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Apr 18, 2014
Cycling competition in Richmond will impact traffic near Richmond Prize Zone

At the Virginia Lottery, we’re always searching for ways to improve the customer experience. On Friday, May 2, we’re doing that by telling our players NOT to come see us. Well, not at our Headquarters location in downtown Richmond, anyway. Instead, we’re encouraging players to visit us at our Prize Zone West location to avoid traffic caused by the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, which will cycle right through downtown Richmond.

Prize Zone West is located at 1620 East Parham Road. This site offers the same benefits to players as the Lottery’s other six customer service centers located across Virginia. Players who want to redeem winning tickets, including those for prizes greater than $600, can stop in and claim their prize. This location also offers plenty of free parking.

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

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Oct 20, 2017
Hopewell woman tries new game, wins $1 million top prize

Wanda DossWanda Doss plays the lottery regularly. She often picks up her favorite game on her way to work. This time, her favorite game was sold out, so she decided to play the one next to it at the counter of the Golden Express, 100 South 15th Avenue in Hopewell.

Luck would have it, she’d win $1 million on that ticket. Ms. Doss, a plumber and HVAC technician from Hopewell, won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 SERIES game.

“When I scratched it, I about passed out,” she said.

She immediately shared the news with her mother by using a code she came up with when they win big. Her mother, who still lives in her native Kentucky, came up with the code “225” after the Kentucky Lottery’s Cash Ball 225 draw game.

“I couldn’t even talk my voice was so high. I was still shaking,” she said.

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

Ms. Doss said she doesn’t have plans for the winnings yet, but she will put it in the bank and take her time deciding.

This is the first top prize claimed in the $1,000,000 SERIES game, which means three top prizes remain. Prizes range from $10 to $1 million. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800 and the odds of winning any prize 1 in 3.11.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Doss bought her winning ticket in Hopewell, which received more than $4.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 19, 2017
Manassas Park man is “In the Money” with $225,000 win

Ravuth ChhimRavuth Chhim of Manassas Park went to the store on his lunch break to buy Mega Millions tickets for him and his co-workers. He said they play in a Mega Millions pool.

While he was at the In & Out Mart at 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas, he said he bought a In the Money Scratcher ticket for himself. That ticket ended up winning the game’s $225,000 top prize.

“I scratched it, and there it was,” he said. “I was in shock!”

In the Money is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $225,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

He’s the second person to claim the game’s top prize, which means one more remains unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Chhim bought his winning ticket in Manassas, which received more than $8.9 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 19, 2017
Lightning strikes twice for Annandale restauranteur

Hussein Haj-AssaadWhen Hussein Haj-Assaad won the $250,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Money Mania game, it was a case of déjà vu. Just five months earlier, the Annandale man won $200,000 playing a different Virginia Lottery game.

The first time he won, Mr. Haj-Assaad said he’d invest his winnings in the Falls Church restaurant he owns. Now, he says he might just open a second restaurant.

He bought the winning ticket at E&C VA, 2919 Gallows Road in Falls Church, which is also where he bought the previous winning ticket.

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

He’s the first person to claim the game’s top prize, which means nine more remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Haj-Assaad bought his winning ticket in Falls Church, which received more than $169,000 in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 19, 2017
His co-workers told him he was dreaming when he said he’d win a Corvette® - then it happened!

Since he was 16 years old, Al AdamsAl Adams said he’s driven “a bunch of rust-bucket cars.”

No more.

The Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, man bought a Corvette® and Ca$h ticket from the Virginia Lottery when he stopped at the Sheetz at 1503 North Frederick Pike in Winchester. When he scratched it, he discovered he’d won the top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash.

“I thought, ‘This can’t be real!’” he recalled. “So I put my glasses on and checked again.”

Mr. Adams often finds himself in Virginia for his work in telecommunications. He said he stops at that Sheetz so often for his morning coffee that it’s become almost routine.

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the third person to scratch and win the game’s top prize. Although there are no more instant-win top prizes remaining, there is still one more top prize available in the second-chance promotion, The Ultimate Corvette® Experience. Players can enter their non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers to win that top prize. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

Mr. Adams beat odds of 1 in 1,387,200 by scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

“I told my co-workers I was going to win the car, and they said I was dreaming,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Adams bought his winning ticket in Winchester, which received more than $3.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 19, 2017
His co-workers told him he was dreaming when he said he’d win a Corvette® - then he did!

Al AdamsSince he was 16 years old, Al Adams said he’s driven “a bunch of rust-bucket cars.”

No more.

The Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, man bought a Corvette® and Ca$h ticket from the Virginia Lottery when he stopped at the Sheetz at 1503 North Frederick Pike in Winchester. When he scratched it, he discovered he’d won the top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash.

“I thought, ‘This can’t be real!’” he recalled. “So I put my glasses on and checked again.”

Mr. Adams often finds himself in Virginia for his work in telecommunications. He said he stops at that Sheetz so often for his morning coffee that it’s become almost routine.

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the third person to scratch and win the game’s top prize. Although there are no more instant-win top prizes remaining, there is still one more top prize available in the second-chance promotion, The Ultimate Corvette® Experience. Players can enter their non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers to win that top prize. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

Mr. Adams beat odds of 1 in 1,387,200 by scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

“I told my co-workers I was going to win the car, and they said I was dreaming,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Adams bought his winning ticket in Winchester, which received more than $3.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 18, 2017
Hopewell man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Gregoria LizamaGregorio Lizama is a lucky person. The Hopewell man matched all five winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the $100,000 top prize.

It happened with a ticket he bought at AM Express Gulf, 3934 Oaklawn Boulevard in Hopewell, for the September 12 Cash 5 night drawing.

The winning numbers were 15-17-24-25-29. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Lizama, who is a U. S. Army veteran, said the winnings will help with retirement.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Lizama bought his winning ticket in Hopewell, which received more than $4.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Oct 11, 2017
Executive Director Paula Otto inducted into Lottery Industry Hall of Fame

Paula Otto, Virginia LotteryPaula Otto, who for nearly 10 years has led the Virginia Lottery, is one of the newest inductees in the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. Ms. Otto was honored as one of five 2017 industry stars inducted on September 15, during the annual conference of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

“Paula Otto and her colleagues join an elite group whose service to the industry has had a powerful and lasting impact,” said Paul Jason, CEO of the Public Gaming Research Institute, which sponsors the Hall of Fame.  “Their dedication and leadership is so appreciated by all of us, and that is why they were voted into the Hall of Fame by the 74 current members of the Hall of Fame.”  

Under Otto’s tenure, the Virginia Lottery has grown to the point where it’s now regularly generating more than a half-billion dollars annually for education in Virginia. Under Virginia’s constitution, all Virginia Lottery profits must go to K-12 education in the Commonwealth.

According to her Hall of Fame citation, "Paula Otto has been one of the industry's leaders since she originally joined the Virginia Lottery. Her vision as the 'Chief Gamer' of the Virginia Lottery is clear. She has brought a business-like discipline to the Lottery, recognizing its importance in the life of Virginians…providing funds for education as well as providing fun, responsible entertainment. She is a disciplined innovator, willing to explore new ways and approaches, but always within the legislative and Responsible Gaming frameworks that govern the Virginia Lottery. Under her direction, the Lottery has grown steadily and continues to be one of the industry's leading lotteries, both in terms of funds generated for its beneficiary, and in terms of ensuring that it maintains its relevance to a new generation of players."

Otto was first appointed Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery in February 2008, and has served in that position under three Virginia governors. She first joined the Lottery in 1987, before the first ticket was sold, serving as the Lottery’s first Director of Public Information. She left the Lottery from 1997 to 2008 to teach communications at Virginia Commonwealth University.

​The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded in 2005 as a means of honoring those who have done the most to promote excellence and integrity in the industry.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 10, 2017
Virginia Lottery winning couple to be featured on “My Lottery Dream Home”

Andy & Valery ShreeveAn Alexandria couple who won the million-dollar top prize in a Virginia Lottery game will be featured on the HGTV show My Lottery Dream Home.

Andy and Valerie Shreeve will be showcased on an episode airing October 13 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on cable network HGTV.

My Lottery Dream Home features host David Bromstad taking recent lottery winners from across the nation on house hunts for their new home.

The couple claimed the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Golden Spades Scratcher game in October 2016. Andy bought the winning ticket at Kingstowne Sunoco, 5800 Kingstowne Center Drive in Alexandria. Rather than take the full prize over 30 years, the couple opted for the cash option of $561,798 before taxes.

At the time of their win, the couple was celebrating an even bigger prize: The birth of their daughter.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2017
Portsmouth man calmly wins $250,000

Linwood JonesWhen Linwood Jones scratched to win $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Money Bag Doubler game, he says he was calm and collected.

“I had to double-check,” the Portsmouth man said. “I put the ticket down for a second and said, ‘Something’s wrong.’”

He bought the winning ticket at Maryview Shell, 3500 High Street in Portsmouth.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the sixth top prize claimed in this game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

When asked if he has any plans for his winnings, Mr. Jones said simply, “It will be put to good use.”

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2017
While waiting for a tow truck, Alexandria man wins $100,000

Serkan SarikayaSerkan Sarikaya found a way to brighten the experience. As the Alexandria man sat in his vehicle waiting for the repair truck to arrive, he checked the winning Powerball numbers and discovered he’d won $100,000.

“It’s so exciting!” he said as he claimed his prize.

He matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the October 4 drawing. Normally that would win $50,000. But he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought the ticket. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 2X, his prize was doubled to $100,000.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6901 Victoria Drive in Alexandria. He said he selected numbers that he likes, but have no special significance. The winning numbers in that drawing were 22-23-62-63-66 and the Powerball number was 24.

Mr. Sarikaya, who works for a home remodeling subcontractor, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2017
Lynchburg woman leaps to $150,000 top prize in “Frogger” game

Kim CarwileKimberly Carwile was waiting for her ride when she scratched the Frogger ticket from the Virginia Lottery she’d just bought. At first she thought maybe she’d won $100. But then the Lynchburg woman realized she’d actually won a lot more: $150,000.

“I said, ‘It can’t be real!’” she recalled as she later claimed her prize.

It happened at Greenview Stop, 1209 Greenview Drive in Lynchburg.

“It’s unreal,” she said. “This doesn’t happen to me!”

Ms. Carwile said she plans to take care of her family with her winnings and maybe buy a new car.

Frogger is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 454,629. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.3. There are currently two $150,000 prizes unclaimed in this game.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 09, 2017
Colonial Heights man wins $1 million prize while on his way to work

Marty McArthurWhat would you do if you scratched a lottery ticket while on your way to work and discovered you’d won the $1 million prize? For Marty McArthur of Colonial Heights, there was no question: He continued on to work.

“I couldn’t leave them hanging,” he said when he finally did claim his prize.

Mr. McArthur, who is a plumber, won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Million $$ Match game. It happened when he stopped at Kangaroo Express, 891 Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights, as he does every morning, for a cup of coffee.  He scratched the ticket while sitting in his truck a few moments later. That’s when he realized he’d won BIG.

“I was kind of stunned for a minute,” he said. “I called my wife. She thought I’d been in a wreck or something.”

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

Mr. McArthur said he intends to use his winnings to pay off the mortgage and maybe buy his wife a new car.

The prize he won is the fourth and final million-dollar winner in the Million $$ Match game. The game is now closed because it’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the last top prize is claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,101,600 and the odds of winning any prize 1 in 3.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 06, 2017
Petersburg woman matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5

Teresa PotterIt’s quite possible that Teresa Potter’s new favorite numbers are 7-16-19-26-30. Those are the numbers that won the Petersburg woman $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

She matched all five numbers in the September 29 Cash 5 night drawing with a ticket she bought at Salem Market, 11420 South Crater Road in Petersburg.

She said her husband checked the winning numbers on the morning after the drawing, and then called her over to see. Both of their reaction was, “This isn’t right!”

Ms. Potter, who recently retired, said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills, buy a car and possibly travel.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 06, 2017
“I wasn’t thinking something like this could happen!” - Henrico man wins $200,000

Lester Diaz-LopezIt was a beautiful autumn weekend and Lester Diaz-Lopez was getting ready to grill out with friends. The Henrico man stopped at a grocery store near their home to pick up some meat. While there, he also bought a Pirate’s Loot ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

That turned out to be a $200,000 decision. His ticket won the game’s top prize.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the Food Lion on Main Street in Altavista.

“I wasn’t thinking something like this could happen!” he said.

Mr. Diaz-Lopez, who works for a building contractor, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Pirate’s Loot is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. He is the third player to claim the top prize in this game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Pirate’s Loot 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 06, 2017
While going home after Friday football game, Chesterfield County man scores $300,000 lottery win

Anthony MingoAnthony Mingo was returning home from a Friday night football game when he stopped and picked up a $16,000,000 Cash Payout ticket from the Virginia Lottery. He bought the ticket at Sheetz, 2053 Huguenot Road in Richmond, and took it home with him.

The next day after work, he called his wife Elizabeth to tell her he was on his way home. Her response surprised him.

“Hurry up and come home!” she said. “You need to get here!”

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

“I think we won $300,000!” was her reply.

She was right. The ticket he’d bought the previous night was the second of the game’s four top prizes to be claimed, which means two $300,000 tickets remain unclaimed in this game. The chances of winning the top prize in $16,000,000 Cash Payout are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 4.32. As the name suggests, the game features more than $16 million in total prizes.

“When I got home, her hand was shaking,” Mr. Mingo recalled.

The Chesterfield County man said he intends to pay bills, take care of his family, and possibly buy his wife 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Oct 05, 2017
Smithfield man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Desi BowdenDesi Bowden had played his regular games and stuck them in the car door just as he always had. After a couple of days, he said he started wondering if he had any winners – maybe $2 or $3.

He had to keep checking the rules and the winning numbers in the recent Virginia Lottery Cash 5 drawing once he realized he had a winner.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I kept checking on the (Virginia Lottery) website, then the ticket and the rules. It’s like it just jumped off the screen.”

Mr. Bowden won $100,000 by matching all five winning numbers for the October 2 night drawing: 7-18-20-28-33. He bought his winning ticket at 7-Eleven, located at 603 West Main Street in Smithfield.

After learning of his win, the father of four and grandfather of five told his mother, who lives with him.

“She said, ‘You always be good to everybody else, so you deserve something nice, too,’” he said.

Mr. Bowden, who works at a meat packing facility in Smithfield, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except for savings.

“I’m a simple man,” 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 29, 2017
Augusta County man is “In the Money” with $225,000 win

David StrawdermanDavid Strawderman was having a lucky day. The Lyndhurst man was playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher games and winning. He used his winnings to keep playing.

That’s when he told the store clerk, “Pick my one.” So the clerk selected an In the Money ticket for him to buy. When Mr. Strawderman scratched it, he thought he might have won the $225,000 top prize, but he wasn’t sure. He took the ticket home and checked the Virginia Lottery’s website.

“I went all numb,” he recalled. “I was completely shocked.”

Indeed, he’d won the $225,000 prize. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2001 Rosser Avenue in Waynesboro.

In the Money is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $225,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

He is the first person to claim the game’s top prize, which means two more remain unclaimed.

Mr. Strawderman 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 29, 2017
“It was a good night.” - Two friends split $1 million Mega Millions prize

Roger Wingo and David BrudnickDavid Budnick of Henrico and Roger Wingo of Amelia began playing Mega Millions together.

“I told him when we started playing that we’ll win $1 million,” Budnick said.

He was absolutely right. The ticket he bought for the September 26 Mega Millions drawing matched the first five winning numbers to win the game’s million-dollar second prize.

Budnick, an exercise therapist, bought the ticket at Hari Sai Exxon, located at 10400 Ridgefield Parkway in Henrico. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket.

When he discovered the ticket matched all the winning numbers except the Mega Ball number, he phoned Wingo, a mail carrier, in the middle of the night.

“I thought he’d rolled over on his phone,” Wingo said. So Budnick sent him a photo of the ticket as proof.

“It was a good night,” Budnick summed up.

Those winning numbers were 1-10-57-66-75, and Mega Ball number was 4. Their ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing and one of just two nationwide.

The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 27, 2017
Mega Millions ticket bought in Henrico wins $1 million

Mega Millions logoSomewhere there is a ticket from Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. It may be in a glove compartment somewhere or it could be in someone’s wallet. Wherever it is, that ticket is now worth $1 million.

It was bought at Hari Sai Exxon, 10400 Ridgefield Parkway in Henrico.

The winning numbers for the September 26 drawing were 1-10-57-66-75 and the Mega Ball number was 4. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in the September 26 drawing, and one of just two nationwide. No ticket in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the $15 million jackpot, so the jackpot grows to an estimated $20 million for Friday night’s drawing.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 21, 2017
Virginia Beach man wins $10 million prize in Virginia Lottery game

Ernie PetitWhen Ernie Petit of Virginia Beach discovered he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s 100x the Money Scratcher game, it wasn’t exactly a secret.

“I went crazy in the store,” he laughed. “The clerk in the store took my picture.”

It happened at Market Place, 13377 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The computer analyst said he stopped there while on his way to pick up some dinner.

On September 21, he returned to the store to receive his check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. He had a choice of taking the full $10 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $5,617,977 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

The store receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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

100x the Money features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize. The $10 million prize is the largest ever offered by a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. This is the second top prize claimed in the game, which means one more $10 million ticket remains unclaimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
They mailed in a ticket they thought won $400 – turns out it was worth $200,000

Cathy (Robin) and Kenny BeeversIf you had a Powerball ticket worth $200,000, would you just drop it in the mail to a Lottery office several states away?

Kenny and Cathy Robin Beevers probably wouldn’t have done so had they realized their ticket was worth a lot more than the $400 they thought.

Here’s what happened: Four tickets bought in Virginia won $200,000 in the huge August 23 Powerball drawing. Within days of the drawing, three of those winners had claimed their prizes, but the fourth ticket remained unclaimed. Then, three weeks after the drawing, that $200,000 ticket unceremoniously showed up in the mailroom at the Virginia Lottery’s Richmond headquarters.

Lottery employees, suspecting that the person who sent it might not be aware of the ticket’s true value, called Ms. Beevers with the stunning news. The Beevers drove to Virginia to personally accept their $200,000 prize, rather than entrust it to the mail.

Kenny, a truck driver from Boyle, Mississippi, bought the ticket at Frank’s Trucking Center, 4741 West Military Highway in Chesapeake, Virginia, while driving his regular route. The ticket ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which would normally win $50,000. However, he spent an extra $1 for Power Play. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, his prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Kenny hoped to give what he thought was a $400 Powerball ticket to his daughter as a wedding present, but his wife had already mailed it. Now the couple plans to use the winnings to pay bills and make repairs on one of his trucks.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
Mega Millions is changing 10/28: Faster-rising jackpots, new odds, a new way to wager

Mega Millions VirginiaOne of the most popular games in America is changing. Mega Millions is being updated with larger starting jackpots, new overall odds, larger secondary prizes, a new price, and an innovative “Just the Jackpot” wager.

Virginia Lottery players, along with players across the nation, will see the updated game beginning October 28.

Here’s a quick summary of the changes:

  • Price point: The price of a ticket increases to $2, the same as Powerball. This will create larger jackpots that are expected to grow at a faster rate. This is the first time the price has changed since Mega Millions began in 2002.
  • Starting jackpot: The minimum jackpot increases from $15 million to $40 million.
  • “Just the Jackpot” wager: Some players don’t care about “smaller” prizes – they’re playing for that jackpot! This unique new way to play will give players a chance to play for the jackpot only, at a cost of $3 for two plays.
  • Odds: The odds of hitting the jackpot get longer, to 1 in 302 million. However, the odds of winning the $1 million second prize actually get shorter, to 1 in 12.6 million. The overall odds of winning any prize change to 1 in 24.
  • Numbers: Players will still use the tried-and-true formula of matching five balls plus the Mega Ball number. The first five numbers will be from 1 through 70 (a change from 1 through 75). The Mega Ball number will from 1 through 25 (a change from 1 through 15).

Virginia Lottery players are pretty lucky playing Mega Millions. A total of nine jackpots have been won in Virginia, for a combined $873 million. In addition, two players have each won $5 million, another two won $3 million apiece, and 25 have won $1 million.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
Buena Vista woman wins $100,000 while stopped for gas

Cindy HarrisonCindy Harrison wasn’t expecting much when she stopped for gas at Hilltop BP in her hometown of Buena Vista. When she spotted the Virginia Lottery tickets on display in the store, she decided to take a chance.

“Oh, give me a ticket,” she said.

When she took the Win It All Doubler ticket home and  scratched it, she discovered she’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

Win It All Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. She is the third person to claim the top prize in this game, which means two $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.00

Ms. Harrison said she is an occasional lottery player. Her luck appears to be holding. As she was claiming her $100,000 prize at the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center in Roanoke, she bought another Scratcher ticket and won $15.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
Max Meadows woman in “disbelief” of $250,000 winning ticket

Laquana SayersLequana Sayers held onto her winning Virginia Lottery ticket for weeks before cashing in the top prize from her Virginia’s $250,000 Double Play ticket.

She said she was in “disbelief” when she had realized she’d won $250,000.

“I just got lucky I guess. I finally got lucky,” she said.

Her husband was also in disbelief when she told him the news, becoming the fourth player to win the top prize in Virginia’s $250,000 Double Play (game #1765).

“He didn’t much believe me,” she said.

Ms. Sayers bought the ticket at Quick Mart #6, 964 Max Meadows Road in Max Meadows.

Only one top prize remains unclaimed in this game. The game features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000.

Ms. Sayers, who works as a cashier, said she plans on putting her winnings mostly in savings.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in $250,000 Double Play are 1 in 4.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
“They’re my lucky numbers!” – NC man wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery

Todd & Nina Rhodes“I’ve won the lottery twice. The first was when I met my beautiful wife.”

For Todd Rhodes of Roxboro, North Carolina, the second time was when he matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Route 58 Raceway, 2203 South Boston Road in Danville, for the September 9 night drawing.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 8-12-17-19-24. He selected his numbers using a combination of family birthdays. “They’re my lucky numbers!” he said.

As he and his wife Nina claimed their $100,000 prize at the Virginia Lottery’s Roanoke Valley Customer Service Center in Roanoke, she said, “You know you’re living right when this happens.”

The couple said they plan to pay bills and live debt-free with their winnings. He works as a regional director and she is a nurse.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 14, 2017
“I thought I’d give this eXTRA Chances thing a try.” - Fairfax woman wins $100,000

Susan HerringSusan Herring’s ticket wasn’t a winner. However, instead of throwing it away, the Fairfax woman entered it in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion.

“I thought I’d give this eXTRA Chances thing a try,” she later said.

That turned out to be a $100,000 decision. Her ticket was drawn from more than 685,000 entries in the August 31 drawing to win the top prize.

In the eXTRA Chances Promotion, players can enter non-winning Virginia Lottery tickets containing the eXTRA Chances logo for a chance to win prizes, even if the ticket didn’t win when the player scratched it.

When informed by the Virginia Lottery that she’d won the top prize, she thought it was a prank call.

“I didn’t really think it was real,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s happening!”

Ms. Herring isn’t the only winner. Players have a chance to win each day with up to 50 daily 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.

The next grand prize drawing will be held October 3 with a $100,000 grand prize. The deadline to enter is September 30.

Ms. Herring said her grandchildren will have a great holiday season because of this win.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
Ashland man on a winning streak wins $500,000

Gregory DeanGregory Dean was having a good day. The Ashland man had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100 to redeem. So he took $10 from his winnings to buy a ticket from the Super Ticket Big Money game. That ticket ended up winning $500,000.

“I was at the right place at the right time,” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at Brook Road Exxon, 8627 Brook Road in Glen Allen. After he scratched it, he said he showed it to the store manager to confirm it was a winner.

“He jumped up and down, and so I jumped up and down with him!” he said.

Super Ticket Big Money is notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket currently offered by the Virginia Lottery – and the four different games it contains. It offers prizes ranging from $10 to $500,000. That’s not all: Non-winning tickets can be entered into the eXTRA Chances Promotion for a chance to win a $100 cash card instantly and another chance at $100,000 in the monthly drawing.

Mr. Dean, who works in sales, said he intends to pay bills and take care of his family with his winnings.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,101,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.32. Mr. Dean is the third player to claim the top prize, which means one top prize ticket remains unclaimed in the game. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
Augusta County woman goes grocery shopping and ends up with $500,000 winning lottery ticket

Jan PitsenbargerJanette Pitsenbarger’s grocery list always includes a certain item. At the end of her weekly shopping trip, the Churchville woman buys a lottery ticket.

“I just play for the fun of it,” she said.

But that routine took an unexpected turn when she scratched a $3,000,000 Jackpot ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the game’s $500,000 prize.

“I couldn’t believe it!” she said as she claimed her prize. “I showed the ticket to my husband, and he said, ‘Oh, this is a joke.’”

It was no joke. She bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 24411 West Beverly in Staunton.

The $3,000,000 Jackpot game features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. The $500,000 prize that Ms. Pitsenbarger won is actually the second prize. She’s the fourth player to claim that $500,000 prize, which means two more $500,000 tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, two of the $3 million top prize tickets have been redeemed, which means two more have yet to be claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 2.72.

Ms. Pitsenbarger, who is retired, 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
Eastern Shore man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

John LangeIt was the middle of the night, and John Lange couldn’t sleep. So the Craddockville man decided to get up and check the winning numbers in the recent Virginia Lottery Cash 5 drawing. What he saw took his breath away.

“The numbers were right there, looking back at me,” he said.

His ticket matched all five winning numbers for the August 7 night drawing: 2-9-15-28-30.

“I woke up my wife and said, ‘I think we just won $100,000,” he said. “We never did get back to sleep that night!”

He bought his winning ticket at Tru Blu Exmore, located at 4015 Main Street in Exmore. He selected the numbers on his ticket using favorite numbers that he’s been playing for years.

Mr. Lange, who is retired, said he intends to use his winnings for some home improvement and put the rest in the bank.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
IGT to Offer the Virginia Lottery New Mobile Products and Digital Services

LONDON, U.K. – Sept. 12, 2017 – International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter “IGT”), has agreed to a contract amendment with the Virginia Lottery for the provision of new mobile products and digital services. IGT’s Player Direct Core solution will include a mobile application, PlaySpot™ solution, player loyalty, mobile draw-based iKeno, mobile based eInstants, and customer service support.

This new digital platform includes a player-friendly mobile app which allows Virginia Lottery players to play exciting new digital games at Lottery-licensed retail locations. The Virginia Lottery intends to scale the solution within current retail trade styles, as well as expand into new and non-traditional retail environments where lottery products are not currently available. The Lottery retail and sales team will partner with IGT to identify growth and innovative expansion opportunities.

The Virginia Lottery’s business strategy continues to focus on digital efforts both directly to the consumer on valottery.com and with our valuable retail partners,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “We recently worked with IGT to roll out all new equipment at our 5,300 retailers. Adding these new mobile and digital capabilities will help us to continue to drive sales and profits for K-12 public education while promoting responsible play.”

IGT is pleased to participate in the Virginia Lottery’s growth since 2000, and assist them in expanding retail growth opportunities with this new innovative product to bring digital games to retail,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North America Lottery.

Players will be able to register, create a mobile wallet, earn rewards, and receive push notifications. The Lottery will expand its impressive registered player base through PlaySpot and its full range of digital games to be sold while Bluetooth is connected to the Lottery retail network.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

About the Virginia Lottery

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The agency generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017.

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Sep 08, 2017
Dumfries woman drives off in new Corvette® with $100,000 cash

Sylvia Mobley's CorvetteIt’s no secret why Sylvia Mobley played the Virginia Lottery’s Corvette® and Ca$h Scratcher game. She loves the car!

“I see a Corvette drive by, and I wave,” the Dumfries woman said. “I wish that was mine.”

Soon, people will be waving at her for that very reason! Ms. Mobley won the top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash. She bought the winning ticket at Shoppers, 4174 Fortuna Center Plaza in Dumfries.

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. She is the second person to scratch and win the car and $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning ticket is unclaimed.

“It feels fabulous!” she said as she claimed her prize. “I’m still in shock right now!”

When asked what color Corvette® she wants, she immediately responded, “Burgundy, for the Redskins!”

On September 8, she received the keys to her new car from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.

She’s not the only winner. Non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers can be entered in the Ultimate Corvette® Experience. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 07, 2017
Richmond couple splits $1 million Mega Millions prize

Dana Nystrand was a bit annoyed when Matt Hazzard texted asking her to pick up a lottery ticket and a pizza. She went ahead and bought five Mega Millions tickets for the July 21 drawing.

It turns out that one of those tickets won Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

She discovered she had a winning ticket the next morning, when she checked the winning numbers: 18-31-36-50-74, and the Mega Ball number 10. Her ticket matched the first five of those numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

She texted him, saying “I need to talk to you. I think we won a million dollars!”

He replied, “Why are you texting? We’re in the same house.”

On September 7, the Richmond couple returned to the store where the ticket was bought, Corner Mart at 4027 West Broad Street in Richmond, to receive their checks from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket.  This was one of just five tickets nationwide to match the first five numbers in that drawing and the only one in Virginia.

Mr. Hazzard, who is an attorney, said he intends to pay off his student loans. Ms. Nystrand, a marketing professional, said they may also take a vacation.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 06, 2017
Mega Millions ticket bought in Sterling wins $3 million

Mega Millions VirginiaSomewhere there is a ticket from last night’s Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $3 million.  It was bought at Giant Food, 21000 South Bank Street, Sterling.

The ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. Normally that would win Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. However, whoever bought it spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier. The Megaplier number in last night’s drawing was 3x, which means this ticket is now worth three times what it would have been without the Megaplier.

The winning numbers for the September 5 drawing were 11-17-59-70-72 and the Mega Ball number was 1.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in last night’s drawing, and one of just two nationwide.

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 at 703-494-1501 or 804-492-7778.

No ticket matched all six numbers in last night’s drawing to win the estimated $61 million jackpot. That means the jackpot increases to an estimated $70 million for Friday’s drawing.

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 the first five numbers without the Mega Ball 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 01, 2017
“Honey, you just won $300,000!” - Hayes man wins the top prize

Richard HoggeRichard Hogge thought he had just scratched a big winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery, but he wasn’t sure.

“I thought I was seeing it wrong,” he said later.

So the Hayes man showed his ticket to the clerk who had just sold it to him. The clerk took one look and said, “Honey, you just won $300,000!”

Mr. Hogge had just won the top prize in the $16,000,000 Cash Payout game. The game features prizes ranging from $5 to $300,000. As the name suggests, the game features more than $16 million in total prizes.

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3046 George Washington Highway in Hayes, where he’d stopped on his way home for a cup of coffee.

Mr. Hogge is the first player to claim the game’s $300,000 prize, which means three more remain unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 4.32.

The handyman said he has no immediate plans for the winnings, except to 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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 01, 2017
Small business owner from Bassett wins $100,000

Jonathan Vernon“I wasn’t jumping up and down and screaming, but inside I felt like it!”

That’s how Jonathan Vernon of Bassett described the moment he realized he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win $100,000.

“As soon as I saw it, I knew it was my numbers,” he said

Mr. Vernon won with a ticket he bought at Dahal Family LLC, 18100 Virgil H. Goode Highway in Rocky Mount, for the August 25 night drawing. The winning numbers were 1-2-4-25-28. He selected numbers that he’s been playing for some time.

The small business owner said he intends to use the winnings to pay bills and help his window tinting business.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 31, 2017
Radford man wins $200,000 in Powerball drawing

David HubbardWhen David Hubbard checked the winning numbers from the huge August 23 Powerball drawing, he wasn’t very optimistic.

“Well, I probably didn’t win, but I’ll check it anyway,” the Radford man later recalled thinking.

He should have been a little more positive. Turns out, his ticket won $200,000!

“I can’t believe this happened to me!” was his reaction. “It can’t be real!”

The ticket he bought at Braden’s Market, 1800 East Main Street in Radford, matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, he spent an extra $1 for Power Play when he bought the ticket. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, his prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Mr. Hubbard, who works as a delivery driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, although he may do some traveling.

“It feels awesome!” he said as he claimed his prize.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 31, 2017
“I never checked the numbers.” Alexandria man wins $1 million in Powerball

Arthur MartinFor more than a week, Arthur Martin had a million dollars without knowing it. The Alexandria building engineer had a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers, making it worth $1 million.

“I never expected it to be a winner,” he said. “I never checked the numbers.”

Mr. Martin had bought four Powerball tickets because of all the hype around the large jackpot, which reached $700 million prior to the August 23 drawing. He said he doesn’t play often, but when he does, he buys a few different games and usually waits a week or two before scanning the tickets at his local store to see if he’s won, never checking the numbers to see how much if so.

“It was surreal. I thought I was just donating to the Virginia Lottery education fund,” he said. “Took four days to get over the initial shock.”

He bought the ticket at Parkway Express, 8105 Loisdale Road in Lorton, for the August 23 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing.

Mr. Martin said he plans on paying off debts with his winnings as well as enjoying a nice holiday season with his family.

Meanwhile, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Aug 31, 2017
“I think the first thing I did was scream!” - Rockbridge County woman wins $200,000

Angela ClarkWhen Angela Clark checked the winning numbers in the August 25 Powerball drawing, she quickly realized that one of her tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number.  

Normally that would win $50,000. However, when she bought the ticket, the Goshen woman spent an extra dollar for Power Play. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, her prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

“I think the first thing I did was scream,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.”

She bought her ticket at Kroger, 109 Lew Dewitt Boulevard in Waynesboro. She selected the number on her ticket using family birthdays. The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Her ticket was one of four in Virginia to win $200,000 in the August 23 drawing.

Ms. Clark, who works in Staunton, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

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 $1.5 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 31, 2017
Winchester woman scratches to win $250,000 in “Extra Play” game

Some people win the lottery quietly. Not Kathy HottKathy Hott.

When the Winchester woman won $250,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Extra Play game, there was no doubt.

“Everyone in the store was saying, ‘Congratulations,’” she said. “I was shaking. My heart dropped.”

She bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 1503 North Frederick Pike in Winchester.

Extra Play (game #1760) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the fourth top prize claimed in this game. That means three $250,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

“I was just shocked,” sh