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Feb 06, 2014
After a change of heart, Alexandria woman wins $1 million playing Powerball

Megan McCormick didn’t used to care much about playing the lottery, until about a year ago. Then the Alexandria woman started playing, and it paid off in a big way! She matched the first five numbers in the February 1 Powerball drawing to win $1 million.

“I had this strange feeling all weekend,” she said. “Each number I picked was special – a birthday, an anniversary and my age. Then I checked the winning numbers and I thought, ‘This is crazy.’”

She bought the winning ticket at Giant Food, 3450 Washington Blvd. in Arlington. On February 6 she returned to the store to receive her prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Click here to see video of the presentation.

The winning numbers were 5-12-15-27-38 and Powerball number was 7. The only number she missed was the Powerball number. If she had matched all six numbers, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $194 million. Her ticket was the only one in Virginia to win Powerball’s second prize in that drawing, and one of just seven nationwide.

Ms. McCormick said she intends to use her winnings to pay off her mortgage and build a college fund for her son.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 12 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 10 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

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

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

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 o