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Nov 13, 2017
His co-workers told him he was dreaming when he said he’d win a Corvette®

Alan 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.

On November 9, he received the keys to his new Corvette from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The presentation took place at Lindsay Chevrolet in Woodbridge.

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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Dec 14, 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnus Wins Virginia Lottery’s “Made in Virginia” Award

Timmy NguyenTimmy Nguyen, a graduate of Deep Run High School in Henrico, was honored today as one of four winners in the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural “Made in Virginia” program. As a winner, Nguyen was able to gift $9,000 in prizes to Skipwith Elementary School, where he previously attended, and will be featured in a Virginia Lottery “Made in Virginia” commercial set to air in January 2019.

Launched for the first time this year, the goal of “Made in Virginia” is to recognize exceptional individuals who got their start in Virginia public schools. Four graduates who have created noteworthy success in their career, overcome remarkable adversity or demonstrated a relentless passion for service to their community, were selected from among hundreds of statewide nominees. 

Nguyen is a government employee who has served on a number of boards and community organizations across the Greater Richmond area, including the VCU Alumni Board of Governors and the FRIENDS Association for Children Board. In 2013, he created the annual “Alumni Charity Challenge” to benefit Feed More, the Central Virginia Food Bank, which this year raised 107,696 pounds of food for those in need. He also started the “Ultimate Backpack” initiative to collect over 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to donate to students in Richmond Public Schools.

“The winners of the ‘Made in Virginia’ award exemplify not only the inspiring graduates we have here in the Commonwealth, but also demonstrate the instrumental role our K-12 public schools play in a student’s ultimate life success,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “Honoring these tremendous graduates feels like the perfect way to celebrate our 30-year mission to benefit Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”

The four “Made in Virginia” winners – one each from the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of the state – get to award $9,000 in prizes, including $5,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $4,000 in school supplies from The Supply Room, to the Virginia K-12 public school of their choice. Those schools may use those winnings to address their unique needs.

“The education that students receive in our public schools creates a lasting impact – and ultimately shapes the inspirational advocates, innovators and leaders of the future,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “There are endless success stories that originate in Virginia’s classrooms, and it’s time we recognize those community members.”

Nguyen was nominated by multiple colleagues for this award. Cheryl Burke, a nominator serving as an appointed School Board Member in Richmond’s 7th District, said, “Timmy is known as the volunteer who goes where he’s needed and never stops giving.”

The launch of “Made in Virginia” coincides with the Lottery’s 30th birthday in 2018. The first Lottery ticket was sold on September 20, 1988, and since 1999, more than $9 billion in Virginia Lottery profits have benefited K-12 public schools.

The four “Made in Virginia” winners will be announced throughout December. To learn more, visit the Virginia Lottery Media Center.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 11, 2018
Charlottesville man wins a total of $100,000 with two winning tickets in the same drawing

James Carter“I looked at it. I looked at it again, and there it was!”

That’s how James Carter described the moment he realized he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game – not once, but twice in the same drawing.

The Charlottesville man bought his tickets at Tom Thumb Food Mart located at 828 Cherry Ave. in Charlottesville. He split his wager to 50 cents on each, which means he won $50,000 for each of the two winning tickets.

“I couldn’t believe it,” the retiree said. “It feels good!”

The winning numbers for the Nov. 19 night drawing were 6-7-12-22-30. He said he often plays those numbers, but they have no special significance.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 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. Carter lives in Charlottesville, which received nearly $2.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 11, 2018
Pennsylvania woman collects $1 million after taxes from Virginia Lottery

Latoyia Baskerville-UzzellShe wins Bank a Million top prize with ticket bought in Newport News

They say visiting your parents is priceless. When La Toyia Baskerville Uzzell visited her father in Newport News, she ended up winning $1 million.

The Bryn Mawr, Pa., woman bought a Bank a Million ticket while she was in Virginia and won the top prize of $1 million after taxes.

Ms. Baskerville Uzzell said she hardly ever plays the lottery, but her father does. When she visited him, he suggested some numbers, which corresponded with family birthdays.

“I’m just going to buy a ticket and see what happens,” she recalled thinking.

She bought a ticket for the Oct. 3 drawing and ended up matching the six numbers to win the top prize. The winning numbers were 5-8-9-10-26-31. The Bonus Ball number was 17, although she didn’t need it to win the top prize.

Her father, who is retired from the Army, checked the winning numbers and called to tell her she won.

“No, I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it!” she replied.

The 7-Eleven at 12801 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the $1 million prize with a $2 ticket. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Baskerville Uzzell bought the ticket in Newport News, which received nearly $26.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on