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Mar 19, 2014
Portsmouth couple wins $1 million playing Powerball

Calvin and Zatera SpencerWhen Calvin Spencer received a phone call from his father saying a ticket bought in Portsmouth had won $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing, he began to wonder. Calvin and his wife Zatera checked and discovered that million-dollar ticket was theirs!

They bought the winning ticket at Barber Tire & Auto, 5701 Portsmouth Blvd. in Portsmouth. On March 18 they returned to the store to receive their prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It feels great, fantastic,” said Mr. Spencer. “It feels like a blessing.”

The winning numbers were 14-15-28-37-54 and Powerball number was 10. Their ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number. If they had matched all six numbers, they would have won a jackpot estimated at $60 million. There was no jackpot winner in that drawing, and this was the only ticket in the nation to win the second prize by matching the first five numbers. They used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on their ticket.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 13 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 12 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

The couple owns a health care agency in Portsmouth. They said they have no immediate plans for their 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. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.

Dec 01, 2017
A million-dollar lottery ticket in her husband’s backpack

Rosa IbarraRosa Ibarra was cleaning out her husband’s backpack when she found a Hot Millions Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery. To her surprise, the ticket was a $1 million winner.

The ticket had been given to him by a friend, and he tossed it in the backpack after scratching it, thinking it was a joke. But it was no joke, the ticket really was worth $1 million. Since she found it and realized what it was worth, her husband told her to keep it.

Ms. Ibarra and her husband, who live in Avalon, Texas, were in Virginia for his work in construction. Their big win came just in time to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Virginia.

The ticket was bought at Wawa, 8800 Brook Road in Glen Allen, which receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket. Ms. Ibarra had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

Hot Millions Multiplier (game #1616) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4,000,000. Ms. Ibarra is the first player to win the $1 million prize in game #1616, which means two more remain unclaimed. In addition, two $4 million top-prize tickets also remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in Hot Millions Multiplier are 1 in 3.0.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Henrico County, which received more than $20.4 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds 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.

Dec 01, 2017
Alexandria woman wins $500,000 playing the Virginia Lottery