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Jun 20, 2013
Virginia Beach couple wins $500,000 with five tickets in a single Cash 5 drawing
Cash 5 winnerIt’s difficult to say what’s the most amazing aspect of Stanley and Simone Christian’s big Virginia Lottery win.

For one thing,the Virginia Beach couple had not one,but five winning tickets in a single Cash 5 drawing. All five tickets had the same winning numbers. The game’s top prize is $100,000,so their winnings totaled $500,000.

That would be unusual enough,but then there’s the fact that this is their third six-figure Virginia Lottery win. In September of 2006,they won $100,000 in Cash 5,and in October of 2011,they won $200,000 in a single drawing.

This latest win came in the June 19 Cash 5 day drawing. Ms. Christian selected the numbers 7-9-12-21-23 for all five tickets.

“I had a dream about my husband,” she told Lottery officials. “So I selected our birthdays and the month we got married.”

Three of the tickets were bought at Independence Shell,2044 South Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach. The other two tickets were bought at Wawa,1579 Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach.

Ms. Christian,who is working on her dissertation for a doctorate of business administration,said the couple plans to take care of family with the winnings.

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

When it comes to education,the Virginia Lottery is game.In fact,it’s the reason we play.We generate more than $1.3 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 $487.1 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2012. For more info,visit our website,like us on Facebook,follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly
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Sep 30, 2016
With $200,000 Cash 5 win, Fairfax couple can take long-delayed honeymoon

Timothy HautherEven though they never took a honeymoon, Timothy and Bonnie Hauther are a lucky couple. In June, Bonnie matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win $100,000.

On September 23, Timothy did the same thing – twice! The Fairfax man matched all five numbers with two tickets in that day’s drawing to win a total of $200,000.

He bought the winning plays at Safeway, 3043 Nutley Street in Fairfax. The winning numbers for the September 23 day drawing were 4-17-19-20-34.

Mr. Hauther said the couple did not take a honeymoon when they got married five years ago, so with this win, they intend to plan a trip somewhere.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 30, 2016
Arlington woman wins an “unbelievable” $250,000

Rita SwinsonRita Swinson’s sister told her to call if she ever won the lottery – but when that call actually came, the sister didn’t believe her!

It happened when Ms. Swinson bought a $15 Million Payout Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. As the Arlington woman scratched the ticket, she at first thought she’d won $50 and was excited about it. As she continued scratching, she saw $250 and was even more excited.

It’s a good thing she kept on scratching because she soon discovered she’d won $250,000.

“This win is unbelievable!” she said as she claimed her prize.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1131 South George Mason Drive in Arlington.

Upon discovering she’d won, Ms. Swinson signed the back of her ticket and locked it in a safe place. Then came the hard part: Trying to convince her sister she’d actually won.

$15 Million Payout is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Ms. Swinson’s ticket is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The odds of winning any prize in $15 Million Payout are 1 in 4.32.

The federal worker says she plans to “pay off bills and save, save, save!”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 30, 2016
Wytheville woman changes her mind about Virginia Lottery game after winning $1 million prize

Nancy Scott“I don’t even like this game. I don’t know why I picked it!”

That’s what Nancy Scott of Wytheville thought before she played the Virginia Lottery’s $2,500,000 Cash Winfall Scratcher game and won the $1 million prize.

What does she think now?

“I love this game!” she said.

Ms. Scott won with a ticket she bought at Fourth Street Market, 395 North 4th Street in Wytheville.

“I thought I’d won $100,000, and I started crying,” she said as she claimed her prize. “Then I saw $1 million and I really started crying!”

Ms. Scott had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. She chose the cash option. She’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The $2,500,000 Cash Winfall game features prizes ranging from $20 to $2.5 million. Ms. Scott is the second person to claim the $1 million second prize, which means two more remain unclaimed. In addition, two $2.5 million prizes are unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in $2,500,000 Cash Winfall are 1 in 2.65.

Ms. Scott said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. “I’ll take my time with that,” she said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 29, 2016
Chesterfield man scratches to win $250,000

Victor NegreteVictor Negrete is a lucky person. The Chesterfield man played the Virginia Lottery’s Queen of Hearts Scratcher game and won the $250,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6131 Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond.

Queen of Hearts (game #1582) features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Mr. Negrete is the second person to claim the top prize in this game, which means one $250,000 prize remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Queen of Hearts are 1 in 4.29.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 29, 2016
Mechanic revs up $150,000 Virginia Lottery win

Jose VelizJose Veliz was sitting at home with some friends and scratching a Virginia Lottery ticket when he saw something on the ticket he’d never seen before. Suspecting it was a big winner, the Triangle man put the ticket aside.

“I stopped scratching until my friends left,” he later said. “I couldn’t wait to be alone to finish scratching the ticket!”

Turns out, he was right. His Casino Thrills ticket had won the top prize of $150,000.

Mr. Veliz, who works as a mechanic, bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 13304 Occoquan Road in Woodbridge.

He’s the third and final player to claim the top prize in Casino Thrills (game #1623), which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in Casino Thrills were 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 4.28.

Mr. Veliz said he plans to use his winnings to save for retirement and buy a new car.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 29, 2016
“I just had a feeling for some reason.” - Chesapeake man wins $250,000

Howard WilsonHoward Wilson was on his way home from work when he decided to stop at a store that had sold a $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket a few days before.

“I just had a feeling for some reason,” the Chesapeake man said. “I listened to the voice and went to that store.

It’s a good thing he did! The Money Bag Doubler ticket he bought turned out to be a $250,000 winner.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1729 Military Highway South in Chesapeake.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Mr. Wilson’s ticket is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means five top prizes remain unclaimed.

“It feels great!” he said as he claimed his prize. He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Money Bag Doubler are 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 20, 2016
Lexington man makes it a good day by winning $100,000

Frank ZappaterriniFrank Zappaterrini was having a bad day. So the Lexington man decided to see if playing a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game might turn things around.

“I started scratching to make the day go better,” he later said.

That strategy sure paid off! He scratched a 10x the Money ticket and realized he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

When the software engineer showed the ticket to his wife, “She was in disbelief,” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 600 East Nelson Street in Lexington.

10x the Money (game #1635) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Mr. Zappaterrini is the fourth player to win the top prize in game #1635, which means three $100,000 tickets are unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in 10x the Money are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Zappaterrini said he intends to invest his winnings for retirement.

“It’s exciting and a little scary,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 20, 2016
“It’s mind-boggling,” says Orange County woman who wins $200,000

Christa Crain“I just couldn’t believe it! I still can’t!”

That was Christa Crain’s reaction as she redeemed her Jewel 7s ticket from the Virginia Lottery to the tune of $200,000. The Locust Grove woman had scratched to win the game’s top prize.

“It’s mind-boggling!” she said. “I never thought I’d win this much.”

Ms. Crain bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 36127 Goodwin Drive in Locust Grove.

Jewel 7’s (game #1550) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Tanzanite Violet, like the one Ms. Crain bought, Opal Sparkling, Garnet Red Tiger Eye Gold. 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.

She is the eighth person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means two $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 19, 2016
Mega Millions ticket bought in Chesapeake wins $1 million

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Somewhere there is a ticket from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million.  It was bought at the 7-Eleven at 1729 Military Highway South in Chesapeake.

The winning numbers for the September 16 drawing were 13-21-28-34-40 and the Mega Ball number was 15. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 16, 2016
Manassas man scratches to win $5 million prize in “50X the Money” game

Chris EdwardsWhen Chris Edwards discovered he’d won the $5 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s 50X the Money game, he didn’t jump up and down and shout. Instead, he went to where his wife was asleep, kissed her and quietly said, “I just won $5 million!”

“No, that can’t be right!” she said.

But it was true. The Manassas man won the game’s top prize with a ticket he bought at Giant Food, 8025 Sudley Road in Manassas.

He had a choice of taking the full $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,808,989 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

50X the Money (game #1612) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $5 million. This is the second top prize claimed in game #1612, which means one more has yet to be claimed. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,632,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.07.

Mr. Edwards waited two weeks before claiming his prize so that he could seek professional financial advice. He said he plans to invest and take care of his family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 16, 2016
“I was so excited, my stomach went upside-down.” -

Maria Victoria Sabillo“I called my mom and my sister. I didn’t sleep!”

That’s how Maria Victoria Sabillo of Fairfax said she reacted when she discovered she’d won $1 million playing Powerball.

“I was so excited, my stomach went upside-down,” she said as she claimed her prize from the Virginia Lottery.

She matched the first five numbers in the September 14 Powerball drawing. The only number she didn’t match was the Powerball number. Those winning numbers were 10-11-23-28-31, and the Powerball number was 14. Her ticket was one of just three nationwide to match the first five numbers and the only one in Virginia.

She bought the winning ticket at Giant Food, 13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 15, 2016
He went in the store for a cup of coffee and walked out with a $100,000 winning ticket

David CaudillWhen David Caudill stopped at Grayson Express in Independence for a cup of coffee, it ended up being one heck of a coffee break! While he was there, the Independence man played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, and his ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

He matched all five numbers in the September 7 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-7-8-28-32. When he later went online to check the numbers, he didn’t immediately realize he’d won.

“Then it hit me,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I had to take a few minutes!”

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.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 15, 2016
“It’s going to be a great day,” says Highland Springs man just before winning $150,000

Robert FryeWhen Bob Frye scratched a Lucky Loot Tripler ticket from the Virginia Lottery, a co-worker noticed that he had a winning ticket.

“Wow, you won $20,” the co-worker said.

“Yeah, it’s going to be a great day,” Mr. Frye replied.

He didn’t know how right he was.

The Highland Springs man used his winnings to buy a Cash Multiplier ticket. That ticket ended up winning the $150,000 top prize.

He bought his winning ticket at Wawa, 12564 Broad Street in Richmond. He was with several co-workers at the time, many of whom started jumping up and down with excitement when they saw the winning ticket.

“People in the parking lot came up asking what happened,” he said.

He’s the second top prize winner in Cash Multiplier, which means one $150,000 winning ticket remains unclaimed in the game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Cash Multiplier are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Frye, who runs the marketing department for a local home improvement company, said he plans to buy a new vehicle to replace his current one that has the “check engine” light illuminated.

“It turned out to be a great day,” he said as he claimed his prize.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 15, 2016
Accounting student can count $175,000 she won playing Virginia Lottery

Gela JolliffGela Jolliff likes working with numbers. The Williamsburg woman now has some big numbers to count. She scratched to win $175,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Lucky Loot Tripler game.

It happened when she cashed in a pair of winning tickets at Mercury Entertainment, 227 East Mercury Boulevard in Hampton. She used the $20 in winnings to buy some more tickets, including, as it turned out, that winning Lucky Loot Tripler ticket.

She scratched the ticket while sitting in her car in the parking lot, and quickly realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

Lucky Loot Tripler (game #1698) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $175,000. Ms. Jolliff is the first player to win the top prize in this game, which means two $175,000 tickets are unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Lucky Loot Tripler are 1 in 4.26.

Ms. Jolliff works in tax preparation and is currently taking classes in accounting. She said she intends to use her winnings to take care of her family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 15, 2016
Cold cash! Fairfax man puts $100,000 winning lottery ticket in his refrigerator for safekeeping

Graham HittWhen Graham Hitt of Fairfax realized he’d won the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, he put the winning ticket in a safe place: his refrigerator.

Mr. Hitt matched all five numbers in the September 11 day drawing with a ticket he bought at Shoppers Food, 9622 Main Street in Fairfax.

The winning numbers were 8-10-19-26-34. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The retiree didn’t believe his luck. When he called the Virginia Lottery’s winning numbers phone line, 804-662-LUCK, and heard that his numbers were drawn, he had to call back four more times just to make sure!

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.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 06, 2016
High five! Burke woman matches all five numbers to win $100,000

Jean JeffriesIf you want to know how Jean Jeffries picked the numbers that ended up winning her $100,000, you have to go back about 20 years.

When her son was little, she said he was playing and he kept repeating some numbers. So she wrote down the numbers and started playing them in the lottery. On August 31, those five numbers were drawn in the night Cash 5 drawing. She won the top prize of $100,000.

The Burke woman bought the winning ticket at Giant Foods, 8970 Burke Lake Road in Springfield.

The winning numbers were 2-10-13-33-34.

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.

Ms. Jeffries, who works in customer service, said she plans to use her winnings to pay off debt and for savings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 06, 2016
A belated birthday present: Hampton woman wins $150,000 playing Powerball

Pauline CookePauline Cooke had a nice birthday. She went shopping and spent time with her family. But it was the day after her birthday that was really memorable. That’s the day the Hampton woman realized she’d won $150,000 playing Powerball.

“I’m still in disbelief,” she said as she claimed her prize.

She matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the August 24 drawing. Normally that would win $50,000. But Ms. Cooke spent an extra dollar for Power Play when she bought her ticket. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 3X, her prize was tripled to $150,000.

She bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2610 Cunningham Drive in Hampton. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers.

Ms. Cooke, who is a registered nurse, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

The winning numbers in that drawing were 9-11-25-64-65 and the Powerball number was 16.

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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 02, 2016
“The best vacation I ever took!” - While visiting friends in Virginia, Florida woman wins $100,000

Brenda VolpeWhile Brenda Volpe of Jacksonville, Florida, was visiting friends in Virginia, one of them had some sound advice:

“Gas is cheap in Virginia. You need to buy gas here.”

So Ms. Volpe stopped at Kangaroo Express on Major Graham Road in Max Meadows, along Interstate 81. Not only did she buy some of that cheap gas, but she also played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

Her ticket ended up matching all five numbers to win $100,000

“It’s the best vacation I ever took!” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Volpe won the game’s top prize in the August 12 night drawing. The winning numbers were 3-16-23-30-31. She used Easy Pick and allowed 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 asked how she feels about Virginia now, the small business owner replied, “It’s really nice. I might come back more often!”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 02, 2016
Dinwiddie County man scratches to win $1 million prize

Justin Chrisman“I started shaking. I called my wife and said, ‘I just won a million dollars,’ and hung up on her.”

That’s how Justin Chrisman of Church Road reacted to winning the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier game. But he shouldn’t have been surprised.

I told the clerk, ‘Give me two winning Scratchers,’” he said. “And she gave me a winner!”

He bought the winning ticket at Church Road Market, 15305 Cox Road in Church Road while he was waiting to meet a family member.

Mr. Chrisman had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

$4 Million Mega Multiplier (Game #1472) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million.  The million-dollar prize won by Mr. Chrisman is actually the game’s second-prize.

The chances of winning the $4 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,713,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.85.

Mr. Chrisman, who works as a paving contractor, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Sep 02, 2016
A $100,000 bus ride!

Lorenzo MolinaThere’s not much to do when you’re sitting on a bus.

Lorenzo Molina was on his was to work when he pulled out a 10x the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery that he’d bought earlier. As he sat in his seat scratching the ticket, the Alexandria man realized he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I feel very happy,” he said as he later claimed his prize.

He bought the ticket at C-Store, 8178 Richmond Highway in Alexandria.

10x the Money (game #1635) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Mr. Molina is the third player to win the top prize in game #1635, which means four $100,000 tickets are unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in 10x the Money are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Molina said he recently bought a new home, so the win comes at a lucky time for him.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate 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 Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Aug 30, 2016
Greatest year yet for Virginia Lottery, generating more than $588 million for K-12 public education

Virginia Lottery logoInnovative new games, record-setting prize payouts, and an historic $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot all combined to produce more than $588 million in profits for the Virginia Lottery in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). That’s the greatest profit for one year in the Lottery’s 28-year history. According to Virginia’s constitution, every dollar of lottery profit goes to K-12 education in the Commonwealth.

The total of $588 million in profit means the Lottery generated an average of more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Roughly 8 percent of Virginia’s education budget comes from the Lottery. Programs supported by lottery funds include textbooks, early reading intervention, and preschool, to name a few.

Those profits result from total sales of nearly $2.007 billion for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. It’s the first time the Virginia Lottery has grown sales past the $2 billion mark in a single year. Sales grew nearly 9 percent from FY15.

“The Virginia Lottery may be all about games and fun, but Virginia voters have given us an important mission: to generate funds for K-12 education,” said Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “The Lottery’s extraordinary success is good news for everyone in Virginia, regardless of whether they choose to play or not.

Virginia Lottery players also won big in FY16, taking in more than $1.2 billion in prizes. That includes 28 tickets that each won at least $1 million during the year.

Lottery retailers earned nearly $113 million in commissions by partnering with the Virginia Lottery and selling tickets.

“We couldn’t do it without our retail partners,” said Ms. Otto. “Nearly 5,400 stores across the Commonwealth sell tickets. Many of those are independent stores that spend their commissions in the community. Of course, people who go to a store to play typically spend money on other products while they’re there.”

Without a doubt, the most memorable event of the year was the historic $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot on January 13. For weeks, Powerball was the talk of the nation as the jackpot grew to that record-shattering amount. On the day of the drawing, Powerball tickets in Virginia were selling at a rate of about 24,000 per minute at peak times. When the winning numbers were drawn that night, more than 700,000 Powerball tickets bought in Virginia won prizes, including two tickets that each won $1 million, four tickets that each won $100,000 and 20 tickets that each won $50,000. More importantly, the jackpot run resulted in profits of $34.7 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

The year’s biggest individual winner was Michael Donnelly of Woodbridge who won $7 million in the Cash4Life game. He actually ended up with that ticket by mistake! Mr. Donnelly worked in a store selling tickets during that amazing Powerball jackpot run. When a customer asked for a Powerball ticket, he accidently printed a Cash4Life ticket. The customer didn‘t want it, so Mr. Donnelly bought it himself. That ticket ended up winning the game’s top prize of $1,000 per day for life or a one-time cash option of $7 million before taxes. He took the cash option.

Innovative new games and promotions also played a part in the record-shattering year. The biggest new game – literally – was the Super Ticket Jewels game. The Scratcher ticket, designed in-house by Lottery employees, was notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket previously offered – and the four different games it contained. It became the fastest-selling $10 ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s history.

Scratcher tickets typically don’t generate the big headlines and excitement of a huge jackpot, but they make up more than half of our overall sales,” said Virginia Lottery Director of Sales Rob Wesley. “This year we set a new record with Scratcher sales of $1.1 billion.”

And what about all those non-winning tickets? Many of them actually won prizes too! The eXTRA Chances program allows players to enter non-winning ticket for chances to win instant-win cash prizes from $25 to $100 or a $500,000 grand prize. Danny Steele of Abingdon and Landon Davis of Richmond were the lucky winners of the two $500,000 top prizes.

“This isn’t your grandfather’s lottery,” said Virginia Lottery Board Chairman Robert Howard. “Consumer tastes change, the marketplace changes, and the Virginia Lottery changes too. Today’s consumer is sophisticated, and expectations are high.”

While the Virginia Lottery staff works to achieve higher numbers in most areas, there was one area in which the number was very low: The cost of running the Lottery. The administrative rate was kept to just 4.9 percent of sales. That’s far below the 10 percent the Lottery is allowed by state law to spend on operations.

“We place a major emphasis on running the Lottery in the most efficient manner possible,” said Ms. Otto. “The Lottery operates entirely on money generated by sales, not tax dollars. So in many ways it follows business practices. We’ve been called a ‘government agency in a business suit.’”

It’s not just the fun and exciting games that make the Virginia Lottery an important part of the Commonwealth’s education structure. For the ninth year, the Lottery partnered with the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies to honor eight outstanding K-12 educators with the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award. Each award consists of a $2,000 cash prize and $2,000 credit for classroom supplies.

In addition, the Lottery unveiled a new campaign, in partnership with the Virginia PTA and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, called “Thank a Teacher.” Thousands of K-12 public school teachers received thank-you notes for their work with young people. One of those teachers, Angie Dalton of Kersey Creek Elementary School in Mechanicsville, won the grand prize four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Lottery staffers have already begun working to build on the huge success of FY16 for the coming year. That means new games, added excitement, surprises, and just maybe, another spectacular jackpot run.

“We’re up to the challenge!” said Ms. Otto. “The Virginia Lottery has evolved greatly since September 20, 1988, the day we sold our first ticket. One thing that won’t change is the Lottery’s hard-earned reputation for fun, innovation and integrity. We can do no less for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”

For more information about the Virginia Lottery, visit www.valottery.com.  Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 17, 2016
Best friends play Bank a Million together, and take million-dollar top prize!

Jennifer Molina & Lucinda BrittJennifer Molina and Lucinda Britt have been best friends for about ten years. The Norfolk women like to play the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game together.

That partnership paid off when their ticket matched all six numbers in the August 13 drawing. The two split a prize of $1 million after taxes.

The ticket was actually bought by Ms. Britt’s brother for them (he also happens to be Ms. Molina’s fiancée). They selected a combination of family birthdays for numbers. The next day he checked the winning numbers.

“He started screaming, ‘We’ve got the numbers! We’ve got the numbers!’” Ms. Britt recalled. “I thought he was going to have a heart attack. I jumped off the bed and nearly did a cartwheel.”

On August 17, the two friends received their check from the Virginia Lottery. The winning numbers were 11-14-22-24-28-38.

The ticket was bought at Smoke Shack, 3038 Ballentine Boulevard in Norfolk. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. The top prize is calculated so that winners actually receive $1 million after federal and state tax-withholdings. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. 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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 16, 2016
The ultimate “birthday present” - Sandston man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Ronald JohnsonFriday, June 24 was an average day for Ronald Johnson, he thought, as he went to DMV to get a new license plate.  Upon seeing the numbers on the plate, Mr. Johnson’s wife urged him to play the lottery.  He did, but instead of playing the numbers on the plate, he decided to play his birthday, his wife’s birthday and the birthdates of his three children.  Little did he know that these numbers would produce a $100,000 Cash 5 win. 

“I couldn’t believe I had the winning ticket,” he said. 

Johnson was excited about the win because a few days prior, he saw a sign being posted for a big win in another store nearby.

Mr. Johnson bought his winning ticket at the Lucky Mart on E. Williamsburg Road in Sandston. 

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 278,256.  The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 66.

The recently retired UPS driver, said that he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Aug 16, 2016
Falls Church woman matches them all to win $100,000 playing Cash 5

Carmella RepaciCarmella Repaci doesn’t play the lottery very often. But once was all it took when the Falls Church woman matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s August 7 Cash 5 drawing.

“I never expected it,” she said. “I never thought it would happen to me.”

She said she discovered she’d won the $100,000 top prize when her boyfriend checked the winning numbers in the newspaper and told her the good news.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I thought he was joking.”

The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 7451 Patterson Road in Falls Church. She selected the numbers on her ticket, 9-12-19-26-27, using important birthdays.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 15, 2016
Norfolk student wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

Michelle HendricksonMichelle Hendrickson is a very lucky person. The Norfolk woman, who described herself as a full-time student, won the $100,000 top prize in the Winner Take All Scratcher game.

She bought her winning ticket at Farm Fresh, 1200 North Military Highway in Norfolk.

Ms. Hendrickson, who also works in an auto body shop, said she plans to use her winnings to pay bills and go on a vacation.

Winner Take All (Game #1538) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. This is the eighth top prize claimed in the game, which means two $100,000 prizes have yet to be claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 15, 2016
Golf course superintendent wins a lot of green playing $4 Million Mega Multiplier game

Kevin Dodson“I just happened to buy one.”

That’s how Kevin Dodson explains how he won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier game.

The Penhook man bought his winning ticket at Elba Butcher Shoppe in Gretna.

“I was kind of shocked,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I called my brother. He didn’t believe me at first.”

Mr. Dodson had a choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $2.15 million before taxes. He chose the case option.

$4 Million Mega Multiplier (Game #1472) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million, including a second prize of $1 million and third prize of $100,000. Mr. Dodson is the third player to claim the top prize in this game, which means one $4 million ticket remains unclaimed.

The chances of winning the $4 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,713,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.85.

The golf course superintendent says he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 12, 2016
Centreville woman strikes “Gold!”

Baljeet VirkDo you ever wonder why a lottery winner happened to buy that particular winning ticket? For Baljeet Virk of Centreville, the ticket caught her eye in the display.

“I said, ‘Let me buy a lottery ticket,’” she recalled. “My eyes went to the gold.”

“Gold” in this case means the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game called Gold. She bought the ticket as she was on the way to work. When she scratched it, she realized she’d won the $1 million top prize.

She bought the ticket at Giant Food, 13042 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $585,500 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Ms. Virk, who works in a hospital, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

This is the third and final top prize claimed in the Gold Scratcher game, which means the game has ended. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games once the final top prize has been claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in Gold were 1 in 1,632,000. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 3.37.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 12, 2016
Henrico man uses Power Play to win $100,000 playing Powerball

Hieu DamHieu Dam would have won $50,000 if he hadn’t spent an extra dollar for the Power Play. Using Power Play, the Henrico man doubled his prize in the July 30 Powerball drawing.

He matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Because the Power Play number in that drawing was 2x, his extra dollar increased the prize to $100,000.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6340 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville. The winning numbers were 11-17-21-23-32, and the Powerball number was 5. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Dam said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills and make a down payment on a house.

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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 12, 2016
Powerball winner says he just had to buy his ticket in Virginia… and now he’s “glad for a million reasons!”

Larry EplinerLawrence “Larry” Elpiner lives in Bethesda, but a storm – and certainly some good luck – led him to buy his Powerball ticket in Virginia.  

“I like to grab an Easy Pick ticket every now and then,” he said. “The jackpot was big that night, and I was working in Virginia as a storm was about to roll in. I figured if I didn’t buy my ticket right then, I probably wouldn’t want to get out of the car in a storm once I was closer to home.”

Mr. Elpiner decided to purchase a ticket from 7-11, 4223 North Fairfax Drive in Arlington.

“Though I was up late working that night, I didn’t watch the drawing,” he said. “I checked on the website later and it looked like the kind of matched, but I thought it was a joke. Then I realized that I had typed my own ticket numbers in and the match came up, so it must be real.”

It was about 1:30 a.m. when Elpiner woke his wife to check the ticket.

“My wife and I have had a long-running joke where she’s always told me to bring home a winning lottery ticket,” he said. “I can now say that I’ve checked something off of my to-do list!”.

By the way, Elpiner purchased that winning ticket with $10.00 he’d won from his mother in a recent bet!

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, July 27 drawing were 10-47-50-65-68, and the Powerball number was 24. The jackpot was an estimated $422 million, which no one won. Elpiner’s ticket was just one of four nationwide to win the $1 million prize, and the only in Virginia.

Elpiner says he and his wife intend to be very wise with their win.  

“We’ll share with family and friends, but we will also save and make it grow,” he says. The IT contractor says he wants to invest to have some for retirement, and to make sure that his daughter comes out of college debt-free.

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. The cut-off time to buy a ticket is 10:00 p.m. on the night of the drawing.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 12, 2016
A milk run results in $100,000 win for Alexandria man

Joseph BrownJoseph Brown went to the store to pick up some milk. He walked out with a $100,000 winner Virginia Lottery ticket.

It happened when the Alexandria man went to Shoppers Food at 9540 Liberia Avenue in Manassas. Before he left, he decided to buy a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza ticket. When he scratched the ticket, he knew he’d won big.

“My eyes got a little bigger and I quietly walked out of the store,” he said. “I just got lucky.”

The prize he won is actually the third-highest in the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game. The top prize is $4 million and the second prize in $1 million. Mr. Brown is the second player to claim the $100,000 prize in this game, which means two $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, two $4 million and two $1 million prizes are unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,836,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.71.

Mr. Brown, who works for the power company as a lineman, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 29, 2016
Seeking shelter from a storm, Norfolk woman wins $150,000

Angela ParkerIt was a very bad rain storm. Angelia Parker didn’t want to drive in such bad weather, so she pulled over at the Citgo Mart on Ingleside Road in Norfolk. As she waited for the storm to subside, she played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash Club game. When the Norfolk woman scratched her ticket, she discovered she’d won the $150,000 top prize.

“I cried and I couldn’t sleep at all,” she said as she claimed her prize.

She is the first top prize winner in Cash Club, which means two $150,000 winning tickets are unclaimed in the game. The game features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Cash Club are 1 in 4.29.

Ms. Parker said her winnings will go to savings and to pay bills. She also said she might take a vacation with her mother.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 29, 2016
Pastry cook wins a sweet prize: $100,000

Sabrina Strickland“I feel like once I go to the bank, it might sink in.”

That’s how Sabrina Strickland described her feelings as she claimed the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Gloucester woman matched all five numbers in the July 24 Cash 5 day drawing. Her winning numbers were 6-9-17-26-29. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

“I showed the ticket to my husband and he said, ‘This one is a match,’” she said. “I said, ‘No it’s not.’”

She bought the winning ticket at Farm Fresh, 7254 Hayes Shopping Center in Hayes.

Ms. Strickland, who is a pastry cook, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 29, 2016
While going to help a friend, Norfolk man wins million-dollar prize

Chris WootenIf he hadn’t been on his way to help a friend whose car had broken down, Chris Wooten might not have won a million-dollar lottery prize.

It happened shortly after the Norfolk man got off work. He stopped at Farm Fresh on North Military Highway in Norfolk. While he was there, he played a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game and won $10. He used his winnings to play a different game, and this time he won $100. He decided to try one more ticket. This time he played 20X the Money and won $1 million.

“Then I walked straight out of the store,” he later said.

The prize was a choice between the full $1 million in annual payments over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the case option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Wooten is the third and final player to claim the top prize in 20X the Money (game #1557), which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in 20X the Money were 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 3.55.

Mr. Wooten said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 28, 2016
Just one number away from hitting the jackpot, Powerball ticket bought in Arlington wins $1 million

Powerball logoOf more than 47,000 winning tickets in Virginia for last night’s Powerball drawing, one ticket stands out.  That ticket is now worth $1 million.

It matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number. The ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 4223 North Fairfax Drive in Arlington.

The winning numbers for the July 27 Powerball drawing were 10-47-50-65-68, and the Powerball number was 24. Had this ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won an estimated $422 million jackpot.

The million-dollar ticket is the only one in Virginia to win Powerball’s second prize in last night’s drawing, and one of just four nationwide. The odds of matching the first five numbers are 1 in 11,688,054.

This is the ninth million-dollar winning Powerball ticket bought in Virginia so far in 2016. It comes just five days after a Mega Millions ticket bought in Prince William County won a $7.5 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Winners in Virginia have 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

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.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 27, 2016
Winning big is as easy as 1-2-3-4 for Woodbridge man

Boye AgostoJulio Agosto is a lucky person.

The Woodbridge man bought 25 tickets for the June 28 Pick 4  day drawing, all with the same number combination on them: 1-2-3-4. When those numbers were drawn, each of his tickets won the $5,000 top prize for a total of $125,000!

He bought his tickets at Dale City Shell, 2900 Dale Boulevard in Woodbridge.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of matching all four digits in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 27, 2016
Vienna woman has just the prescription to win $150,000

Selamawit BeyneSelamawit Beyne was waiting for her prescription to be filled. So with some time on her hands, the Vienna woman bought a Cash Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

“I don’t usually play,” she later said. “I thought, ‘Why not? Let’s try it.’”

So she scratched the ticket and thought she’d won $150. “Oh, that’s nice,” she thought.

But Ms. Beyne was wrong. She hadn’t won $150. She’d won $150,000.

“I didn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I still don’t believe it.”

She is the first top prize winner in Cash Multiplier, which means two $150,000 winning tickets are unclaimed in the game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Cash Multiplier are 1 in 4.29.

Ms. Beyne, who works as a pharmacy technician, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. She bought her winning ticket at Vienna Drug Center, 150 Maple Avenue West.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 27, 2016
He scratched his ticket too quickly, and didn’t realize he’d won $250,000

Nashid ElSometimes you just need to slow down.

Nashid El of Fairfax learned that lesson as he was driving home from Hampton where he’d been visiting family. He stopped at Farm Fresh on Towne Centre Way in Hampton to buy some water and snacks for the drive back to Northern Virginia. He also bought a Money Bag Doubler ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

“I scratched it real quick and I didn’t pay attention,” he said.

Later, after he arrived home, he showed the ticket to his wife, who looked at and told him he’d won.

“No I didn’t,” was his reply.

But she was right. He’d won the game’s $250,000 top prize.

“I can’t really explain. It feels good,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to that $250,000 top prize. Mr. El is the first person to claim a top prize in this game, which means six more remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Money Bag Doubler are 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 23, 2016
Mega Millions ticket purchased in Prince William County wins estimated $7.5 million

Mega Millions VirginiaSomeone who bought a Mega Millions in Gainesville hit the jackpot in Friday night’s drawing.

The ticket was one of two nationwide that matched all six numbers in the July 22 drawing. Those two tickets, which were bought in Virginia and Georgia, will split the estimated $15 million jackpot ($7.5 million each).

The Virginia ticket was bought at 7-Eleven, 7489 Limestone Drive in Gainesville.

The winning numbers were 8-24-25-26-30 and the Mega Ball number 7. 

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

This is Virginia’s ninth Mega Millions jackpot win.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 258.9 million

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2016
A trip to Virginia results in $200,000 win for New York woman

Hui LiuHui Liu will probably remember her recent trip to Virginia for a long time. The Flushing, New York, woman was visiting Richmond when she bought a  50X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the $200,000 top prize.

She bought the winning ticket at C & J Tobacco, 4384 South Laburnum Avenue in Richmond.

The prize she won is actually the second-highest prize in the 50x the Money game. The top prize is $5 million. Ms. Liu is the third person to win that $200,000 prize, which means five similar prizes have yet to be claimed. One $5 million prize has been awarded, which means two have yet to be claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,632,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.07.

Ms. Liu said she intends to save her winnings and maybe take a vacation.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2016
Cancer survivor wins $150,000 in the Virginia Lottery

Donna Boyd-WarrenWinning the lottery might be the high-point in some people’s lives, but not Donna Boyd-Warren. The Richmond woman won a much bigger victory a few years ago when she survived breast cancer.

“I’m lucky,” she said as she received her check from the Virginia Lottery.

Ms. Boyd-Warren won a combined $150,000 with six winning plays in the July 15 Cash 5  night drawing. Each play contained the same numbers: 6-13-15-33-34. She wagered 25-cents on each play, which means each win was for $25,000.

She bought her tickets at the 7-Eleven at 1419 East Ridge Road in Richmond.

Ms. Boyd-Warren is a U. S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War era. Her husband served in the Navy and her son currently serves in the Air Force.

She said she intends to pay bills and give to her church with her winnings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Jul 19, 2016
“Is this real? Is this really a winner?” -- Richmond woman wins $200,000

Angela ChukwudebeluYou might call it a case of “father knows best.”

Angela Chukwudebelu was scratching Virginia Lottery tickets with her dad. When she showed him one of the tickets, he looked at it and replied, “You don’t know what you have here.”

What the Richmond woman had was a $200,000 winner.

“I thought, ‘Is this real? Is this really a winner?’” she recalled. ”I was in shock. I’m still in shock.”

The ticket was a top-prize winner in the Jewel 7s Scratcher game. She bought the winning ticket at Chubby’s, 1407 Main Street in Blackstone.

Jewel 7’s (game #1550) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Tanzanite Violet, like the one Ms. Chukwudebelu bought, Opal Sparkling, Garnet Red or Tiger Eye Gold. 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.

She is the seventh person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means three $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Ms. Chukwudebelu, who works as a customer service representative, said she intends to pay off her student loans with her winnings and invest the rest.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2016
$100,000 Cash 5 win has Richmond man singing

Major Robinson, Jr.Major Robinson, Jr. loves to sing. The retiree is a member of a gospel singing group. And from time to time he plays the Virginia Lottery. So when the Richmond man matched all five numbers in the Cash 5 game, he was singing a happy tune.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Meadow Bridge BP, 607 East Laburnum Avenue in Richmond for the July 1 day drawing.

“Just a regular day,” he said. “I went in to buy some gas and bought a ticket.”

The five numbers that won him the $100,000 top prize were 12-20-22-24-34. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Robinson did not immediately check his numbers. “I really didn’t expect to win, so I didn’t rush,” he said.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 18, 2016
Powerball ticket bought in Leesburg wins $1 million

Powerball logoCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that is now worth $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at Gasmart #2, 14425 James Monroe Highway in Leesburg.

So the question now is: Who has that million-dollar ticket?

The winning numbers for the July 16 Powerball drawing were 11-17-40-50-62, and the Powerball number was 26. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery. This ticket was one of just four tickets nationwide to match the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing, and the only one in Virginia. No ticket matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, July 20, drawing has grown to an estimated $361 million.

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. The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 18, 2016
What a “payday!” -- Northern Neck man wins $4 million prize
Mike Murphy decided to have a candy bar, something he rarely does, the Callao man asked the store clerk, “What do you have?”

The clerk suggested a PAYDAY bar. As the clerk handed him his change, Mr. Murphy spotted a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza ticket from the Virginia Lottery, and he decided to buy it.

That ticket turned out to be a “payday” too! When he scratched the ticket, as he munched the candy bar, he discovered he’d won the game’s $4 million top prize.

On July 18, he received his check from the Virginia Lottery. He had a choice of taking the full $4 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,724,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

“I’d never had a PAYDAY, and it paid off!” he said.

He bought his winning ticket at Little Sue, 82 Northumberland Highway in Callao.

$100 Million Cash Extravaganza is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 to $4 million, including a $1 million second prize. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means two more remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,836,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.71.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 12, 2016
“You’re not going to believe this, we just won $1 million!” Frederick County woman wins big

Tina PuffenbergerTina Puffenberger was sitting in the passenger seat when she discovered she’d won a million dollars.

It happened as her husband drove and she sat scratching a Millions to the Max ticket from the Virginia Lottery. The Whitacre woman suddenly said, “You’re not going to believe this, we just won $1 million!”

She bought the winning ticket at Xpress Stop, 9181 North Frederick Pike in Cross Junction.

“We couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “We haven’t slept.”

That disbelief was shared by family members when she called them with the news.

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

Ms. Puffenberger, who works making retail displays at Lowe’s, said she intends to invest her winnings and also pay bills. She also said she’ll continue to play.

This is the sixth and final top prize claimed in the Millions to the Max Scratcher game. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games once the final top prize has been claimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 09, 2016
Mega Millions jackpot run generates more than $17 million for K-12 public education in Virginia

Mega Millions VirginiaAlthough the jackpot-winning ticket in the July 8 Mega Millions drawing was not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefitted from the excitement. During the 35 drawings of the jackpot run that began in March and ended Friday night, sales of Mega Millions tickets in Virginia generated approximately $17.5 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 330,000 Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes seven tickets that each won $5,000. Here’s where those $5,000 winning tickets were bought:

  • 7-Eleven, 2973 Chainbridge Road, Oakton
  • Fifth Street Exxon, 1154 5th Street, SW, Charlottesville
  • 7-Eleven, 3700 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton
  • 7-Eleven, 219 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg
  • Quick Stop Market, 626 East Main Street, Abingdon
  • 7-Eleven, 9101 Andrew Drive, Manassas Park
  • Giant Food, 7575 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville 

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 07, 2016
$540 million Mega Millions jackpot offers the biggest bang for a buck

Mega Millions is currently the hottest ticket in the Commonwealth, with an estimated jackpot of $540 million for the Friday, July 8 drawing.

The Virginia Lottery expects to sell 3.75 million Mega Millions tickets in the Commonwealth just on Friday, the day of the drawing. During peak times, tickets will be selling at a rate of about 7,500 per minute statewide.

There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday, July 5, drawing, but nearly 220,000 tickets won prizes in Virginia by matching some of the winning numbers. That includes three tickets that each won $5,000.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been hit eight times in Virginia over the years. Here’s a list, in order of the amount won:

 Mega Millions jackpots won in Virginia

Amount won: Drawing date: Ticket bought at:
$239 million Feb. 20, 2004

Red Apple in Stephens City  (largest prize ever awarded by the Virginia Lottery)

$200 million

Oct. 16, 2009

Valley’s, 601 4th Street in Shenandoah 

$107 million July 1, 2011 Giant, 1228 Elden Street in Herndon
$99 million May 17, 2013 Food Lion, 1592 South Main Street in Farmville
$82.5 million Aug. 31, 2007 Duck’s Corner Food & Gas in Buckingham
$75.6 million May 1, 2009 Joyful Convenience Market, 5409 Mudd Tavern Road in Woodford
$44 million May 29, 2007 E & C Enterprises, 4050 Spring Oak Drive in Henrico (Short Pump)
$19 million May 15, 2009 Martin’s Food Market, 409 South Street in Front Royal

The profit from every Mega Millions ticket bought in Virginia, like tickets from all other Virginia Lottery games, benefits K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $540 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $380 million before taxes. If multiple tickets match all six numbers, the jackpot will be divided among them equally.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 06, 2016
On the advice of a friend, she plays Cash 5 and wins $100,000

Julia TownsendJulia Townsend of Scottsville might want to thank her coworker for her recent $100,000 win in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

When she heard her friend talking about winning in Cash 5, Ms. Townsend decided to give the game a try. She had never played it before. She bought a ticket and matched all five numbers to win the game’s top prize.

She bought the winning ticket at Vintage Market, 3103 Scottsville Road in Charlottesville. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to pick her numbers at random for the June 24 night drawing. The winning numbers were 3-9-14-20-22.

“I couldn’t believe it. I really couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Townsend, who works in health care in Charlottesville, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 06, 2016
Abingdon man wins $500,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing

Danny SteeleHow is it possible to win $500,000 when your Virginia Lottery ticket is not a winner? Danny Steele knows the answer. The Abingdon man entered his non-winning Scratcher tickets in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion, and one of his entries won the $500,000 grand prize.

Mr. Steele was understandably skeptical when he was informed by the Virginia Lottery that he’d won the top prize.

“I never thought I’d win,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting after you get over the skepticism.”

His ticket was drawn from nearly 4 million entries in the July 1 drawing. He’s not the only winner. With eXTRA Chances, players have a chance to win each day with hundreds of instant-win cash prizes, ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes!

Mr. Steele, who drives a tractor-trailer for a living, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. He said he may buy a new vehicle or take a vacation.

The next grand prize drawing will be held on October 5, again with a $500,000 grand prize. Any non-winning ticket from a Virginia Lottery Scratcher containing the eXTRA Chances logo can be entered. The deadline to enter is September 30, 2016.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 06, 2016
A $200,000 winning ticket in her grocery bag - Clifton Forge woman wins big

Geraldine AllenAll Geraldine Allen wanted was some groceries. The Clifton Forge woman went to the Kroger on Main Street in Clifton Forge to shop. While she was there she bought a Jacks are Wild ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When she scratched the ticket in her car, something seemed different.

“I thought I had a winner, but I wasn’t sure,” she later recalled.

She didn’t realize it, but she’d just won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

Jacks are Wild features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.33. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means one more remains unclaimed.

Ms. Allen, who is retired said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When asked if she liked Jacks are Wild, she replied, “I love it now!”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 05, 2016
Three $50,000 winning tickets set to expire - Tickets from historic $1.5 billion Powerball drawing have gone unclaimed for months

Powerball logoIt was the most massive lottery drawing in history. The January 13 Powerball drawing had a staggering $1.58 billion jackpot. More than 700,000 tickets bought in Virginia won prizes in that drawing alone, including two tickets that each won $1 million, four tickets that each won $100,000 and 20 tickets that each won $50,000.

But now, nearly six months later, three of those $50,000 tickets have gone unclaimed and are set to expire at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 12. That is, unless whoever has those tickets comes forward to claim their prizes.

The three tickets were bought at:

  • 7-Eleven, 9402 Richmond Highway, Lorton
  • La Bodega Supermarket, 6170 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
  • Fas Mart, 409 Quillen Avenue, SE, Coeburn

The winning numbers in the January 13 Powerball drawing were 4-8-19-27-34, and the Powerball number was 10. Each of these tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000.

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing.

Unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes go to Virginia’s Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding.

Whoever has those tickets should contact the Virginia Lottery as soon as possible.

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.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Jun 30, 2016
Retired landscaper lands $1 million Powerball prize

Leonard JonesLeonard Jones sat down with a cup of coffee and the newspaper, his normal routine. But this was to be no routine morning for the Richmond man. As he read the paper, he discovered he’d won $1 million in the previous night’s Powerball drawing.

“I said, ‘Oh, me! Let me look again!’” he recalled. “Then I went and woke up my wife. I was shaking!”

Mr. Jones matched the first five numbers in the June 29 Powerball drawing. The only number he missed was the Powerball number.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3600 West Cary Street in Richmond. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 23-29-37-60-64, and the Powerball number was 6. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. If he had matched that final number, the Powerball number, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $222 million.

His ticket was one of just three nationwide to match the first five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing, and the only one in Virginia.

Mr. Jones, a retired landscaper, was self-employed for 27 years. “This will make my retirement easier,” he said.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054. Mr. Jones is the seventh Virginia Lottery player to win the $1 million prize so far in 2016.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jun 24, 2016
24 winning tickets in the same drawing! Ruther Glen man wins a total of $110,800 playing Pick 4

Robert DanielWhen Robert Daniel plays the lottery, he plays big. He also wins big. In March of 2010, he won $105,400 in a single Pick 4 drawing. Now the Ruther Glen man has done it again.

In the June 19 Pick 4 drawing, he had a total of 24 winning tickets, all with the same winning combination: 2-2-1-9. His total winnings came to $110,800.

“It’s a great gift,” he said as he redeemed his winning tickets. “A Father’s Day present.”

He bought all the winning tickets at Golden Deli & Mart, 16434 Washington Highway in Doswell.

Despite winning such a large prize – again – Mr. Daniel didn’t get very excited.

“My daughter called me. I was asleep,” he said. “Then I went back to sleep.”

Mr. Daniel wagered “exact order” when he bought 20 of the tickets. Each of those won the game’s top prize of $5,000. For the other four tickets, he wagered “50/50” to win $2,700 each.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of matching all four digits in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jun 24, 2016
Cash 5 win could mean Fairfax couple can finally take a honeymoon

Bonnie HautherBonnie Hauther and her husband may now be able to take a honeymoon. The Fairfax woman said that’s one of the possible results of her winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

Ms. Hauther matched all five numbers in the June 18 night drawing to win the game’s top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I was just numb!”

Those winning numbers were 11-22-25-29-30. She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 9617 Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax.

The program analyst said she selected numbers she’s played for some time.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Jun 24, 2016
“That can’t be true!” says South Boston woman as she wins $100,000

Terry BriggsTerry Briggs thought she’d won $10,000, and she was pretty excited about it. She was scratching a 10X the Money ticket that she’d just bought at Apple Market, 3225 Halifax Road in South Boston.

But then the South Boston woman realized she had not won $10,000. She’d actually won ten times that amount: $100,000

“I said, ‘That can’t be true!’” she recalled. “That’s when I started jumping around. I went crazy!”

10X the Money (Game #1635) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.29.

When asked if she has any plans for her winnings, she said, “Just put that money in the bank and act like I don’t have it.”

Ms. Briggs is the second player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1635, meaning five top prizes are yet to be claimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jun 17, 2016
First time playing the Virginia Lottery, Clarksville woman wins $100,000

Ashley BeesIt was the first time Ashley Bees had played the lottery. The Clarksville woman bought a Cash 5 ticket and selected numbers using family birthdays. That first ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

She matched all five numbers in the June 14 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-10-23-27-28.

She bought the winning ticket at Mac’s Circle K, 402 Virginia Avenue in Clarksville.

What did she do with that valuable ticket when she discovered how much she’d won? She said she hid it in a gun cabinet because it was the only secure device available with a lock!

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jun 17, 2016
Construction worker nails the top prize in Double Dollar Fortune game