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Sep 04, 2014
Hillsville man wins BIG in"$5,000,000 Cash Blowout!" Scratcher game

Kenny Sharpe of HillsvilleImagine being able to choose between receiving $5,000,000 in annual payments over 30 years or a lump sum of $2,686,965 before taxes. Kenny Sharpe of Hillsville didn’t have to imagine it. That’s the choice he won when he scratched a winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash Blowout! game. He selected the cash option.

Mr. Sharpe became the game’s first top-prize winner with a ticket he bought at E-Z Stop, 105 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.

On Wednesday, September 3, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

$5,000,000 Cash Blowout! is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 all the way up to $5 million. Since this is the first top winner in the game, three top-prize tickets have yet to be claimed. In addition, all four $500,000 second prizes remain unclaimed.

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 more than $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. 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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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.

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

Karen Davis-CromerYou can say Karen Davis-Cromer had a good day. The Alexandria woman bought two Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets. When she scratched the first, she won $25. Then when she scratched the second, a