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May 16, 2017
Chesapeake man wins $1 million in Mega Millions without leaving his home
Hayward Phillips didn’t run out to the store to buy a Mega Millions ticket.  There was no need: He was already covered.  The Chesapeake man bought his tickets using the Virginia Lottery’s “subscribe online” function to play from his home. 

Shortly after the May 9 Mega Millions drawing, he received a phone call from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto with the news of a lifetime. He’d matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number, to win the game’s $1 million second prize.

As it turns out, Mr. Phillips was at work, operating a piece of heavy equipment as project superintendent for a utility contractor, when he received the call. But he soon needed to take a break to tell his wife the good news! Mr. Phillips bought the subscription for four drawings (two weeks) from his laptop on the Sunday evening before the drawing.

The winning numbers for the May 9 drawing were 6-29-45-69-73, and the Mega Ball number was 11. On May 16, he received the big check from Ms. Otto in a presentation at the Chesapeake Conference Center. He’s the first player to win the $1 million prize using the Virginia Lottery’s new online subscription service.

Subscriptions are offered by the Virginia Lottery for Mega Millions and Powerball to give players the opportunity to buy tickets online. Subscriptions are available to any Virginia resident, 18 or older, who is located within Virginia at the time of purchase. For more information, visit http://www.valottery.com/subscribe

“We’ve offered subscriptions online for ten years, but recently revamped the system to make it more convenient for consumers,” said Ms. Otto. “Whether a Virginia Lottery player prefers playing at the traditional retail store or online, we’ve got it covered.”

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 winning the $1 million prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 06, 2018
Would you throw away $100,000? - Two Virginia Lottery tickets bought in Wytheville will expire soon unless claimed

Virginia Lottery logoSomewhere, there are two Virginia Lottery Cash 5 tickets worth a combined $100,000. Both were bought at the same store in Wytheville for the same drawing, and both will expire soon unless they’re claimed by the winner(s).

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. That means both tickets are set to expire at the close of business (5 p.m.) on Thursday, Dec. 20, unless they’re redeemed.

The tickets each won $50,000 in the June 23 night drawing by matching all five winning numbers: 12-14-24-25-29. The tickets were bought at 4th Street Market at 395 North 4th St. in Wytheville.

Whoever has one or both winning tickets should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 276-676-5540 or 804-692-7000.

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

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11p.m. The odds of matching all five numbers are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The tickets were bought in Wythe County, which received more than $2.3 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 06, 2018
Virginia Beach Educator Wins Virginia Lottery’s “Made in Virginia” Award

Bridgette BertholdBridgette Berthold, a graduate of Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, was honored today as the first of four winners in the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural “Made in Virginia” program. As a winner, Berthold was able to gift $9,000 in prizes to Green Run High School, the school where she now teaches, 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. 

Berthold is an educator at Green Run High School (GRHS) who was nominated for her tireless commitment in creating engaging, unique lesson plans to better serve the Hampton Roads community. She co-founded the GRHS Innovation Lab, a program that modifies the traditional high school experience for at-risk students by building new curriculum around their passions.

“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.”

Chris Jacobs, a fellow educator at GRHS who nominated Berthold, said, “Bridgette pulls off the impossible every day because she believes so deeply that every child deserves the best educational opportunities possible.”

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, a combined $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 04, 2018
“Alexa, tell me the latest Virginia Lottery winning numbers!”

Virginia Lottery logoLottery information is now as close as your virtual assistant

So you want to know the latest winning numbers? How about the date and time of the next big drawing? How big is the jackpot? What games are available from the Virginia Lottery?

No problem. Alexa knows.

The Virginia Lottery has become one of the first lotteries to make information available via Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon. The Virginia Lottery partnered with COLAB to develop the “skill” to help any Alexa user who wants information about the Virginia Lottery.

Almost one in three Americans owned a voice-activated smart speaker in August 2018, and up to half of adults could own one after the holiday shopping season, according to Adobe and the Consumer Technology Association.

To use the skill, you simply say, “Alexa, enable the Virginia Lottery.”  Some sample phrases could then be:
• “Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What were the winning Cash 5 numbers?”
• “Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What is the Powerball jackpot?”
• “Alexa, ask Virginia Lottery: What games can I play?”

“This is just the latest way in which the Virginia Lottery is using today’s technology to meet customers where they live and shop today,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “Along with our new smartphone app and the Lottery’s hugely popular touchscreen vending machines, Alexa helps us empower our players by providing quick, easy access to drawing results and other consumer information.”

In the future, as part of the Virginia Lottery’s Play Responsibly campaign, Alexa will be able to provide users with the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline number, where people with questions about gambling addiction can go to seek help.

COLAB is a digital agency based in Richmond, Virginia, that creates web-based solutions to solve real business problems for its clients. Through its expertise in strategy, design, development, and project management, COLAB builds custom web applications, websites and enterprise-wide digital partnerships.

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 03, 2018
She went to buy cabbage and ended up winning $225,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Vanessa WardMaryland woman wins $225,000 in WIN A SPIN LIVE SPIN

It all started with a trip to the grocery store. Vanessa Ward’s father asked her to pick up a head of cabbage. While she was at the Giant Food Store at 6800 Richmond Highway in Groveton, she also bought a WIN A SPIN Scratcher from the Virginia Lottery.

Ms. Ward, who lives in Temple Hills, Md., and works in Alexandria, scratched the ticket at home and wasn’t sure what she’d won. Turns out she’d won the game’s top prize: a LIVE SPIN on the Big Wheel and the chance to win anywhere between $100,000 and $500,000.

When it came time for her to spin the wheel at the Virginia Lottery headquarters in Richmond, she won $225,000.

She said the prize is especially timely, since she’s planning to retire soon. She said there also may be a trip to Disney World in her future.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Ms. Ward bought the winning ticket in Fairfax County, which received nearly $31.2 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 Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 03, 2018
Chesapeake woman wins $250,000 in Powerball

Addie BellHow do you win big in Powerball without buying a ticket? Just ask Addie Bell. She didn’t buy a winning ticket. Her son gave it to her.

The Chesapeake woman won $250,000 in the Nov. 14 drawing with a ticket purchased at Red Top/Easy Go located at 2753 Campostella Road in Chesapeake.

The ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000. However, her son spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought his ticket. The Power Play in that drawing was 5X, which increased the prize to $250,000.

The winning numbers were 7-42-49-62-69, and the Powerball number was 23.

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 the game’s site.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Bell lives in Chesapeake, which received more than $21.1 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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Nov 27, 2018
Virginia Lottery and Virginia Council on Problem Gambling remind adults to gift responsibly this holiday season

Virginia Lottery Gift Responsibly CampaignBe game, have fun and remember: lottery tickets are for adults

While the season of gift-giving is here, the Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) encourage players to gift responsibly. When giving lottery tickets as gifts, make sure you keep the person’s age in mind. It is against state law to give lottery tickets to minors. 

The Lottery is complementing its message this year with a radio public service announcement (PSA) entitled “Scrooge,” which is being made available to stations across Virginia.

“We at the Virginia Lottery strive to present our games in the most responsible manner possible,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “While lottery tickets can be fun gifts for adults, it is important to remember that they are not intended for minors.”

This is the 11th year that the Virginia Lottery has teamed with VACPG, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University, and dozens of other lottery corporations around the globe to increase public awareness this holiday season about the impact of giving lottery products as gifts to children.

“The earlier in life a young person starts to gamble, the more likely they are to develop gambling problems later on,” said Carolyn Hawley, Ph. D., VACPG President. “So during this time of giving, please remember that lottery tickets are not toys, they are for adults only.”

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. For a complete list of lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Playing Matters page. Please play responsibly.

The Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization seeking to increase the education, prevention, and treatment efforts surrounding problem gambling within the state of Virginia. The VACPG is neither for nor against legalized gambling.  If you or someone you know has a concern about gambling, please call the 24-hour helpline at 1 888-532-3500. The call is free and confidential.

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Nov 19, 2018
Richmond chef wins a tasty $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Darrin RobinsonWhen Darrin Robinson checked the Virginia Lottery’s mobile app and discovered he’d won $100,000, he couldn’t believe it.

It was about 2 a.m., and the Richmond man woke up his roommate with the news. Perhaps because he’d been asleep, his roommate was a bit less than impressed.

“Did you hear what I said?” Darrin said. “I won a lot of money!”

It was true. He matched all five winning numbers in the Nov. 12 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Wawa, located at 6001 Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield.

The winning numbers were 4-5-13-16-22. He said he always plays those numbers.

Mr. Robinson, who is a chef, said he intends to save his winnings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Robinson lives in Richmond City, which received nearly $17.3 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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Nov 19, 2018
Hampton woman wins $100,000 on her way home from work

Mary Jo CaudleMary Jo Caudle was on her way home from work. She stopped by Happy Shopper on West Mercury Boulevard in Hampton and bought a couple of Winter Luck tickets from the Virginia Lottery.

Later, when she scratched the tickets, she discovered she’d won the $100,000 top prize.

“It was amazing!” she said. “It was great. I was crying.”

She had just become the first person to claim the $100,000 top prize for the Winter Luck Scratcher. Three more top prize-winning tickets remain unclaimed in this game. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.84.

Ms. Caudle said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and take care of her family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Caudle lives in Hampton, which received nearly $15.5 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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Nov 19, 2018
Martinsville man matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Carl JoyceCarl Joyce would rather not share his exact reaction when he discovered he’d won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery.

“I can’t tell you what I said,” he said with a laugh while waiting at the Virginia Lottery’s Roanoke Customer Service Center to receive his check.

The Martinsville man won by matching all five numbers in Cash 5. He bought his ticket at Stop In, located at 1506 Greensboro Road in Martinsville.

He selected the numbers on his ticket, 1-4-5-10-12, using a combination of family birthday months.

The retiree said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. Mr. Joyce lives in Martinsville, which received nearly $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 Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Nov 19, 2018
Verona man wins $150,000 playing "Cash Money" game

James RankinJames Rankin has more time on his hands since he retired. The Verona man enjoys playing the lottery a few times a week.

That enjoyment turned into a thrilling experience when he scratched a Cash Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery and discovered he’d won the game’s $150,000 top prize.

It happened when he stopped by Royal #8, located at 2395 Lee Highway in Mt. Sidney. He said he initially didn’t think he was seeing it right, so he asked the clerk to look at the ticket. The clerk got v