon hearing the news and waited to be with his son when he cashed his ticket. He thought it was too good to be true. Two weeks later, Richardson and his son headed to the Hampton Customer Service Center, and the good news was confirmed. Richardson had won the top prize of the game.

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

Richardson, who is retired, said he will likely use the winnings to continue supporting his kids and grandkids.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Richardson lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $21.1 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2018
A $200,000 winning ticket for Sandston woman

Zohra AnwariZohra Anwari doesn’t play lottery games very often.

“Sometimes here and there,” she said.

But once was all it took when the Sandston woman won $200,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 50X the Money game.

She bought the winning ticket at Happy Shopper located at 9011 Pocahontas Trail in Providence Forge.

Anwari, who is studying science and computer engineering, said she hopes to use her winnings to pay down her mortgage.

The 50X the Money game (#1770) is one of dozens of Scratchers from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $5 million. The $200,000 prize won by Anwari is actually the game’s second prize. She is the third player to claim the $200,000 prize, which means five tickets remain unclaimed.

As for the $5 million top prize, one has been claimed so far, which leaves two more unclaimed. The odds of winning the $5 million prize are 1 in 1,876,800, and the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.07.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Anwari lives in Henrico County, which received more than $21.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2018
Lynchburg accountant wins $255,555 in Virginia Lottery

Robert DudaRobert Duda stopped for a cup of coffee. He ended up with a winning lottery ticket worth $255,555.

It happened when the Lynchburg man bought a $255,555 Bonus Cash ticket at Greenview Stop located at 1209 Greenview Drive in Lynchburg. He took the ticket home and scratched it to reveal the game’s top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it!” he said. “It was just dumb luck.”

Duda, who is a retired accountant, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

“It’s not going to change me,” he said.

He is the second person to claim the top prize in $255,555 Bonus Cash (game #1898), which means two more top prize tickets remain unclaimed in this game. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,040,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 4.09.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Duda lives in Lynchburg, which received nearly $7.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2018
Out of the ordinary odds for Woodbridge man who won $100,000 in Cash 5

Bobby FlowersWhat began as an ordinary day for Bobby Flowers ended with him winning the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

It’s not uncommon for the Woodbridge resident to try his lucky numbers (his birthday plus the number 33) at any of the Wawa locations along Jefferson Davis Highway. Little did he know that his daily routine would result in him matching all five winning numbers in the Sept. 25 drawing.

When Flowers returned to the retailer to claim his prize, he did not know how much he had won. The store clerk informed him that the ticket was for more than $600 and could not be cashed in the store. Once Flowers learned he won the full prize amount of $100,000, he shared the good news with everyone at work. 

He bought his winning ticket at the Wawa located at 15809 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Flowers lives in Prince William County, which received more than $51.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2018
Chesapeake man wins $777,777 on his lunch break

Willie LovelyWhat did you do on your lunch break? Willie Lovely Jr. won $777,777.

The Chesapeake man scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Blazing Hot 7s game.

It happened when the longshoreman was on his lunch break. He stopped at the 7-Eleven at 8312 Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk and bought a couple of Scratchers. He later scratched the Blazing Hot 7s ticket and discovered he’d won the game’s top prize.

Lovely claimed the fourth and final top prize in Blazing Hot 7s, which means the game is now closed.  It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games after the final top prize has been claimed.

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills. He did, however, take his fiancée out for a nice dinner after discovering he’d won.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Lovely lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $21.1 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 04, 2018
Two big winning tickets in Midlothian and Newport News in last night’s drawings

Virginia Lottery logoMega Millions and Powerball jackpots both growing

The Virginia Lottery drawings on the evening of Wednesday, October 3, resulted in big winners:

• A Powerball ticket won $150,000. It was bought at Happy Shopper (Shell), 13101 Hull Street in Midlothian.

• A Bank a Million ticket won $1 million – after taxes. The ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 12801 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. In this game, the prize is calculated so that the winner receives $1 million after taxes have been withheld.

The Virginia Lottery is waiting for each winner to come forward with the winning ticket to claim the prize.

Meanwhile, the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have both grown to exciting levels: Mega Millions to an estimated $405 million for Friday’s drawing and Powerball to an estimated $253 million for Saturday’s drawing.

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

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 04, 2018
‘I checked the number and I almost passed out!’ - Bedford County woman wins $100,000

Crystal VenableCrystal Venable was sitting at home watching TV when she decided to look up the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. That’s when the Forest woman discovered she’d won $100,000.

“I checked the numbers, and I almost passed out!” she later said. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!”

She matched all five numbers in the Sept. 23 night drawing with a ticket she bought at Family Fair located at 1125 Confederate Blvd. in Appomattox.

The winning numbers were 9-10-26-28-32. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

Venable said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except that there may be a new car in her future.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Venable lives in Bedford County, which received more than $4.1 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 04, 2018
Martinsburg, W. Va., woman spins the big wheel to win $125,000 in Win a Spin

Sharon SettleSharon Settle knew she’d won some sort of prize when she sat in her car and scratched her Win a Spin ticket from the Virginia Lottery. She thought maybe she’d won a T-shirt or some other sort of merchandise.

She didn’t realize she’d won the game’s top prize: a chance to spin the wheel for a prize ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.

On Oct. 4, the Martinsburg, W. Va., woman traveled to the Virginia Lottery’s headquarters building in Richmond and spun the wheel to win $125,000.

“I didn’t want to believe it!” she said shortly after her spin. “I’m excited and nervous too.”

Settle, who said she likes to play lottery games in both Virginia and West Virginia, was the first player to spin the big wheel in Win a Spin. That means seven as-yet unclaimed tickets can be redeemed for a shot at the big wheel.

She bought her winning ticket at State Line Dollar Saver located at 4740 Martinsburg Pike in Clear Brook. The chances of winning a spin on the big wheel in this game are 1 in 918,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 3.89.

Settle, who works in Winchester, said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and take care of her family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Settle bought her winning ticket in Frederick County, which received more than $5.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 27, 2018
Rockingham County man wins $1 million prize playing “20X the Money”

David J. Cruz TrujilloDavid Cruz Trujillo knew he had a winning ticket when he walked into the Virginia Lottery’s Harrisonburg customer service center. He thought he’d won somewhere around $600 and he was happy about it.

What the Broadway man didn’t yet realize is that his ticket was actually worth a million dollars!

The 20X the Money ticket he’d bought at 1st Choice Deli, 1011 North Main Street in Harrisonburg was a top prize winner.

“I was in shock!” he said.

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

Mr. Trujillo, who works as a hair stylist, says he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to take care of his family.

He is the second person to claim the top prize in 20X the Money (game #1893), which means two more top prize tickets remain unclaimed in this game. The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 3.51.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Trujillo bought his winning ticket in Rockingham County, which received more than $7.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 27, 2018
Henry County man wins $100,000

Jim StanleyJim Stanley didn’t realize he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game until the clerk at the convenience store scanned his ticket.

“The bell went off and I said, ‘Oh Lord, something happened!’” he recalled as he claimed his prize.

The Bassett man matched all five numbers in the September 2 night drawing with a ticket he bought at Junior’s Convenience Store, 2980 West Main Street in Danville.

He selected the numbers on his ticket, 6-13-22-25-33, using family birthdays.

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

“It makes you feel good,” he said as he collected his prize from the Virginia Lottery.

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. Stanley lives in Henry County, which received nearly $7.8 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.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 26, 2018
“I almost fainted!” -- Highland Springs man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5 game

Clifton CarterWhen Clifton Carter saw the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game and realized he’d won the $100,000 top prize, he couldn’t believe it.

“I almost fainted,” he said.

The Highland Springs man matched all five winning numbers in the July 3 night drawing to win the game’s top prize.

The winning numbers were 1-14-15-28-31. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He bought his winning ticket at Fairfield BP Amoco, 5051 Nine Mile Road in Henrico.

Mr. Carter, who owns a small business, said the winnings will help with his daughter’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.  Mr. Carter lives in Henrico County, which received nearly $20.4 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2018
He stopped mowing the lawn long enough to win $10 million prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Martin bought his winning ticket in Nottoway County, which received more than $2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 11, 2018
Grottoes woman wins $1m prize in "$30 Million Cash Out" game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Robinson lives in Rockingham County, which received more than $7.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 11, 2018
Alexandria man calmly wins $250,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Centeno lives in Alexandria, which received more than $3.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 06, 2018
Norfolk man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Curwen lives in Norfolk, which received more than $29.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

The launch of Made in Virginia coincides with the Lottery’s 30th birthday this month. The first Lottery ticket was sold on September 20, 1988, and since 1999, a combined $9 billion in Virginia Lottery profits have benefited K-12 public schools.

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

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

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

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

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

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Johnson lives in Loudoun County, which received more than $12.8 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 06, 2018
Roanoke woman wins $777,777 in “Blazing Hot 7s” game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Chun lives in Roanoke City, which received more than $16.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 05, 2018
Charlottesville man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Arhin lives in Charlottesville, which received nearly $2.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Kenny lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 28, 2018
Construction worker scratches to win $1 million prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Gomez Palma lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 27, 2018
“Oh yeah, that’s a winner right there!” -- Norfolk man wins $100,000

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Whitfield lives in Norfolk, which received more than $29.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Cameron lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 27, 2018
Maryland man wins $250,000 with ticket he bought in Fauquier County

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Fauquier County, which received more than $2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 27, 2018
Woodford man collects $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Harry Lewis“I thought I blacked out!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Lewis lives outside of Woodford in Spotsylvania County, which received nearly $9 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 22, 2018
Williamsburg woman wins $177,777 in Virginia Lottery’s “7” game

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  She bought the winning ticket in James City County, which received more than $2.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Boyer lives in Campbell County, which received more than $4.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 22, 2018
Retired Fairfax County schools employee wins $100,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Fairfax County received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 22, 2018
Centreville woman claims the top prize in Cash 5

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Ahmed lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 22, 2018
Newport News woman wins $100,000 in Cash 5

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Poucher lives in Newport News, which received nearly $26.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Irby lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 20, 2018
NC man wins a Ford Expedition® and $100,000 cash with ticket bought in Portsmouth

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

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

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

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

“It’s overwhelming!” he said.

Ford Expedition® Plus $100K is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the second person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning ticket is unclaimed. And that’s not all. Non-winning Ford Expedition® Plus $100K Scratchers can be entered in the Ford Expedition® 2nd Chance Lottery Promotion for a chance to win a top prize of – you guessed it – a Ford Expedition® and $100,000.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Stitz bought his winning ticket in Portsmouth, which received more than $14.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 10, 2018
Herndon man drives off in a new Ford Expedition® with $100,000 cash

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

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

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

Ford Expedition® Plus $100K is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the first person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000.

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Munguia bought his winning ticket in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 09, 2018
North Chesterfield man wins top prize in Cash 5 game

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Bedoya lives in Chesterfield County, which received more than $17.8 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 09, 2018
Chesapeake man collects $1,000,000 after taxes from Virginia Lottery

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the million-dollar prize with a $2 ticket. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Brightwell lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 03, 2018
Woodbridge man wins $300,000 in “Instant Jackpot” game

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Amaya lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 03, 2018
South Hill man matches all five numbers in Cash 5 to win $100,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Bobbitt lives in Mecklenburg County, which received more than $2.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 03, 2018
Warrenton man wins $1 million prize, waits two months to redeem winning ticket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Dove bought his winning ticket in Fauquier County, which received more than $2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 03, 2018
Virginia Beach woman uses Power Play to win $100,000 in Powerball

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Mayer lives in Virginia Beach, which received more than $28.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 31, 2018
“Wait, that can’t be right!” -- Virginia Beach man wins $1 million prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Cross bought his winning ticket in Virginia Beach, which received more than $28.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 31, 2018
Springfield man collects $100,000 in Cash 5 game

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Soriano lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 31, 2018
Mechanicsville woman wins $1 million prize in Extreme Millions Second-Chance Promotion

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

That ended up being a million-dollar decision.

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Stoneburner lives in Hanover County, which received more than $2.8 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 31, 2018
Bland County man wins $100,000 playing Powerball

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Harner lives in Bland County, which received more than $264,000 in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 31, 2018
She stopped for gas and ended up with a $250,000 Virginia Lottery ticket

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Ruiz lives in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 27, 2018
Arlington man wins $200,000 in Powerball -- He uses Power Play to quadruple his prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. De Koninck lives in Arlington, which received more than $4.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 26, 2018
A visit to Virginia results in $100,000 Cash 5 win

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Matthews bought the winning ticket in Chesapeake, which received more than $18.9 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 26, 2018
Lucky day: Vinton man wins $200,000 on Friday the 13th

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The Nunleys live in Roanoke County, which received more than $3.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here
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The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Jul 25, 2018
Jackpot run generates an estimated $11.6 million in profit for K-12 education in Virginia

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

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

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

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

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com.
 
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Newport News, which received nearly $26.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, visit www.valottery.com/playing_matters.aspx. 

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s overwhelming!” he said.

Ford Expedition® Plus $100K is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the second person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning tickets are unclaimed. And that’s not all. Non-winning Ford Expedition® Plus $100K Scratchers can be entered in the Ford Expedition® 2nd Chance Lottery Promotion for a chance to win a top prize of – you guessed it – a Ford Expedition® and $100,000.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Stitz bought his winning ticket in Portsmouth, which received more than $14.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 13, 2018
“I’m still in shock!” -- Fairfax man wins $5 million prize in “50X the Money” Scratcher game

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s nerve-wracking,” he said.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Mercado lives in Fairfax City, which received more than $288,000 in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 11, 2018
Governor Northam Announces Record Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits

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

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

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

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

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

Ford Expedition® Plus $100k is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the first person to scratch and win the vehicle plus $100,000, which means two more top prize-winning tickets are unclaimed.

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Munguia bought his winning ticket in Fairfax County, which received more than $32.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here
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The Lottery generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, llike us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube
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Jul 06, 2018
“I spaced out for a second, then I screamed!” -- Woodbridge man wins $225,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Smith lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jul 06, 2018
Hanover County woman wins $1 million prize in "100X the Money " game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,611,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.78.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Hennis lives in Hanover County, which received more than $2.8 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jul 06, 2018
Highland Springs man matches them all to win $100,000

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Chumba lives in Henrico County, which received nearly $20.4 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jul 06, 2018
His girlfriend told him to get groceries; he ended up with a $100,000 lottery ticket

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

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

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

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

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