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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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Nov 19, 2018
Richmond chef wins a tasty $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Darrin RobinsonWhen Darrin Robinson checked the Virginia Lottery’s mobile app and discovered he’d won $100,000, he couldn’t believe it.

It was about 2 a.m., and the Richmond man woke up his roommate with the news. Perhaps because he’d been asleep, his roommate was a bit less than impressed.

“Did you hear what I said?” Darrin said. “I won a lot of money!”

It was true. He matched all five winning numbers in the Nov. 12 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Wawa, located at 6001 Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield.

The winning numbers were 4-5-13-16-22. He said he always plays those numbers.

Mr. Robinson, who is a chef, said he intends to save his winnings.

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. Mr. Robinson lives in Richmond City, which received nearly $17.3 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, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

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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Nov 19, 2018
Hampton woman wins $100,000 on her way home from work

Mary Jo CaudleMary Jo Caudle was on her way home from work. She stopped by Happy Shopper on West Mercury Boulevard in Hampton and bought a couple of Winter Luck tickets from the Virginia Lottery.

Later, when she scratched the tickets, she discovered she’d won the $100,000 top prize.

“It was amazing!” she said. “It was great. I was crying.”

She had just become the first person to claim the $100,000 top prize for the Winter Luck Scratcher. Three more top prize-winning tickets remain unclaimed in this game. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.84.

Ms. Caudle 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.  Ms. Caudle lives in Hampton, which received nearly $15.5 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, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

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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Nov 19, 2018
Martinsville man matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Carl JoyceCarl Joyce would rather not share his exact reaction when he discovered he’d won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery.

“I can’t tell you what I said,” he said with a laugh while waiting at the Virginia Lottery’s Roanoke Customer Service Center to receive his check.

The Martinsville man won by matching all five numbers in Cash 5. He bought his ticket at Stop In, located at 1506 Greensboro Road in Martinsville.

He selected the numbers on his ticket, 1-4-5-10-12, using a combination of family birthday months.

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

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 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. Mr. Joyce lives in Martinsville, which received nearly $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, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

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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Nov 19, 2018
Verona man wins $150,000 playing "Cash Money" game

James RankinJames Rankin has more time on his hands since he retired. The Verona man enjoys playing the lottery a few times a week.

That enjoyment turned into a thrilling experience when he scratched a Cash Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery and discovered he’d won the game’s $150,000 top prize.

It happened when he stopped by Royal #8, located at 2395 Lee Highway in Mt. Sidney. He said he initially didn’t think he was seeing it right, so he asked the clerk to look at the ticket. The clerk got very excited and confirmed Rankin had won big.

Cash Money is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. Mr. Rankin is the first person to claim the top prize in this game, which means three more $150,000 tickets are unclaimed.

The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.01.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Rankin lives in Augusta County, which received nearly $5.7 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, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

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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Nov 19, 2018
Lexington man wins $1 million prize in Extreme Millions 2nd Chance Promotion

James MooreJames Moore could have thrown away his Extreme Millions ticket when he realized it was a non-winner. Instead, the Lexington man entered it in the Virginia Lottery’s Extreme Millions 2nd Chance Promotion.

Good thing he did, because his entry ended up winning the $1 million top prize. His ticket was drawn out of more than 188,000 entries in the Nov. 6 drawing.

Mr. Moore 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.

There will be one more $1 million prize drawn in the Extreme Millions 2nd Chance Promotion. That drawing will be held on April 2, 2019. Players can enter a non-winning Extreme Millions ticket to be eligible for a chance to win.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Moore lives in Rockbridge County, which received more than $1.06 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, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

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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Nov 14, 2018
Power Play increases Powerball prize to $100,000 for Alexandria woman

Jennifer TylerShe was just one number away from hitting the jackpot

Jennifer Tyler tends to play Powerball only when the jackpot is unusually large. That was the case on Oct. 20 when jackpot fever for both Mega Millions and Powerball gripped the nation.

The Alexandria woman had $20 from a winning Scratcher ticket, which she used to play for that evening’s drawing.

Her ticket ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000. However, Ms. Tyler spent an extra buck for the Power Play when she bought her ticket. The Power Play number for that drawing was 2x, so her prize was doubled to $100,000.

She bought her winning ticket at Harris Teeter located at 4641 Duke St. in Alexandria.

The winning numbers were 16-54-57-62-69, and the Powerball number was 23. She used Easy Pick, which allows the computer to randomly select the numbers on the player’s ticket.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. on 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. Tyler 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 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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Nov 14, 2018
Fairfax County man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Rene BalderasHe matches all five numbers to win the top prize

When Rene Balderas won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, the word spread quickly.

“When my family heard I won, everyone wanted to play the lottery right away!” he said as he claimed his prize.

The Burke man matched all five numbers in the Oct. 16 day drawing to win the game’s top prize. He bought his ticket at Safeway located at1525 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington.

Those winning numbers were 12-24-26-32-33. He used Easy Pick, which allows the computer to randomly select the numbers on the player’s ticket.

Mr. Balderas, who works as a waiter, said he intends to pay bills and upgrade his car with his winnings.

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. Mr. Balderas lives in Fairfax County, which received nearly $31.2 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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Nov 14, 2018
‘Baby, I think we just won a large amount of money!’ -- North Chesterfield woman wins $150,000 in Powerball drawing

Ruth Christiansen JonesIt was just a normal day for Ruth Christiansen-Jones when she and her husband decided to check the winning Powerball numbers on the Virginia Lottery’s mobile app. That’s when their day became anything but normal.

“Baby, I think we just won a large amount of money!” her husband said.

He was right. The ticket won $150,000 in the Oct. 27 drawing. The North Chesterfield woman bought her winning ticket at Quick Stop located at 8130 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield.

The winning numbers were 8-12-13-19-27, and the Powerball number was 4. Her ticket matched four of the first five winning numbers plus the Powerball number. By spending an extra $1 for Power Play when she bought the ticket, Ms. Christiansen-Jones tripled her prize to $150,000 because of the 3x Power Play number.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. on 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. Christiansen-Jones lives in Chesterfield 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 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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Nov 06, 2018
Winchester woman wins $250,000 playing Bank a Million

Magdielle Lawson KoudahinMagdielle Lawson Koudahin likes to play various lottery games with her father. However, it was the ticket she bought by herself that ended up winning $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game.

The Winchester woman matched all six numbers in the May 30 drawing. Since she split her $2 wager four ways when she bought the ticket, she had four sets of numbers. Using that “Play Your Way” feature, she won $250,000 on one of her sets of numbers.

She bought the winning ticket at Martins Food Store, located at 200 Rivendell Court in Winchester.

The winning numbers were 3-7-21-31-33-35. The Bonus Ball number was 36, but she didn’t need it to win the top prize. She selected the numbers on her ticket at random.

Ms. Lawson-Koudahin is studying international law in France. She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

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

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the $1 million 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.  Ms. Lawson-Koudahin lives 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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Nov 06, 2018
Abingdon woman wins $100,000 ‘silently’

Serenity Mullins-OrrShe scratches to win top prize in Super Bonus Crossword game

It was about 2 a.m., and Serenity Mullins-Orr had an interesting problem. The Abingdon woman had just discovered she’d won $100,000, but she didn’t want to wake up her family.

“I had to silently jump up and down and scream,” she said.

It all started earlier in the day when she bought a Super Bonus Crossword Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery at Roadrunner Market, which is located at18224 Lee Highway in Abingdon.  Since she didn’t have time to scratch it before going to work, she put it away to scratch later. That’s how she ended up with a winning ticket in her hand at 2 a.m.

She said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and buy a new vehicle.

Super Bonus Crossword (game #1889) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Ms. Mullins-Orr is the first player to win the top prize in this game, which means three $100,000 tickets are unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400, and the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Mullins-Orr lives in Washington County, which received nearly $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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Nov 06, 2018
Henrico man matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5

Lincoln Johnson“I found out last night, and I didn’t sleep too well.”

That’s how Lincoln Johnson of Henrico reacted to winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five winning numbers in the Oct. 25 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Race Track Market Place, located at 3815 Meadowbridge Road in Henrico.

The winning numbers were 2-10-11-18-27. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Johnson, who is retired, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

“It feels pretty good,” he said as he claimed his prize.

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. Mr. Johnson lives in Henrico, 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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Nov 05, 2018
Norfolk woman wins $150,000 in third WIN A SPIN LIVE SPIN

Gale GardinerGale Gardiner was grocery shopping in Norfolk when she decided to try her luck on the Virginia Lottery WIN A SPIN Scratcher. She won $30 on the Scratcher and decided to use her winnings to buy 5 more tickets.

“I like everything about this game, so I was drawn to buy it,” Gardiner said when asked why she chose to try out WIN A SPIN.

Later, in her car, the Norfolk native scratched the tickets with the fourth yielding the top prize, a LIVE SPIN on the Big Wheel and the chance to win anywhere between $100,000 and $500,000. Gale said she didn’t think it was real, so she called the Lottery.

It was real indeed. Gale was informed that she had won the third top prize for this game, so she headed to the Virginia Lottery Headquarters in downtown Richmond for her chance to win up to $500,000. The construction forewoman of 19 years took home $125,000.

Ms. Gardiner said she is ecstatic and feels very blessed to have won. She plans to use the money to treat her mother and invest the remainder.

The winning ticket was purchased at Harris Teeter, located at 1320 Colonial Ave. in Norfolk.
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Gardiner lives in Norfolk City, which received nearly $28.8 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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Nov 05, 2018
‘I almost did a backflip!’ -- Roanoke man wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game

James BandyJames Bandy III  was checking the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game when he realized he’d matched all five numbers to win $100,000.

“I almost did a backflip!” the Roanoke man later said.

He won the game’s top prize with a ticket he bought at the 7-Eleven at 1410 Grandin Road SW in Roanoke for the Oct. 22 night drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 1-9-18-31-32.

Mr. Bandy, who works in real estate, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

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. Mr. Bandy lives in Roanoke, which received nearly $14.9 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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Nov 05, 2018
Bus driver cruises to $100,000 Cash 5 win

Tone RolandWhen Tony Roland bought a Cash 5 ticket, he used his “heart numbers.” Those are his daughters’ and his wife’s birthdays. Those numbers ended up matching the winning numbers in the Oct. 13 night drawing to win the game’s $100,000 top prize.

The Clifton Forge man bought his winning ticket at Gateway Newsstand, which is located at 1691 Crystal Square in Arlington. Those winning numbers were 1-3-11-20-22.

The bus driver said he hopes to use his winnings to help buy a house sometime in the future.

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. Mr. Roland bought his winning ticket in Arlington, 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.

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Nov 05, 2018
Dumfries woman wins $1 million top prize while sitting in car wash

Nicole MasonThere’s not much to do when you’re sitting in your car in the car wash. As her car was being scrubbed, Nicole Mason of Dumfries scratched a $1,000,000 SERIES ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

Suddenly, she realized she’d won the game’s $1 million top prize.

“I started crying,” she said. “I didn’t even let the car wash dry the car. I just drove off!”

She bought the winning ticket at Wellington Shell, located at 10155 Hastings Drive in Manassas.

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

This is the fourth and final top prize claimed in the $1,000,000 SERIES game, which means the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the final top prize is claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,162,800, and the odds of winning any prize were 1 in 3.11.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Mason 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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Nov 01, 2018
Henrico man stops for gas and wins $1 million in Mega Millions drawing

Charles PayneCharles Payne was engrossed in his fantasy football team when his girlfriend told him: “I think you won a pile of money.” She wasn’t talking about football though. She was referring to the October 19 Mega Millions drawing, which had a jackpot estimated at $1 billion.

It turns out she was right. The Henrico man’s ticket matched the first five winning numbers, and missed only the Mega Ball number, to win $1 million.

He bought his winning ticket at Gum Spring BP, located just off Interstate 64 at the U.S. Highway 522 Gum Springs exit, when he stopped there for gas. On November 1, he returned to the store to receive his big check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

His ticket was one of two in Virginia to win the $1 million prize in the October 19 drawing. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Payne said he often travels on that stretch of highway. He said he often plays Mega Millions when the jackpot gets large.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 12,607,306.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The winning ticket was bought in Louisa County, which received more than $2.1 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds 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 30, 2018
Alexandria man wins $555,555 with the first lottery ticket he ever bought

Anthony ScintaCall it beginner’s luck.

Anthony Scinta had never bought a lottery ticket in Virginia or anywhere else. That ended when he bought a Power 5s ticket from the Virginia Lottery at the 7-Eleven at 6401 Landsdowne Center in Alexandria.

That ticket won the game’s top prize of $555,555.

“I’m glad I took the chance,” the Alexandria man joked as he claimed his prize. “Maybe I’ll try it one more time.”

Power 5s is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $555,555. Since he’s the third person to claim the top prize, there still are two more unclaimed in this game.

Mr. Scinta, who is retired, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,468,500. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.36.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Scinta lives in Fairfax County, which received nearly $31.2 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 30, 2018
Midlothian woman wins $150,000 in LIVE SPIN won from WIN A SPIN

Josefina Almonte“Give me the winner,” Josefina Almonte joked with the cashier when he asked which Virginia Lottery Scratcher she wanted. Little did he know that the WIN A SPIN Scratcher she bought won her the top prize for that game: a LIVE SPIN and a chance to win up to $500,000.

The Midlothian woman said it was a just a regular day when she stopped for gas. Josefina said she was in the mood for a snack, so she went inside and asked for some chicken and any $4 or $5 Scratcher ticket.

“I didn’t ask for any specific one,” Josefina said, “I just told them to give me the winner.”

And that is exactly what she got. Josefina won the top prize of the WIN A SPIN game: a LIVE SPIN on the Big Wheel to win anywhere between $100,000 and $500,000. 

When Josefina arrived at the Virginia Lottery headquarters in downtown Richmond, she was nervous but eager for the spin. Josefina won $150,000, which she said will be put to good use. When asked if she had any plans for the money, the single mom answered that she will pay bills and send her daughter to college.

The ticket was purchased at the Lovely Market in Chesterfield at 11461 Robious Road.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Almonte lives in Chesterfield County, which received nearly $20.5 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 30, 2018
Group of 11 long-time friends splits $1 million Mega Millions prize

The Awesome ElevenGiang Kim Nguyen of Arlington buys Mega Millions tickets once a week for a group of friends. Some of them have known each other since high school, which was nearly 40 years ago. On October 23, they won the lottery together.

The “Awesome Eleven” split a $1 million prize in that night’s $1.54 billion Mega Millions drawing.

The ticket he bought at Giant Food, located at 4309 Dale Blvd. in Dale City, matched the first five winning numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number.

Shortly after the drawing, De Hieu Vo of Woodbridge sent a group text saying: “We won!” along with a photo of the ticket.

“They all thought I was kidding,” he said.

The ticket was one of two in Virginia to win the $1 million prize in the historic drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 12,607,306.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought 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 26, 2018
King William County woman wins $1 million in historic Mega Millions drawing

Kelley BrooksKelley Brooks received a text from her husband telling her not to forget to get a ticket for that night’s drawing.

So, the Aylett woman went to Chill Stop at 5033 Richmond Tappahannock Highway in Aylett. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket for the October 23 drawing.

The next morning, she received a call from her husband, Larry, who said simply: “You won!”

“No, I didn’t!” was her reply. But she was wrong. Her ticket matched the first five numbers and missed the Mega Ball number. She won $1 million.

“I was shaking,” she later said. “I couldn’t believe it!”

On October 26, Kelley and Larry returned to the store to receive their big check from the Virginia Lottery. Chill Stop received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The couple said they have no immediate plans for their winnings.

“I still feel the same way,” she said. “I’m still going to be the same person.”

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 12,607,306.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The winning ticket was bought in King William County, which received more than $1.1 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 24, 2018
Couple plays Mega Millions while at Smith Mountain Lake – and wins $1 million!

Jo & Jerry MerasJerry and Jo Mears of Eden, North Carolina, like to relax at their place at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. On a recent trip, Jerry decided to buy some Mega Millions tickets, which at the time had a jackpot totaling $1 billion.

“I just felt lucky,” the retiree said.

So he stopped at Whistle Stop, located at 11729 Old Franklin Turnpike in Union Hall and bought $30 worth of tickets. Turns out, he came very close to hitting the jackpot. One of his tickets matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

Although he discovered his million-dollar win at 3:00 in the morning, he waited until 6:30 to wake up Jo.

“I said, ‘How does it feel to be a millionaire?’” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “She thought I was crazy.”

On October 24, Jo officially redeemed the winning ticket on behalf of the couple and collected the $1 million prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Jo, who is a dental hygienist, said the winnings will help take care of their three daughters.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 12,607,306.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The winning ticket bought in Franklin 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 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 24, 2018
Mega Millions jackpot run generates $27.5 million for K-12 public education in Virginia - Two tickets each win $1 million

Mega Millions VirginiaAlthough the jackpot-winning ticket in the historic October 23 Mega Millions drawing was not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefitted from the excitement. During the 26 drawings of the jackpot run that began in July and ended with Tuesday night’s drawing, sales of Mega Millions tickets in Virginia generated approximately $27.5 million in profit. By law, all of that profit goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.
 
In last night's drawing alone, more than 451,000 Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes two tickets that each won $1 million, one ticket that won $30,000, and 13 tickets that each won $10,000. Here’s where all of those winning tickets were bought:

$1 million winners:
* Chill Stop, 5033 Richmond Tappahannock Highway, Aylett
* Giant Food, 4309 Dale Blvd., Dale City

$30,000 Megaplier winner
* 7-Eleven, 11854 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston

$10,000 winners
* 7-Eleven, 42040 Village Center Plaza, Aldie
* Super Giant, 5581 Merchants View Square, Haymarket
* Food City Express, 11604 Norton Coeburn Road, Coeburn
* Euro Market Mobil, 6318 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
* Fas Mart, 7559 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville
* Styles Bi-Rite, 11300 Hull Street Road, Midlothian
* Rite Aid, 1808 Salem Road, Virginia Beach
* Speedway, 11702 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News
* 7-Eleven, 13050 Nokesville Road, Nokesville
* 7-Eleven, 426 South 2nd Street, Arlington
* 7-Eleven, 1350 North Main Street, Blacksburg
* La Palmita Deli & Market, 8406 West Main Street, Marshall
* Virginia Lottery online subscription

That $30,000 ticket would have won $10,000, except that whoever bought it spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier, which tripled the prize.

When it comes to finding out if you’ve won a prize, the easiest and quickest way is with the Official Virginia Lottery Mobile App. You can check the winning numbers, scan your ticket to find out if you’ve won, find the nearest lottery retailer and much more.

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 22, 2018
‘Babe, I just won $100,000!’ -- Louisa County man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Scott HansonIt might have looked unusual if you’d seen Scott Hanson dancing with his wife in the Costco parking lot. However, the Mineral couple had a good reason. He’d just discovered he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I looked at the numbers, and I said, ‘Babe, I just won $100,000!’” he told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Gu