2023 Thank a Teacher winners announced!

The eighth annual Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher campaign concluded in early June with presentations for the four winners in the campaign’s drawing. During these presentations, the Lottery surprised four teachers across the commonwealth.


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Joanne Stanley, an English and gifted education teacher at Swift Creek Middle School in Midlothian

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Julie Rathman, an English teacher at James Wood High School in Frederick County

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Blaire Flowers, a Kindergarten teacher at Garden City Elementary School in Roanoke

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Amy Hertzler, a German teacher at Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg


Each teacher won a Virginia vacation, a gift card and $2,500 in supplies for the teacher’s school. The prizes are provided by the Virginia Lottery and its partners: The Supply Room, IGT and NeoPollard Interactive.

Watch the video below to see some highlights from the surprise presentations. To enter for a chance to win, teachers submitted the unique code on the thank-you notes they received from the public during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May. The drawing was held on May 23, 2023. More information is available at thankateacherva.com.

Last updated: 6/16/2023