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Mar 21, 2014
Abingdon man wins $5 million top prize in “50X the Money” game

Billy DeBuskWhen Billy DeBusk saw that his Virginia Lottery ticket was a really big winner, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I didn’t have my glasses on,” said the Abingdon man. “I noticed all the zeros and I thought I’d scratched the wrong numbers.”

It turns out his 50X the Money ticket was worth $ 5 million, the game’s top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at 5Mart, located at 863 West Main Street in Abingdon.

He had a choice of taking the full $5 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $3,405,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

50X the Money is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. This is the first $5 million winner in the game, which means two top-prize tickets have yet to be claimed. In addition, one $500,000 second-prize has been awarded, which means three remain unclaimed.

Mr. DeBusk said he hopes to invest his winnings.

“It feels super good,” he said. “I still don’t believe it.”

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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Jul 23, 2015
Hampton woman takes top prize in Cash 5

Effie WhiteheadEffie Whitehead has a routine. Each morning the Hampton woman goes to buy a newspaper and play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. But this morning was anything but routine.  That’s when she discovered she’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I got kind of shaky,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I couldn’t believe I’d won.”

She matched all five numbers in the July 22 night drawing. She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 900 Aberdeen Road in Hampton.

The winning numbers were 2-19-26-31-34. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

Ms. Whitehead, who recently retired from Newport News Shipbuilding, said she had no immediate plans for her winnings.

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 $1.4 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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 23, 2015
Mechanicsville man matches all five numbers to win $100,000 in Cash 5

Thomas FerrellThomas Ferrell has some new favorite numbers: 6-15-22-24-26. It was those five numbers that won the Mechanicsville man $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched the winning numbers in the July 11 Cash 5 night drawing with a ticket he bought at the 7-Eleven at 6340 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville.

Mr. Ferrell, who said he is semi-retired, used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

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 $1.4 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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 21, 2015
Sleeping on a million dollars... Washington County man wins big!

Billy CannonBilly Cannon was sleeping on a million dollars… literally. The Meadowview man had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $1 million stuck between the mattresses of his bed for safekeeping until he was ready to claim it.

“I can’t explain how it feels,” he said when he finally did redeem the ticket at the Lottery’s customer service center in Abingdon. “I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since it happened!”

Mr. Cannon won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s All About the Benjamins Scratcher game. He bought the winning ticket at Cargo Oil, 299 Palmer Avenue in Saltville.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Cannon said he plans to save and invest his winnings.

All About the Benjamins is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the fourth top prize claimed in this game, which means two million-dollar prizes have yet to be claimed.

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 21, 2015
Hampton man takes $100,000 prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball game

Thomas BlacknellThomas Blacknell says he’s a cautious man. So when he saw that’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game, he was a bit suspicious.

“I don’t think so,” he recalled thinking. “I don’t believe it.”

But it was true. The Hampton man matched all five numbers in the July 11 drawing.

The winning numbers were 9-14-18-27-33. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at Farm Fresh, 608 East Mercury Boulevard in Hampton. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

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

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 20, 2015
Poquoson man wins $100,000 in Jewel 7’s game

David OverzetIt’s usually not a good sign when a man gets a call like this from his wife:

“She called me, screaming,” said David Overzet of Poquoson.

But in this case, it was a good thing. His wife had just discovered that the Virginia Lottery ticket he handed her as he was leaving for work was a $100,000 winner.

Mr. Overzet, who said he plays the Lottery just “once in a blue moon,” bought the winning Jewel 7’s ticket at the 7-Eleven at 436 Wythe Creek Road in Poquoson.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Topaz Blue like the one Mr. Minter bought, Diamond Yellow, Peridot Green, or Amethyst Purple.

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 15, 2015
A $5 million birthday present! - Richmond woman wins top prize with a Virginia Lottery ticket she received for her birthday
What did you get for your birthday? Cynthia Cooper received a $5 million winning Lottery ticket!

“I was in shock!” the Richmond woman said, recalling the moment she discovered the ticket was a big winner. ”I jumped up and down.”

Her son and husband bought the ticket at the K-Mart at 4715 Nine Mile Road in Richmond on July 4. However, she didn’t wait until her July 9 birthday to scratch it.

“It feels wonderful,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I’ve seen lottery winners on TV. I just never thought I’d be the one.”

On July 15 she received her prize from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. She had the choice of taking the full $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $3,405,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. She’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

50X the Money is one of dozens of Scratchers offered by the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Cooper is the second top-prize winner to claim, which means one $5 million ticket remains unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,448,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.96.  

Ms. Cooper, who is retired, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, except to “take a little vacation.”

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 15, 2015
Virginia Beach man takes top prize in Cash 5

Joel ThompsonJoel Thompson isn’t likely to forget the numbers 5-6-10-22-27 any time soon. Those are the numbers the Virginia Beach man matched to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He won the top prize in the June 27 Cash 5 night drawing with a ticket he bought at 7-Eleven, 6673 East Indian River Road in Virginia Beach.

He said he selected the numbers on his ticket using a combination of favorite numbers and a couple of random numbers.

As he claimed his prize, Mr. Thompson said he hopes to use his winnings for some home improvements.

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 $1.4 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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 15, 2015
Tazewell County couple wins $1 million prize in The Color of Money game

Bruce and Virginia RussellRetired educators Bruce and Virginia Russell knew they had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket, but they had no idea it was worth $1 million. It wasn’t until they were driving to the Lottery’s Southwest Virginia Customer Service Center in Abingdon that they realized just how lucky they were.

The Cedar Bluff couple won the top prize in the Scratcher game called The Color of Money. The winning ticket was bought at Fas Mart, 3121 West Cedar Valley in Cedar Bluff.

They had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. They chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Russell, who like his wife is a retired school principal, said they’re very happy to have won. Mr. Russell also taught Biology and English.

The Color of Money (game #1541) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 all the way up to $1 million. This is the second $1 million prize claimed in this game, which means one top prize has yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.11.

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 15, 2015
Charlottesville woman wins $259,515 in 7-Eleven Scratcher game

Linda MorrisWhen Linda Morris scratched a 7-Eleven Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery, she didn’t immediately notice anything different.

“I thought it was nothing,” she later said.

But the Charlottesville woman soon discovered she was wrong. She’d won the game’s top prize of $711 per day for a year. The prize was paid in a single check totaling $259,515 before taxes.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1245 Seminole Trail in Charlottesville.

7-Eleven (game #1493) is a unique game from the Virginia Lottery. Not only does each ticket have a chance for prizes ranging from $7 to $711 per day for a year, but each ticket also wins a free fresh food or beverage item redeemable at participating Virginia 7-Eleven locations.

Ms. Morris, who works with special needs children, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. “I’m going to spend it wisely,” she said.

She is the second top prize winner in the game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 163,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.94.

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 10, 2015
“I just felt lucky,” says Bealeton woman who wins $3 million

Suzanne MaddenDon’t ask Suzanne Madden why she happened to play the Virginia Lottery’s $3,000,000 Jackpot Scratcher game.

“I don’t know. I just felt lucky,” she said.

And lucky she was! When the Bealeton woman scratched her ticket, she knew immediately she’d won the $3 million top prize.

“I just about had a heart attack,” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Madden is the first top prize winner in the $3,000,000 Jackpot game, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed. She had a choice of taking the full $3 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,043,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 11021 Marsh Road in Bealeton. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

$3,000,000 Jackpot is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 all the way up to that $3 million prize. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.72.

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 10, 2015
Rockingham County man scratches to win $500,000 in 50X the Money game

Orlando RodriguezIf you had been near Orlando Rodriguez when he discovered he’d won $500,000 playing the Virginia Lottery, you wouldn’t have suspected a thing.

“I was quiet about it,” he later said.  “I’m low-key.”

The Massanutten man won big in the 50X the Money game. He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6132 Spotswood Trail in Penn Laird.

Mr. Rodriguez, a retired police officer, said he scratched the ticket as he sat on a bench outside the store.

“I went home and broke the news to my wife,” he said.

50X the Money is one of dozens of Scratchers offered by the Virginia Lottery. Mr. Rodriguez actually won the second prize. The top prize is $5 million. He is the third $500,000 winner to claim, which means one half-million-dollar ticket remains unclaimed. Two $5 million prizes have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,448,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.96.  

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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 10, 2015
“I didn’t think it could happen to people like me!” - Newport News woman wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Tiffenee Brown“I still don’t believe it. I didn’t think it could happen to people like me!”

That’s how Tiffenee Brown reacted to winning the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Newport News woman matched all five numbers in the June 27 Cash 5 day drawing. The winning numbers were 1-3-4-6-11. She selected her numbers using family birthdays.

Ms. Brown bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1305 Todds Lane in Hampton.

Because she won on a Saturday, Ms. Brown had a long wait until Monday morning when she could redeem her winning ticket.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” she said. “Yesterday was a long day!”

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 $1.4 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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 10, 2015
Fredericksburg woman matches all five numbers to win $100,000

Priscilla ByarsPriscilla Byars was sitting and watching television when her friend went online to check the winning numbers in the June 27 Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 drawing.

Her eyes got really big,” the Fredericksburg woman recalled.

Her friend had just discovered that Ms. Byars matched all five winning numbers to win the $100,000 top prize.

The winning numbers, which had been passed down to her years before by her beloved grandmother, were 1-3-4-6-11.

The winning ticket was bought at Food Lion, 10601 Spotsylvania Avenue in Fredericksburg.

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 $1.4 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. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. 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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Jul 08, 2015
Hampton man says $100,000 win is “beginner’s luck”

Shane MainShane Main waited several weeks to claim his $100,000 prize in the Virginia Lottery’s  $1,000,000 Money Ball.

“I didn’t check the ticket right away,” says Main. “Then, I wanted to take some time to be sure I had myself together.”

Main matched all five numbers in the June 24 drawing. The winning numbers were 4-7-8-11-23. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2122 Goerge Washington Memorial Highway in Gloucester.

The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Main, who is a sales person for a residential construction firm in Newport News, says he and his wife will use the winnings to help make an already-planned 10th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii even nicer.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jul 08, 2015
“I had to take a second look,” says Fairfax man who wins $100,000

Paul GossRetired government worker Paul Goss says there’s really no strategy when playing the lottery.

“It’s simply luck and you have to remember that it’s for recreation purposes only,” he says. “It’s great if you happen to win a little something along the way.”

This non-strategy has worked well for Goss, who recently won $100,000 playing Cash 5. He also won $25,000 in the game in 2004!

Goss selected his own numbers for the July 2, 2015 Cash 5 Night drawing based on historical facts from the Second Battle of Manassas. The winning numbers were 1-3-7-11-17. The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, 10810 Fairchester Drive in Fairfax.  

Goss says he and his wife plan to purchase a new roof and pay off bills.  

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 $1.4 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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Jul 06, 2015
“I’m starting to feel giddy!” says Alexandria man who wins $100,000

“I’m starting to feel giddy!” says Alexandria man who wins $100,000
He takes top prize in Cash 5 game

Daniel OliveiraDaniel Oliveira has had some luck playing Pick 4 in the past. He really likes Cash 5, too, and this time, that’s the game that paid off for him.

“I played four sets of numbers, two of my own and two Easy Pick,” he said.

One of those sets of numbers – his own pick – matched all five numbers in the July 2 Cash 5 night drawing.

“There isn’t any significance to the numbers – I just like the way they look,” said Oliveira when he claimed the game’s $100,000 top prize. “Of course, I didn’t believe it at first,” he said. “I had my wife check them, too. Once we realized it was a winner, she was afraid I might lose the ticket so she hid it under a statue.”

The winning numbers for Thursday, July 2 were 1-3-7-11-17. Oliveira bought his winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 6464 E. Lincolnia Road in Alexandria.

Mr. Oliveira says he and his wife will upgrade a planned trip to New York City, pay some bills and use the rest for their son’s college education.

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 $1.4 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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Jul 06, 2015
Richmond woman celebrates 4th of July early with a $150,000 win!

Marcelle CoxRichmond woman celebrates 4th of July early with a $150,000 win!
She scratches to win top prize in Red, White & Blue Winnings game

Marcelle Cox may not play the Lottery often but, this time, her Red, White & Blue Winnings  Scratcher ticket produced some early fireworks!  

“I chose this ticket because of its name,” said Cox. “It seemed like the perfect theme for the Fourth of July holiday.”

Her instinct was right on because when she scratched the ticket, she won the top prize of $150,000!

Red, White & Blue Winnings (game #1554) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Cox was the first to win the $150,000 top prize in this game, honoring America’s birthday. Two more top prizes remain, along with many other prizes ranging from $5.00 to $10,000.

 

Cox purchased the winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 12120 Harrowgate Road in Chester. She said she hopes to use her winnings to help family and friends.

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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Jun 30, 2015
“The Awesome 8” office pool claims $1 million Mega Millions prize

The Awesome EightKay White’s co-workers thought she was playing a trick on them. She was calling to tell them that their office pool had won $1 million playing Mega Millions.

“No one believed me, of course,” she said.

But it was no joke. A Mega Millions ticket bought by Ms. White on behalf of the pool had matched the first five winning numbers in the June 26 Mega Millions drawing. She bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 290 South Main Street in her hometown of Broadway.

The members of “the Awesome 8,” who each received $125,000 before taxes, are:
Debra Hoskins – Keezletown, VA
Curtis Crawford – Weyers Cave, VA
Lonnie Gale – Timberville, VA
Cuong Huynh – Harrisonburg, VA
Alisa Hartman – Broadway, VA
Timothy Firkin – Mount Sidney, VA
John Cuellar – Harrisonburg, VA
Kay White – Broadway, VA

Ms. White said they’ve been playing Mega Millions together for about two-and-a-half years, although the group started out a little smaller. They work together at R. R. Donnelley.

“It was just a group of us talking and we decided to start a pool,” she said. “We originally called ourselves the ‘Lucky 6.’”

The winning numbers for that drawing were 12-23-33-47-50 and the Mega Ball number was 3. Had that ticket matched all six numbers, the group would have won the $64 million jackpot. This was the only ticket nationwide to win the $1 million second prize. No ticket won the jackpot in that drawing.

The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery 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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 30, 2015
A winning hand for a Norfolk man: $100,000 in Aces & 8s

Ronald WernitznigPoker players know how important it is to keep a straight face. But Ron Wernitznig will be the first to tell you that’s not important in the Virginia Lottery’s Aces & 8s Scratcher game. When he scratched to win the $100,000 top prize, he did not keep a poker face.

“I yelled kind of loud,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The Norfolk man bought his winning ticket at Sky Mart, 3096 South Lynnhaven Road in Virginia Beach.

“It just feels good,” he said.  “I’ve been playing for a long time.”

Aces & 8s (game #1536) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $100,000. Mr. Wernitznig is the second top prize winner in the game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Wernitznig, who works as a collections manager, said he plans to save his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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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Jun 30, 2015
“They all match!” says Herndon man who wins $100,000

Duane GillisDuane Gillis was having a bad day.

“Well, maybe I hit the Lottery,” he said sarcastically.

A short time later, he discovered that’s exactly what had happened. The Herndon man won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I saw the numbers, and I said, ‘No, this can’t be!’” he recalled. “They all match!”

He matched all five winning numbers in the June 20 Cash 5 day drawing. The winning numbers were 9-11-24-26-28. He bought his winning ticket at Bright Star Mini Mart, 46000 Old Ox Road in Sterling. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Gillis, who is a hospital cook, said he intends to save his winnings.

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 $1.4 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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Jun 30, 2015
Harrisonburg woman wins the top prize in $100,000 Home Changer game

Bonnie LongBonnie Long wasn’t necessarily trying to get a winning ticket. She was hoping for a non-winning ticket to enter in the Virginia Lottery’s $100,000 Home Changer Scratcher Promotion.

But when she scratched the ticket she bought at the 7-Eleven at 1911 Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg, she discovered she wouldn’t be able to enter it in the drawing after all. It was a winning ticket. She’d just won $100,000 in the $100,000 Home Changer game.

Ms. Long drove straight home after discovering how much the ticket was worth. She said she wanted to cash the ticket with the Virginia Lottery before she had a heart attack.

$100,000 Home Changer is a partnership between the Virginia Lottery and The Home Depot®, featuring prizes from $5 up to $100,000. This is the first $100,000 prize claimed, which means three top prizes in this game remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,285,200. The odds of scratching to win any prize are 1 in 4.17.

The $100,000 Home Changer Scratcher Promotion, which Ms. Long was initially hoping to enter, gives players a chance to win a cash prize of $100,000, a $100,000 home makeover, one of five room makeovers worth $25,000, or a $500 The Home Depot® Gift Card. Players can enter non-winning tickets through September 23. Entries can be mailed or submitted via the Virginia Lottery’s website: www.valottery.com. The final drawing will be held September 30.

a cash prize of $100,000, a $100,000 home makeover, one of five room makeovers worth $25,000, or a $500 The Home Depot® Gift Card.

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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Jun 29, 2015
Winning ticket bought in Manassas will expire if winner doesn’t come forward

Expiring ticket alert!  Would you walk around with $100,000 in your pocket or the glove compartment of your car? Probably not.  But one Virginia Lottery player may be unknowingly doing just that.

Someone bought a ticket for the January 12, 2015, Cash 5 night drawing at the 7-Eleven at 9807 Cockrell Road in Manassas. That ticket turned out to be a $100,000 winner. But so far, no one has come forward to claim the prize.

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. In this case, since the 180-day period ends on a Saturday, the winner has until close of business the next business day, which is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13. If it’s not claimed by then, this $100,000 ticket will become worthless.

The winning numbers were 3-7-10-20-25. The ticket matched all five numbers. The person who has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 703-494-1501.

All Virginia Lottery unclaimed prize money goes to the state Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding. Since its inception in 1988, the Lottery has transferred more than $244 million in unclaimed prizes to Virginia’s Literary Fund.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize in Cash 5 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 $1.4 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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Jun 29, 2015
Mega Millions ticket bought in Broadway wins $1 million

Mega Millions logoCheck your tickets! Somewhere there is a ticket from the June 26 Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million.  It was bought at 7-Eleven, 290 South Main Street in Broadway.

The winning numbers for Friday’s drawing were 12-23-33-47-50 and the Mega Ball number was 3. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. Had the ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won the jackpot.

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.

Since no ticket matched all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the jackpot now stands at an estimated $74 million for Tuesday’s drawing.

Mega Millions is hot in Virginia! This is the fifth time someone has won at least $1 million with a Mega Millions ticket bought in Virginia within just the past ten weeks.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 22, 2015
Salem man in "disbelief" after winning $1 million in Mega Millions

Tom CookWhen Tom Cook looked at his computer screen and realized he’d won $1 million in Mega Millions, his reaction, in a word, was “disbelief.”

The Salem man matched the first five numbers in the June 12 Mega Millions drawing. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He bought his winning ticket at Kroger, 1925 Electric Road in Salem. On June 22 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.

The winning numbers were 1-40-42-56-62, and the Mega Ball number was 2. The only number he failed to match was the Mega Ball number. Had he matched that final number, the Mega Ball number, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $26 million.

Mr. Cook said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, and he doesn’t intend to let the win change him. He said there will be “no real lifestyle change” for him.

Mega Millions is hot in Virginia. Mr. Cook is the fourth person in the Commonwealth to win at least $1 million in Mega Millions within just the past two months.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 19, 2015
Herndon man uses Megaplier to win $5 million playing Mega Millions
Andy Ciaccio was at work when he checked the winning numbers in the June 12 Mega Millions drawing. That’s when he discovered he had matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

“This has to be worth something,” he thought.

He was right. Normally that would win $1 million. But Mr. Ciaccio spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier when he bought his ticket. The Megaplier number in that drawing was 5, which increased his prize 5X to $5 million.

“I was speechless,” he said. “I thought, ‘This can’t be!’”

He bought his winning ticket at Sheetz, 600 Blackwell Road in Warrenton, just across the street from where he works. On June 19 he returned to the store to receive his check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $50,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 1-40-42-56-62, and the Mega Ball number was 2. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Ciaccio, who lives in Herndon and works as a finance officer at Country Chevrolet in Warrenton, split the prize with his two sons, Justin and Bryan, who each claimed $500,000 of the winnings.

Mega Millions is hot in Virginia. Mr. Ciaccio is one of four people in the Commonwealth to win at least $1 million in Mega Millions within just the past two months.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 18, 2015
Clarksville woman wins $100,000 in Jewel 7’s Scratcher game

Portia BurwellYou might say Portia Burwell won a jewel of a prize. The Clarksville woman scratched to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Jewel 7’s game.

It happened as she sat in her car after buying the ticket at Mac’s Circle K on Virginia Avenue in Clarksville.

“I scratched one line and history was written!” she said.

Jewel 7’s (game #1431) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond White, like the one Ms. Burwell bought, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green or Ruby Red.

She said she hopes to use her winnings for home repairs.

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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Jun 18, 2015
Chesapeake truck driver wins a load of money: $100,000

Mohammed LawrenceWhen Mohammed Lawrence called his wife and told her to sit down and relax, she suspected he might have been in an accident. But instead the Chesapeake man had good news to deliver: He’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

He did it by matching all five numbers in the June 6 drawing. The winning numbers were 4-9-17-26-30. He selected his numbers at random.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1041 North Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.

The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Lawrence, who is a truck driver, said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills and buy a new car.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jun 17, 2015
Fredericksburg man goes on a fishing trip and catches $100,000

Herbert DulinTalk about a prize catch!

Herbert Dulin landed a $100,000 winning Virginia Lottery ticket when he went on a fishing trip. He won it by matching all five numbers in the $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

As the Fredericksburg man was leaving for the Eastern Shore, he stopped at Super Giant, 5701 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, and bought a ticket for the June 6 drawing. That night, on Assateague Island, he checked his numbers and discovered he’d won the $100,000 prize.

As you might expect, there was no more sleeping that night.

The winning numbers were 4-9-17-26-30. He selected his numbers using family birthdays. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

By the way, Mr. Dulin didn’t catch any fish on that particular trip, but we don’t think he’s complaining.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jun 17, 2015
valottery.com to be out of service for maintenance Saturday morning

The Virginia Lottery website, valottery.com, will be out of service for maintenance on Saturday morning, June 20. It will be unavailable beginning at 6:30 a.m.  The maintenance should be completed and the site back up hopefully around 9:00 a.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Jun 17, 2015
Just in time for summer, Lynchburg man wins $150,000 in Summer Jam game

Robert WilliamsRobert Williams of Lynchburg was on his way home from work when he won $150,000.

He stopped at Big Horn Market, 612 Leesville Road in Lynchburg, and played the Virginia Lottery’s Summer Jam Scratcher game.

When he scratched the ticket and saw that he’d won the game’s top prize, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“Well, this can’t be right,” he recalled thinking. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Summer Jam is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $150,000. Mr. Williams is the first top prize winner in the game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 816,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

Mr. Williams said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to pay bills and maybe do some home repairs.

“It feels great!” he said as he prepared to leave the Virginia Lottery’s Central Virginia Customer Service Center in Farmville with his check.

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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Jun 17, 2015
Hampton woman wins an ace of a prize: $100,000 in Aces & 8s game

Robin HarkinsScratching an Aces & 8s ticket was a new experience for Robin Harkins. The Hampton woman had never played that particular Scratcher game before. But once was all it took. Her first try resulted in winning the $100,000 top prize.

“I had to look at it many, many times,” she said as she claimed her prize from the Virginia Lottery. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1605 East Pembroke Avenue in Hampton.

Aces & 8s (game #1536) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $100,000. Ms. Harkins is the first top prize winner in the game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.29.

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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Jun 17, 2015
Virginia Beach man wins $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Bernard JohnsonWhen Bernard Johnson checked the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s June 6 Cash 5 night drawing, he turned to his wife and said, “I think we got lucky!”

The Virginia Beach man was right. He’d matched all five numbers to win the $100,000 top prize.

The winning numbers were 1-3-4-31-34. He selected his numbers using important family dates. After discovering he’d won, Mr. Johnson said he remained calm.

“I didn’t go crazy,” he said. “If I’d won Mega Millions or Powerball, it would be different!”

He bought the winning ticket at Holland BP, 3065 Holland Road in Virginia Beach.

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 $1.4 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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Jun 14, 2015
Winner alert: $5 million winning ticket in Warrenton; $1 million ticket in Salem

Mega Millions VirginiaFriday’s Mega Millions drawing really brought out the winners in Virginia.  One ticket won $1 million and another ticket won $5 million. So now the question is: Who has those winning tickets?

The $5 million winning ticket was bought at Sheetz, 600 Blackwell Road in Warrenton.

The $1 million winning ticket was bought at Kroger, 1925 Electric Road in Salem.

The winning numbers in the June 12 drawing were 1-40-42-56-62 and the Mega Ball number was 2. Both tickets matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. However, whoever bought the ticket in Warrenton did something else. He or she spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier. The Megaplier number in Friday’s drawing was 5, which increased the prize 5X to $5,000,000.

The winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prizes. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winners should immediately sign the back of their tickets to establish ownership.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 11, 2015
Ruther Glen woman matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5

Mary Woolfolk“I never thought I’d be the one to win this sort of prize!”

That’s how Mary Woolfolk reacted to winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. The Ruther Glen woman matched all five numbers in the May 30 Cash 5 day drawing.

She bought the winning ticket at Sunshine Mart, 8422 Ladysmith Road in Ruther Glen.

The winning numbers were 1-2-3-8-12. She selected her numbers using her grandchildren’s birthdays.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills.

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 $1.4 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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Jun 10, 2015
After trip to eye doctor, Virginia Beach woman can’t believe her eyes when she wins $100,000

Kimberly WebsterA trip to the eye doctor ended very well for Kimberly Webster when the Virginia Beach woman bought a Virginia Lottery ticket and won $100,000.

It happened when she stopped at Farm Fresh, 2129 General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach and bought a Winner Take All ticket. On the way home, she scratched the ticket while stopped at a red light.

“I can’t believe this!” was her reaction.

Winner Take All (Game #1538) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. This is the second top prize claimed in the game, which means eight $100,000 prizes have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.3.

Ms. Webster said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills.

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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Jun 10, 2015
Fredericksburg man wins $259,515 in 7-Eleven Scratcher game

Robbie AmmenRobert Ammen was on his way to get some work supplies when he stopped at a 7-Eleven along the way. While there, he bought a 7-Eleven Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When he scratched the ticket, he realized he’d won the top prize of $711 per day for a year.

The Fredericksburg man called his wife and exclaimed, “You’re not going to believe this!”

At first, he said she didn’t believe him, but he was able to convince her he wasn’t joking.

“I could hear her screaming on the phone,” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 10100 Southpoint Parkway in Fredericksburg. The prize was paid in a single check totaling $259,515 before taxes.

7-Eleven (game #1493) is a unique game from the Virginia Lottery. Not only does each ticket have a chance for prizes ranging from $7 to $711 per day for a year, but each ticket also wins a free fresh food or beverage item redeemable at participating Virginia 7-Eleven locations.

Mr. Ammen is the first top prize winner in the game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 163,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.94.

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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Jun 10, 2015
Chesterfield County man wins $3 million in one Mega Millions drawing
It’s a triple play for Don Wilson. The South Chesterfield man won the $1 million prize three times in the June 2 Mega Millions drawing. Each of those tickets matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.  In addition, two more of his tickets won $500 each, bringing his total winnings in that one drawing to $3,001,000.

The winning tickets were bought at the Kangaroo Express, 891 Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights. On June 10, Mr. Wilson received his check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 2-9-11-22-23 and the Mega Ball number was 12. Had any of his tickets matched all six numbers, he would have won part of a jackpot estimated at $260 million. Mr. Wilson said those numbers were selected because they correspond with family birthdays.

His two $500 winning tickets matched four of the first five numbers and did not match the Mega Ball number.

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. He’s philosophical about winning such a large prize.

“It’s only money,” he said. “There are more important things in life.”

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 03, 2015
Three Mega Millions tickets in Virginia win $1 million each; all bought at the same store!

Mega Millions VirginiaThree tickets in Virginia each won $1 million in last night’s Mega Millions drawing – and they were all bought at the same store!

Those three tickets each matched the first five numbers in the June 2 drawing. The only number they missed was the Mega Ball number.

All three tickets were bought at Kangaroo Express, 891 Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights.

The winning numbers for last night’s drawing were 2-9-11-22-23 and the Mega Ball number was 12. These three tickets were the only ones in Virginia to win Mega Millions’ second prize.

Whoever has these tickets has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner or winners should immediately sign the back of each ticket to establish ownership.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jun 02, 2015
Retired firefighter wins a smokin’ prize: $1 million from the Virginia Lottery

Francis Cook Jr.Francis Cook Jr. sat on a winning lottery ticket for three hours before discovering it was worth $1 million. The Yorktown man bought the Cash King ticket and stuck it in his back pocket.

Mr. Cook bought the winning ticket at Happy Shopper, 3323 Hampton Highway in Yorktown.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the 30-year annuity. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Cook, who served as a firefighter for both the U. S. Air Force and Hampton City, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Cash King is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means one million-dollar prize has yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.4.

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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Jun 02, 2015
A great visit to Virginia: Mississippi man wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery

Homer BeanIt was a visit to Virginia that Homer Bean isn’t likely to forget.

The Caledonia, Mississippi, man was in Newport News with his wife when they stopped at Miller Mart, 948 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, and bought a $1,000,000 Money Ball ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

The ticket ended up matching all five numbers in the May 30 drawing to win $100,000.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I had to take a blood pressure pill!”

The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-16-18-27-29. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Bean said he expects to use his winnings to pay bills and maybe travel.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jun 02, 2015
New Market woman takes the top prize: $150,000

Dhara DesaiDhara Desai won $150,000 in the 1990s. Actually, she won it in 2015. However, the game she won is the Virginia Lottery’s Throw Back to the 90s Scratcher, so you can say the 1990s had something do with it.

The winning ticket was bought at Shortstop, 146 West Old Cross Road in New Market.

This is the third top prize claimed in the Throw Back to the 90s Scratcher game, which means one $150,000 prize in this game remains unclaimed.

Throw Back to the 90’s (game #1529) is one of three “Throw Back” Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. The others are Throw Back to the 80s with a top prize of $50,000 and Throw Back to the 70s with a top prize of $25,000.

When asked how it feels to claim a top winning ticket, Ms. Desai replied, “Amazing! I think I lost my heartbeat!”

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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Jun 01, 2015
Dinwiddie County man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Michael Gholson“When I saw those numbers I was overwhelmed!”

That’s how Michael Gholson recalls the moment he realized he’d won the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Dinwiddie County man matched all five numbers with a ticket he bought at J. B.’s Grocery, 12404 Cox Road in Church Road. Those winning numbers were 3-7-11-24-32. He selected his numbers for the May 21 Cash 5 day drawing using his birthday and other favorite numbers.

Mr. Gholson said he hopes to use his winnings for home improvements.

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 $1.4 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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Jun 01, 2015
Norfolk man scratches to win $250,000

Rolly CausingWhen Rolly Causing showed his wife a Virginia Lottery ticket he’d just scratched, she could tell there was something unusual going on.

“Can you look at this?” the Norfolk man asked. “Is this real?”

It was real – and it was worth $250,000!

Mr. Causing won the top prize in the Triple Black Cherry Scratcher game. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 5359 East Princess Anne Road in Norfolk.

Triple Black Cherry is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the first top prize claimed in the game, which means two $250,000 prizes remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,713,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Causing said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills.

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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Jun 01, 2015
$100,000 win leaves Culpeper woman in “total shock”

Sandra McEwenSandra McEwen is a very lucky person. She matched all five numbers in the May 24 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

The Culpeper woman said she was in “total shock” when she realized she’d won.

She bought her winning ticket at West Side Groceries, 519 Sperryville Pike in Culpeper.

She selected the numbers on her ticket, 12-22-23-26-30, using her grandchildren’s birthdays.

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 $1.4 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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May 29, 2015
Carroll County teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award

Super Teacher Lucy NottinghamThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Lucy Nottingham is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Fourth grade teacher Lucy Nottingham received the award today in a surprise presentation at Laurel Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Lucy Nottingham is the eighth and last educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015.

“Mrs. Nottingham comes up with creative and fun ways to learn each topic. Students enjoy a wide variety of activities, which instills a love for learning in her students. Mrs. Nottingham's students know beyond a doubt that she cares for each of them and will do anything she can to help them be successful – in the classroom and beyond!”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Lucy Nottingham who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Carroll County Public Schools received more than $2 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 27, 2015
Chesterfield County teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award

Virginia HendricksThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Virginia Hendricks is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Second grade teacher Ms. Hendricks received the award today in a surprise presentation at Providence Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Virginia Hendricks is the seventh educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. One more surprise presentation will occur this spring. 

Ms. Hendricks has the distinct honor of being nominated by her sister who was a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher (from the Charlottesville area) in 2010! Here is what Analisa Herring had to say:

“Virginia has embraced engineering opportunities in her classroom for years. She has aligned curriculum with engineering modules in order to foster creativity in her room. You can find students in her classroom designing prototypes for testing and then redesigning in an attempt to problem-solve project flaws. It is through this process that Virginia is also teaching risk-taking and confidence-building. Virginia also allows students to demonstrate creativity by encouraging different ways of responding to curriculum according to learning styles.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Virginia Hendricks who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Chesterfield County Public Schools received more than $15 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 22, 2015
Williamsburg teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award

Jane Broe Super TeacherThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Jane Broe is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

A First grade teacher, Mrs. Broe received the award today in a surprise presentation at Matoaka Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Jane Broe is the sixth educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. Two more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

Here is what nominator Margarita Marinova had to say: “Mrs. Broe is a wonderful communicator. In addition to the weekly letter we receive from her every Thursday about what the students have been doing in class, she prepares monthly photo stories, which she shares with us on the class website. It is great to see the pictures of the children engaged in various tasks, as well as the products of their work proudly displayed on the classroom and school walls. She invites parents to participate in all of the class celebrations and share our special knowledge and experiences whenever possible.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Jane Broe who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

James City County Public Schools received more than $1,550,00 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 22, 2015
Lightning strikes again for Stephens City man

John JonesJohn Jones knows what it’s like to win a seven-figure amount in the Virginia Lottery. He’s done it twice now.

In December of 2006, the Stephens City man scratched to win the top prize in the Set for Life Scratcher game. His prize was the choice of $2,000 per week for the rest of his life or a $1.7 million cash option. He chose the cash option.

Now it’s happened again. On May 21, he walked into the Virginia Lottery’s Shenandoah Valley Customer Service Center with a winning 20X the Money Scratcher ticket. The prize this time was a choice between $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $537,393. Once again, he chose the cash option.

“Right now it’s overwhelming,” he said as he claimed his prize. “It’s just hard to believe this can happen again.”

Mr. Jones bought his latest winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 201 East Washington Street in Strasburg. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

20X the Money (game #1545) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. He is the first player to claim the $1 million top prize in game #1545. That means two top prizes have yet to be claimed in this game. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.55.

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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May 22, 2015
Truck driver hauls in a load of money: $100,000 from Virginia Lottery

John Hansberry“I was so overwhelmed. I was kind of speechless.”

That’s how John Hansberry recalls the moment he discovered he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game. The Capitol Heights, Maryland, man won $100,000 in the May 13 drawing.

He bought his winning ticket at Potomac Mills Sunoco, 14501 Gideon Drive in Woodbridge.

The winning numbers were 10-12-21-30-35. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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May 20, 2015
Norfolk man wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery’s Gold game

Charles DurrCharles Durr has had a lot of luck playing the Virginia Lottery. In fact, some people joke with him that someday he’ll win BIG.

Joke no longer. Mr. Durr won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Gold Scratcher game.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Harris-Teeter, 1320 Colonial Avenue in Norfolk.

“At first I didn’t want to believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “Inside you want to explode. I was out in the parking lot laughing.”

Mr. Durr had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $548,500 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Durr said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and maybe take a long-overdue vacation.

Gold is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means one million-dollar prize has yet to be claimed.

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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May 19, 2015
Fredericksburg man collects $100,000 Virginia Lottery prize

Richard GriceYou might excuse Richard Grice for not getting much sleep. He kept waking up and turning on the light to look at a certain lottery ticket he had next to his bed. The Winner Take All ticket from the Virginia Lottery was worth $100,000!

The Fredericksburg man bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 9825 Hospital Boulevard in Fredericksburg as he was driving home from work.

“I went to my car and scratched it, and there it was!” he said, recalling the moment he discovered he’d won. “I said, ‘This can’t be right.’”

Winner Take All (Game #1538) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. This is the first top prize claimed in the game, which means nine $100,000 prizes have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.3.

Mr. Grice said he hopes to use his winnings to pay bills and plan for retirement.

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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May 19, 2015
Rejected ticket wins $100,000 for Halifax woman

Annette CrewsAnnette Crews was standing in line at the convenience store, when the customer in front of her decided not to buy the Virginia Lottery ticket she had originally requested. So Ms. Crews decided to buy it so the clerk wouldn’t have to put the ticket back in the dispenser.

That ticket ended up winning $100,000.

It happened at Jiffy #15, 1006 L. P. Bailey Highway in South Boston. After buying the 10x the Money ticket, Ms. Crews tucked it in her purse and went to work without scratching it. When she finally did scratch it and discovered how much she’d won, her reaction was “shock and disbelief.”

10x the Money (Game #1484) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Ms. Crews is the fifth player to claim the $100,000 top prize game #1484, meaning there are three more top prizes that have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.29.

Ms. Crews said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, except to pay bills.

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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May 19, 2015
Falls Church teacher receives "Super Teacher" Award

Rory DippoldThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Rory Dippold is one of those teachers, and that’s why he was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Mr. Dippold, a 7th grade Civics and Social Studies teacher, received the award today in a surprise presentation at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Rory Dippold is the fifth educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. Three more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

Nominator Marybeth Connelly had this to say: “Mr. Dippold is tireless in his work to help students understand that Civics is an important part of their lives. He brings important topics to life in a memorable way. He connects school lessons to real life. He involves students in competitions like We the People and National History Day. He works with partners who have real-life experience in the curriculum topics. Attorneys help students prepare for mock trials. Elected officials give advice on class elections. Business owners provide insight on Business Day. History buffs help prepare for National History Day. Constitutional experts give insight into We the People.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Rory Dippold who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Falls Church City Public Schools received $149,475 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 19, 2015
Retired truck driver makes a big haul: $100,000 from Virginia Lottery

Carroll HeishmanCarroll Heishman is the latest $100,000 winner in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game. The Winchester man matched all five numbers in the May 6 drawing.

He bought the winning ticket at Bo’s Express, 3612 Valley Pike in Winchester.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 6-17-21-22-25. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to select the numbers on his ticket. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

The retired truck driver said he has no plans for his winnings, except to save up for a rainy day.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live on www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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May 15, 2015
Danville woman wins a “heart stopping” $100,000

Marian CothrenMarian Cothren has a routine. Every Saturday the Danville woman buys one $5 Virginia Lottery ticket and scratches it.

But that routine took an unusual turn when she bought a Jewel 7’s Scratcher ticket at Murphy USA, 474 Mount Cross Road in Danville. She started scratching the ticket and saw the first 7, meaning she’d won at least $10,000.

“My heart stopped,” she said.

Then she scratched the rest of the ticket and realized she’d won $100,000.

“Someone is trying to play a trick on me!” she thought.

She showed the ticket to a coworker, who confirmed she’d really won the top prize.

“I started flipping out!” she said.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Peridot Green like the one Ms. Cothren bought, Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, or Amethyst Purple.

She said she hopes to use her winnings to pay bills and do some home repairs.

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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May 15, 2015
Madison Heights woman wins wins wins $4 million prize in “Money Money Money” game

Jacqueline DuvallWhen Jacqueline Duvall scratched her Money Money Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, she saw a money bag icon, so she knew she’d won something. The Madison Heights woman thought maybe she’d won her money back and not much more, so she finished eating her lunch before scratching the rest of the ticket.

When she finally did scratch to reveal the amount she’d won, she saw something she’d never expected: the $4 million top prize.

“I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “It feels so surreal. It’s so unbelievable!”

She bought the winning ticket at Quik-E Foods #8, 4380 Waterlick Road in Forest. On May 15, she returned to the store to receive her check from the Virginia Lottery. She had a choice of taking the full $4 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,149,572 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

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

Money Money Money (game #1558) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 all the way up to that $4 million prize, including a $500,000 second prize. This is the first top prize claimed in the game, which means two $4 million winning tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.97.

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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May 14, 2015
Charlottesville teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award

Anne StraumeThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Anne Straume is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

A third grade teacher, Ms. Straume received the award today in a surprise presentation at Merriweather Lewis Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Anne Straume is the fourth educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. Four more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

Parent and nominator Kristin Streed had this to say about Ms. Straume: “She cultivates a positive and dynamic classroom environment that encourages curiosity, accountability, hard work and hands-on participation. She goes above and beyond in every area, every day. I am constantly astounded by her creativity, organization, passion, commitment. Ms. Straume is constantly coming up with creative, new ways to learn the current topic via music, drama, a webcast, an art project. She is living breathing proof that teachers do NOT have to ‘teach to a test,’ that it's possible to learn ‘requirements’ in fun, dynamic ways. The kids are busy and challenged with real learning, not busy work, and empowered to learn.”The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

  • Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
  • The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Anne Straume who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Albemarle County Public Schools received more than $3 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 12, 2015
Norfolk teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award

Super Teacher Ruth PrattisThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Ruth Prattis is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Mrs. Prattis received the award today in a surprise presentation at Camp Allen Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Ruth Prattis is the third educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. Five more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

Parent and nominator Cassandre Harmon says, “Mrs. Prattis always encourages and fosters the children’s imagination into their learning activities. When traditional methods of learning are not reaching her students, Mrs. Prattis will adjust her teaching technique for that student to reach him on his level, no matter what it takes. She will make learning new material easy and exciting for her students.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

  • Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
  • The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Ruth Prattis who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Norfolk City Public Schools received more than $29,000,000 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 11, 2015
Ashburn teacher receives "Super Teacher" Award

Sara ChristieThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Sara Christie is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Ms. Christie received the award today in a surprise presentation at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Sara Christie is the second educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. Six more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

Room parent and nominator, Jennifer Brody, says about Ms. Christie: “She talks about the class as a family and encourages positive behavior, not by pointing out negative behaviors, but by rewarding actions that benefit/show a family community of learners. She sends home reading book bags/journals tied to a theme or author that interests the children to encourage the excitement of reading all day long. She has centers that are hands-on and develop critical thinking skills and cooperation versus busy paperwork. She allows the children breaks to reenergize their minds with educational songs or a silly walk. She encourages sharing important events in their lives, greets each child every morning, and says goodbye to everyone.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction

* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU

* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education

* Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA

* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Sara Christie who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Loudon County Public Schools received $8,523,703 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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May 06, 2015
Big Stone Gap woman stops for a soft drink and ends up with $1 million winning ticket

Bessie HyltonAll Bessie Hylton wanted was a cola, but she ended up with a lot more.

The Big Stone Gap woman stopped at Black Diamond #7, 3441 Gilley Avenue East in Big Stone Gap. Along with the soft drink, she decided to get a The Color of Money Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

“I guess I was just in a scratching mood that day,” she laughed as she claimed her prize.

When she finally scratched the ticket a few hours later, she realized it was a top prize-winner.

“Naturally I just went to pieces,” she said.

She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

The Color of Money (game #1541) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. If features prizes ranging from $10 all the way up to $1 million. This is the first $1 million prize claimed in this game, which means two top prizes have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.11.

Ms. Hylton said she intends to invest her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 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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May 06, 2015
Fredericksburg man matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5

Timothy Redding“I didn’t believe it. I had to look at it five times!”

That’s how Timothy Redding of Fredericksburg recalled the moment he realized he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five numbers in the April 20 day drawing with a ticket he bought at Giant Food, 5701 Plank Road in Fredericksburg.

The winning numbers were 3-7-9-21-24. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The retiree said he had no immediate plans for his winnings.

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 $1.4 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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May 04, 2015
Salem teacher receives Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award

Super Teacher Sherri ShupeThere are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Sherri Shupe is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Mrs. Shupe received the award today in a surprise presentation at Andrew Lewis Middle School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.

This is the eighth year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, received more than 850 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Sherri Shupe is the first educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2015. Seven more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

“Mrs. Shupe consistently shows her passion and commitment on a daily basis. She routinely has at-risk students in her classroom in the mornings, so they have a place where they can get ready for the school day. Mrs. Shupe makes sure that she has snacks in her classroom for any student who comes to school without breakfast. She also is one of the few teachers who attends dances, sporting events, and after-school activities to show her support for the student body. Mrs. Shupe loves our school and the students.”

The 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Pembroke Elementary School

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how the teacher involves the students’ parents.

“We’re game for education, and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Sherri Shupe who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Salem City Public Schools received more than $1.4 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2014. Lottery dollars are funding programs, such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).

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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Apr 27, 2015
Virginia, Get Ready for Cash4Life® - offering the prize of a lifetime: $1,000 per day for life

Cash 4 LifeImagine receiving $1,000 every day for the rest of your life. That’s the top prize in Cash4Life®, which is coming to Virginia beginning May 3.

Cash4Life® is a draw game in which players try to match five out of 60 numbers, plus one out of four CashBall numbers. A player who matches all six numbers wins the top prize.

The second prize, for matching the first five numbers but not the CashBall number, is $1,000 per week for the rest of the winner’s life.

“We’re excited to offer Cash4Life® to Virginia Lottery players,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “The exciting top prize in this game has gone over well with players in other states. And of course, every Cash4Life® ticket bought in Virginia, win or lose, will help generate funds for K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.”

Cash4Life® will replace Decades of Dollars, which will end a successful four-year run in Virginia.

Cash4Life® is currently played in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Drawings are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by 8:45 p.m. to be included in that night’s drawing. Each play costs $2. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 21.8 million.  The odds of winning the second prize are 1 in 7.2 million.

If a winner prefers not to have a lifetime of prize payments, he or she can opt for a one-time cash option of $7 million for the top prize, or $1 million for the second prize.

Cash4Life® tickets will be available at all Virginia Lottery retailers beginning May 3, with the first drawing on May 4.

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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Apr 27, 2015
Henrico County couple wins $1 million playing Mega Millions
Sometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. When Charles Bibbs discovered he’d matched the first five numbers in the April 21 Mega Millions drawing, he figured he’d won $250,000, and he was excited about it.

“I had to look at the ticket twenty or thirty times,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

It turns out the Henrico man was wrong. He hadn’t won $250,000. His ticket was actually worth $1 million!

Mr. Bibbs bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 5200 Williamsburg Road in Henrico. On April 27 he and his wife Deborah 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.

The winning numbers were 31-33-35-41-69 and the Mega Ball number was 11. The only number he failed to match was the Mega Ball number. Had he matched all six numbers, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $65 million.

Mr. Bibbs was the only person in Virginia to win Mega Millions’ second prize in that drawing, and one of just three nationwide.

The auto mechanic said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Apr 24, 2015
Roanoke man wins $150,000 in Virginia Lottery game

Brandon JohnsonBrandon Johnson is a very lucky person. The Roanoke man scratched a Money Maker ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the game’s $150,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Happy Shopper, 931 Gus Nicks Boulevard NE in Roanoke.

Mr. Johnson told Lottery officials he couldn’t believe it when he first scratched the ticket and saw that he’d won. He said he plans to save for the future and possibly start a business website.

Money Maker is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $150,000. Mr. Johnson is the second top-prize winner in the game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.29.

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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Apr 24, 2015
Mechanicsville man wins $100,000 in Jewel 7’s game

Woodford DavisSome people like to play Scratcher games in which they’ve seen a lot of winners. Not Woodford Davis. When the Mechanicsville man went to the 7-Eleven at 8025 Old Mechanicsville Pike, he asked for a game in which the clerk had not seen a lot of recent winners.

The tactic worked. His Jewel 7’s ticket won $100,000.

As he claimed his prize, Mr. Davis said winning such an exciting prize was not that big a deal to him.

“I just happened to be the one who got it,” he said.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Peridot Green like the one Mr. Davis scratched, Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue or Amethyst Purple. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 459,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.27.

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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Apr 23, 2015
Virginia Lottery forms unique partnership with The Home Depot® - Lottery players can scratch their way to room/home makeovers or great cash prizes

Home Depot Scratcher TicketThe Virginia Lottery and The Home Depot® have constructed a partnership filled with cash prizes, room makeovers and even a $100,000 home makeover. The project is built around the $100,000 Home Changer Scratcher game from the Virginia Lottery, featuring The Home Depot® logo on every ticket.

The Scratcher game offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. But like any good construction project, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. If a ticket is not a winner, it can be entered in the Virginia Lottery’s $100,000 Home Changer Scratcher Promotion for the chance to win a $100,000 cash prize, a $100,000 home makeover, five $25,000 room makeovers, or The Home Depot® gift cards worth $500 each.

“There are so many ways to win this game,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We think this partnership with The Home Depot® is a great way to connect with a new audience in a new way as we generate funds for K-12 education in the Commonwealth.”

The $100,000 Home Changer Scratcher is available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $5 a ticket. The odds of scratching to win the top prize are 1 in 1,285,200. The odds of winning any prize in the Scratcher game are about 1 in 4.

Players can enter non-winning tickets in the $100,000 Home Changer Scratcher Promotion through September 23. Entries can be mailed or submitted via the Virginia Lottery’s website: www.valottery.com. The drawing will be held September 30.

But there’s even more! Between now and May 31, players who buy $10 worth of Powerball or Mega Millions on a single ticket get an entry form for the $100,000 Home Changer Mega Power Promotion. On June 17, one of those entries will be drawn for a $100,000 home makeover.

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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Apr 22, 2015
Mega Millions ticket bought in Henrico County wins $1 million

Mega Millions logoCheck your tickets! Somewhere there is a ticket from the April 21 Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million.  It was bought at 7-Eleven, 5200 Williamsburg Road in Richmond (Henrico County).

The winning numbers for last night’s drawing were 31-33-35-41-69 and the Mega Ball number was 11. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. Had the ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won the jackpot.

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 804-692-7777.

Since no ticket matched all six numbers in last night’s drawing, the jackpot now stands at an estimated $74 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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Apr 16, 2015
Virginia Beach woman wins $3 million prize in “$3,000,000 Silver Spectacular”
Patty McCune was on her way to work when she stopped by a 7-Eleven. The Virginia Beach woman bought a $3,000,000 Silver Spectacular ticket from the Virginia Lottery and took it out to her car to scratch it. She returned a moment later with the ticket in her hand. It was a $3 million winner!

“I just started shaking,” she said. “I called my mom and she thought I was joking.”

The next day, April 16, she returned to the store, located at 4904 Haygood Road in Virginia Beach, to receive her check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. She had a choice of taking the full $3 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $1,612,179 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

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

And what did Ms. McCune do after discovering she’d won the top prize? She went in to work.

“I had to calm down a little bit,” she laughed.

$3,000,000 Silver Spectacular is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 all the way up to that $3 million prize. This is the first top prize claimed in the game, which means two $3 million winning tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize, including a breakeven prize, are 1 in 2.96.

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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Apr 14, 2015
A very successful business trip to Virginia -

John ThompsonA successful business trip doesn’t usually include winning the lottery – but don’t tell that to John Thompson.

The Graham, North Carolina, man was on his way to Lynchburg on business when he stopped at Express Lane, 1562 Main Street in Altavista, and bought a  $1,000,000 Money Ball ticket. When he woke up a few days later and checked the numbers, he discovered he’d won $100,000.

“I glanced at it and saw I’d matched all five numbers,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I was very surprised.”

The winning numbers for the April 8 drawing were 7-16-21-25-30. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to select the numbers on his ticket. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Thompson said he comes to Virginia several times a year on business and he usually buys a few tickets along the way.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Apr 14, 2015
Virginia Beach man wins big money in Big Winning Numbers game

Elisha EvansElisha Evans is a very lucky person. He won $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Big Winning Numbers game.

It happened when he bought some Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets at the 7-Eleven at 4660 Princess Anne Road in Norfolk.

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

Big Winning Numbers (game #1489) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $250,000. Mr. Evans is the third top prize winner in the game, which means two top prize tickets 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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Apr 09, 2015
The first lottery ticket he ever bought wins $250,000

Jose RiveraHow’s this for beginner’s luck? Jose Rivera says he had never bought a lottery ticket in his life before he played the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Jackpot Doubler game. That first ticket just happened to win the game’s $250,000 top prize.

It happened when the Mint Hill, North Carolina, man was visiting a friend in Northern Virginia. They stopped by Dollar Power, 7012 Commerce Street in Springfield. Mr. Rivera decided to follow the lead of his friend, who likes to play the Virginia Lottery. He wasn’t sure what to do, so his friend helped him scratch the ticket.

“He said, ‘You win!’” Mr. Rivera recalled as he claimed his prize. “I didn’t believe that.”

The hospital chaplain said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to pay bills.

$250,000 Jackpot Doubler (game #1523) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $250,000. Mr. Rivera is the fourth top prize winner in the game, which means three top 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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Apr 06, 2015
Lightning strikes again – 11 years later – for Berryville man

George RutherfordGeorge Rutherford had a great stroke of luck in August, 2004, when he won $100,000 in a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Nearly 11 years later, he won that amount again. The Berryville man won $100,000 in the April 1, 2015, $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing.

He bought his latest winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 700 Fieldstone Drive in Leesburg. The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-4-10-12-23.

“When I saw I had them all, I had to double check and then triple-check,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Rutherford said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. He said he used his previous winnings to pay for his children’s educations.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Apr 06, 2015
“I looked and I looked and I looked again.” - Roanoke man wins $100,000

Peter NaderPeter Nader couldn’t believe it when he saw he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I looked and I looked and I looked again,” the Roanoke man said as he claimed his prize. “I wanted to keep calm. I thought, ‘Maybe I’m wrong.’”

There was no mistake. He won the top prize in the March 31 Cash 5 night drawing with the numbers 4-20-23-27-32. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2723 West Main Street in Salem.

He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

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 $1.4 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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Apr 06, 2015
Herndon man “went nuts” after discovered he’d won $100,000

William HuffWilliam Huff was on his way to work when he bought a $1,000,000 Money Ball ticket from the Virginia Lottery. A few days later, the Herndon man sat down at home with a cup of coffee and checked to see if he’d won anything. That’s when he discovered he’d won $100,000.

“I went nuts,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I ran in and showed my wife.”

He matched all five numbers in the March 28 drawing with a ticket he bought at Leesburg Pike Shell, 8411 Leesburg Pike in Vienna. Those winning numbers were 13-20-23-27-28.

He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Apr 06, 2015
She went out for groceries and returned with a $500,000 winning ticket

Kathy CondoraAll Kathy Condora wanted was some groceries. The Midlothian woman was in Martins Food Market at 13700 Hull Street Road in Midlothian, and discovered she had some money left over.

“I decided to take a chance,” she later said.

She bought a $3,000,000 Jackpot Scratcher ticket and took it home with her groceries. When she scratched it, she discovered she’d won $500,000.

“I screamed,” she said. “My poor kitten didn’t know what was going on.”

In $3,000,000 Jackpot, $500,000 is actually the second prize. The game’s top prize is $3 million. Ms. Condora is the game’s second $500,000 winner, which means four half-million-dollar tickets remain unclaimed. All four $3 million tickets remain unclaimed.

She’s not the only winner. 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 $1.4 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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Mar 27, 2015
Luck of the Irish falls on St. Patrick’s Day for Petersburg woman

Sallie LynchWhat better day than St. Patrick’s Day for a stroke of good luck? That’s what Sallie Lynch of Petersburg enjoyed when she won the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5  game.

She bought her winning ticket at Cedar Heart Market, 25722 Cox Road in Petersburg.

The winning numbers for the March 17 night drawing were 8-15-20-27-31. She matched all five numbers using family birthdays.

Her ticket was one of seven $100,000 winners in that drawing. The other six were claimed by Robin Stevens, who is a former co-worker of Ms. Lynch. In fact, it was Ms. Stevens who taught her how to play Cash 5!

Ms. Lynch, who is retired from the U. S. Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, said she plans to take her family on a cruise.

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 $1.4 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 2015. 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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Mar 27, 2015
New Kent County man wins $225,000 in Joker’s Jackpot game

Marvin HerbrichAll weekend long, Marvin Herbich had a Scratcher ticket in his pocket. Wherever he went, the ticket stayed with him. That’s because the Lanexa man knew the ticket was worth $225,000.

Finally, when Monday morning came, he was able to redeem the winning ticket with the Virginia Lottery.

Mr. Herbich bought the winning Joker’s Jackpot ticket at Lanexa Plaza, 15081 Pocahontas Trail in Lanexa.

The retired U. S. Marine said he intends to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage.

Joker’s Jackpot (game #1524) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $225,000. Mr. Herbich is the second top prize winner in the game, which means one top prize remains 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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Mar 27, 2015
Restaurant owner wins a hot prize: $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Dawit DestaIf you had seen Dawit Desta at the moment he discovered he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, you probably wouldn’t have known anything unusual had happened. The Woodbridge man simply walked out of the store like nothing had happened.

He matched all five numbers in the March 19 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. Those winning numbers were 4-18-20-19-31.

He bought the winning ticket at Rite Aid, 2820 Columbia Pike in Arlington. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The restaurant owner said he may use his winnings to help open another restaurant.

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 $1.4 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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Mar 27, 2015
Martinsville military veteran wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game

Johnny Lemons, Sr.As Johnny Lemons ran his hand across the display where Virginia Lottery $20 Scratchers are kept, he glanced over to the area displaying $100 Million Cash Extravaganza. It jiggled so he decided to purchase that ticket. Lo and behold, it was a winner!

Lemons is retired and proud of his 23 years of service in the military and a career with the City of Martinsville that spans 22 years. He said he plans to use his newly won money to pay off his debt and help his children.

 “I still can’t get it in my brain. It just hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Lemons while claiming his prize.

$100 Million Cash Extravaganza (game #1467) is one of many of the Virginia Lottery’s Scratcher games.  The prizes offered in this $20 game are huge! There are over 200,000 possible prizes including four $4,000,000 top prizes!

This wasn’t the only lucky occurrence for the Lemons family. In addition to this win, Lemons’ wife won two tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Series races being held in Martinsville this weekend. Talk about good fortune!

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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Mar 26, 2015
Fredericksburg woman scores in Redskins Game Face Promotion

Carol KiefferWhen is a losing lottery ticket worth $100,000? When it’s the top prize winner in the Virginia Lottery’s Redskins Game Face Promotion.

Carol Kieffer of Fredericksburg found that out. Whenever she scratched a Redskins Game Face Scratcher ticket, and it didn’t win a prize, she entered that ticket in the promotion. She said she was hoping she might win Redskins season tickets.  When the drawing was held on March 11, she didn’t win the tickets.  Instead, she won the $100,000 grand prize.

“This stuff doesn’t happen to me!” she exclaimed when Lottery officials told her she’d won.

Her winning ticket was one of nearly 230,000 non-winning tickets entered in the March 11 drawing.  It was the last of five drawings in the Redskins Game Face Promotion. The prizes awarded in previous drawings include 2015 Redskins premium club season tickets, VIP Fly-Away experiences for two with the team to away games, pairs of tickets to individual home games at FedExField, and Redskins gift cards.

So, who won those sets of 2015 Redskins season tickets that Ms. Kieffer had initially hoped to win?
* Ellen Tydings of Timberville
* Michael Thompson of Woodbridge
* Melvin Matherly of Axton

There’s still one more way to win $100,000 in Redskins Game Face. The Scratcher game has one top prize ticket unclaimed.  It’s one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. This exciting game features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $100,000.

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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Mar 26, 2015
A second look makes a $100,000 difference for one Sterling woman

Victorina GarciaPlaying Virginia Lottery Scratcher games is a normal routine for Victorina Garcia of Sterling. Recently, though, her routine became quite different. After the part-time house cleaner bought a Jewel 7’s ticket, she noticed that it was a winner - a $100 winner. After a second look, and with the help of someone nearby, she realized that it was actually the game’s top prize of $100,000!

Garcia bought the winning ticket at Shopper’s Food Grocery, 47100 Community Plaza in Sterling.  She hid the ticket under her bed before redeeming it at the Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge.

Ms. Garcia says she is still in shock from winning such a large prize. She plans to pay off some bills and then just save some for a rainy day. Even after hitting it big like this, Garcia says she will continue to play and have fun with Virginia Lottery games. 

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Peridot Green like the one Ms. Garcia bought, Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, or Amethyst Purple.

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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Mar 26, 2015
“No, I did not hit the Lottery!” - Fredericksburg woman can’t believe she won $100,000

Bessie BradleySometimes it’s a good thing to be wrong. Just ask Bessie Bradley. When her boyfriend told her she’d won big in the Virginia Lottery, she replied, “No, I did not hit the Lottery!”

But she was wrong. She’d won $100,000 in $1,000,000 Money Ball.

The Fredericksburg woman matched all five numbers in the March 18 drawing. She bought her winning ticket at Food Lion, 10611 Courthouse Road in Fredericksburg.

The winning numbers were 5-11-18-19-31. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

“I still can’t believe it!” she said as she claimed her prize.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Mar 24, 2015
Virginia Beach electrician wins a shocking prize: $1 million

Richard HawkesRichard Hawkes said his initial reaction when he discovered he’d won $1 million in the Virginia Lottery’s Casino Cash game was, “shocked.” That’s an appropriate reaction from an electrician.

“I had to check it maybe three or four times,” the Virginia Beach man said.

He bought his winning ticket at Food Lion, S 415 Centerville Turnpike in Chesapeake.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Hawkes held on to the winning ticket for a few weeks before claiming it, in order to make financial plans. During that time, the only people he told about his stroke of luck was his immediate family.

“They couldn’t believe it, so I showed them,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Casino Cash (game #1519) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. The top prize is $2.5 million. The $1 million prize that Mr. Hawkes won is actually the game’s second prize. This is the second $1 million prize claimed in this game, which means two $1 million prizes have yet to be claimed. Two $2.5 million prizes have yet to be claimed.

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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Mar 24, 2015
A winning ticket on Friday the 13th - Virginia Beach man wins $155,000

David MeekerIf you think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, say “hello” to David Meeker. The Virginia Beach man won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Hit $155,000 Scratcher game with a ticket bought on that “unlucky” day.

His wife bought the winning ticket at Harris Teeter, 5060 Ferrell Parkway in Virginia Beach.

Mr. Meeker, who is a restaurant owner, had one specific thing in mind when he was asked what he’d do with the winnings.

“My family and I are going to Disney World. Really!” he said.

Hit $155,000 features prizes ranging from $5 up to $155,000. This is the first $155,000 prize claimed, which mean two top prizes in this game remain unclaimed.

In addition, players can enter non-winning Hit $25,000, Hit $55,000 or Hit $155,000 tickets in the Hit it Big Time! Promotion. You could instantly win daily gift cards worth $25, $50, or $75.  Or you could Hit It Big Time! with a chance to win a cash prize of $25,000, $55,000, or even $155,000 in the September 2 drawing.

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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Mar 19, 2015
Six tickets = $600,000 in the same drawing for North Chesterfield woman

Robin StevensWhat did you do on St. Patrick’s Day? Robin Stevens won $600,000!

The North Chesterfield woman bought six tickets for the March 17 Cash 5  night drawing. She selected the same five numbers for each of those tickets: 8-15-20-27-31. When those turned out to be the winning numbers, each of her six tickets won $100,000.

She bought the first ticket at Food Lion, 7032 Commons Plaza Drive in Chesterfield. But she said she had such a good feeling about those numbers that she went and bought five more tickets at the 7-Eleven at 4320 Centralia Road in Chester.

“I told my husband, ‘I just have this feeling I need to play the Lottery,’” she said as she redeemed her six winning tickets.

When she got home after buying the tickets, her daughter showed her a four-leaf clover she’d found at work.

Ms. Stevens, who is retired from the Army and is now working on a master’s program, said she intends to use her winnings to pay off student loans.

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 $1.4 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 2015. 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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Mar 18, 2015
Horticulturist wins a lot of green: $250,000 from Virginia Lottery

Abubakarr JallohIf you had been in the store when Abubakarr Jalloh won $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Jackpot Doubler game, you might not have known it.

“I just put the ticket in my pocket and walked out,” the Lorton man said as he claimed his prize.

He won the game’s top prize with a ticket he bought at Giant Food, 9550 Burke Road in Burke.

The Horticulturist said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

$250,000 Jackpot Doubler (game #1523) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $250,000. This is the third top prize to be claimed in this game, which means four top 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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Mar 18, 2015
Cook wins a sizzling prize from the Virginia Lottery: $250,000

Luis Barahona RivasYou might say Luis Barahona Rivas is a pretty lucky guy. The Fairfax man stopped by Shoppers on Main Street in Fairfax, bought a Bankroll Doubler Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery, and won the game’s $250,000 top prize.

“I didn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I didn’t say anything. I’m still in shock.”

BankrollDoubler features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the sixth and final top prize claimed, which means the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the final top prize is claimed.

Mr. Rivas, who works as a cook, 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 $1.4 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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Mar 13, 2015
Visitor to Virginia wins $125,000 in Lucky Numbers game

Natasha BarnesNatasha Barnes will probably remember her visit to Virginia for some time. The Mayfield Heights, Ohio woman bought a Lucky Numbers Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the $125,000 top prize.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1328 Kempsville Road in Chesapeake.

Lucky Numbers is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $125,000. Ms. Barnes is the second player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are four unclaimed $125,000 prizes remaining.

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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Mar 13, 2015
Palmyra man wins $150,000 in "Triple the Money" game

John BarlowWhen John Barlow showed his friend a Virginia Lottery ticket he had just scratched, the Palmyra man deliberately kept his thumb over the prize amount.

“Don’t freak out!” he said, removing his thumb to reveal the $150,000 prize.

Mr. Barlow won the top prize in the Triple the Money game with a ticket he bought at Kidd’s Store, 8469 West River Road in Scottsville.

“I was ecstatic,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Triple the Money features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. He is the fifth and final player to claim the $150,000 top prize in the game. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the final top prize is claimed.

Mr. Barlow, who works in construction, said he plans to save his winnings and maybe buy a new truck.

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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Mar 13, 2015
Teamwork: Brother and sister-in-law win $100,000

Carol Pajak & Louis DifrancescoCarol Pajak of Buchanan teamed up with her brother-in-law, Louis Difrancesco of Wilmington, North Carolina, to win the $100,000 prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

Their ticket matched all five numbers in the March 4 drawing. The winning ticket was bought at Happy Food Mart 1, located at 17664 Main Street in Buchanan.

The winning numbers were 11-12-27-33-35. Ms. Pajak said she didn’t immediately believe her luck when she saw the winning numbers.

“It took me ten times to convince myself I wasn’t out of my mind,” Ms. Pajak said as they claimed the prize.

The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Mar 12, 2015
Would you throw away $100,000?

Virginia Lottery Cash 5Would you leave $100,000 lying around on your coffee table for anyone to grab? Probably not.  But one Virginia Lottery player may be doing just that.

Someone bought a ticket for the September 26, 2014, Cash 5 drawing at 7-Cities, 3333 Portsmouth Blvd. in Portsmouth. That ticket turned out to be a $100,000 winner. But so far, no one has come forward to claim the prize.

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. That means this ticket will become worthless at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on March 25, unless the winner comes forward.

The winning numbers were 3-9-22-25-28. The ticket matched all five numbers. The person who has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 757-825-7800.
All Virginia Lottery unclaimed prize money goes to the state Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding. Since its inception in 1988, the Lottery has transferred more than $244 million in unclaimed prizes to Virginia’s Literary Fund.
Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize in Cash 5 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 $1.4 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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Mar 11, 2015
Fluvanna County man claims $2 million Powerball prize

When David Vaughan saw on TV that someone had won $2 million with a Powerball ticket bought in nearby Palmyra, he thought, “Isn’t that amazing?”

The Fork Union man didn’t realize that the winning ticket was in his wallet at that very moment.

Mr. Vaughan matched the first five numbers in the March 4 Powerball drawing, missing only the Powerball number. Normally that would win $1 million. But he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought his ticket. Power Play increased the prize to $2 million.

When he discovered he had the winning ticket, he didn’t tell anyone at first. Then early the next morning, he told his wife.

“Are you kidding?” she shouted. “You hit that Powerball?”

Mr. Vaughan bought the winning ticket at E. W. Thomas Grocery in Palmyra. On March 11, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. The store also received a check for $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 8-12-15-35-50, and the Powerball number was 32.  He used Easy Pick, letting the computer randomly select the numbers on his ticket. His ticket was the only one in the nation to win $2 million in the March 4 drawing. Six other tickets nationwide matched the first five numbers, but they didn’t use Power Play like Mr. Vaughan, so they each won $1 million.

What does the retiree plan to do with his winnings?

“I’m going fishing,” he said. “And I’m not going to tell you where.”

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

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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Mar 06, 2015
Carrollton man wins $1 million prize in 20X the Money Scratcher game

William HanleyIt’s not that William Hanley wasn’t excited when he discovered he’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s 20X the Money Scratcher game. He just didn’t want to make a fuss.

“I looked at it and I didn’t believe it, so I looked at it again,” the Carrollton man said as he claimed his prize.

Then he quietly put the ticket in his pocket and walked out of the store.

Mr. Hanley bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 12341 Washington Highway in Ashland. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $766,500 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

The retiree said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

20X the Money (game #1474) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. He is the third and final player to claim the $1 million top prize in the game. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the final top prize is claimed.

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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Mar 06, 2015
“Something just told me to get that ticket.” - Chesapeake woman wins $150,000 in Money Maker Scratcher game

Dara RoeDara Roe hadn’t intended to play the Virginia Lottery’s Money Maker game.  The Chesapeake woman was in the Super Kmart on First Colonial Road in Virginia Beach when she spotted the Scratcher game.

“Something just told me to get that ticket,” she said as she claimed her prize.

She took the ticket out to her car to scratch it, and quickly discovered she’d won the $150,000 top prize.

“I just called my mom immediately and started screaming,” she said.

Money Maker is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $150,000. Ms. Roe is the first top prize winner in the game, which means two top 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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Mar 06, 2015
Mechanicsville woman takes the top prize: $150,000

Judith DigonJudith Digon won $150,000 in the 1990s. Actually, she won it a few days ago. However, the game she won is the Virginia Lottery’s Throw Back to the 90s Scratcher, so you can say the 90s had something do with it.

She bought the winning ticket at John’s Super Market, 2017 East Nine Mile Road in Sandston.

Throw Back to the 90’s (game #1529) is one of three “Throw Back” Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. The others are Throw Back to the 80s with a top prize of $50,000 and Throw Back to the 70s with a top prize of $25,000.

This is the second top prize claimed in the Throw Back to the 90s Scratcher game, which means two $150,000 prizes in this game remain unclaimed.

In addition, players can enter non-winning Throw Back to the 70s, 80s, or 90s Scratchers online for a chance to win cash card prizes instantly. In the Throw Back Promotion, players can submit a complete set of each Throw Back Scratcher for a chance to win a prize of $70,000, $80,000, or $90,000.

Ms. Digon said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, although she’s thinking about a new refrigerator.

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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Mar 05, 2015
Powerball ticket bought in Palmyra wins $2 million

PowerballOf the more than 10,000 winning tickets bought in Virginia for the March 4 Powerball drawing, one stands out. That ticket matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number.  Normally that would win $1 million. The person who bought that ticket, however, spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he or she bought it. Power Play doubled the prize to $2 million.

So now the question is: Who has that ticket?

The winning ticket was bought at E. W. Thomas, Inc., 13027 James Madison Highway in Palmyra. The winning numbers were 8-12-15-35-50 and the Powerball number was 32.

Whoever has this winning 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 prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

This ticket was the only one in the nation to win the $2 million prize in last night’s drawing. No ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing grows to an estimated $100 million.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Mar 02, 2015
Woodbridge man scratches his way to winning $150,000 with Throw Back to the 90’s Scratcher

Darren McEwanDarren McEwan was on his way home from work when he decided to stop at the Shell Food Mart on 5757 Seminary Road in Alexandria to cash in some previous winners.

Mr. McEwan, who says he plays the Lottery occasionally, decided to buy a Throw Back to the 90s Scratcher while he was at the store.

“At first I thought it won $10,” he explained while he claimed his prize. After he realized he had just won $150,000, he said, “I was just so excited. I couldn’t believe it.”

Throw Back to the 90’s (game #1529) is one of three “Throw Back” Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. The others are Throw Back to the 80s with a top prize of $50,000 and Throw Back to the 70s with a top prize of $25,000.

This is the first top prize claimed in the Throw Back to the 90s Scratcher game, which means three $150,000 prizes in this game remain unclaimed.

In addition, players can enter non-winning Throw Back to the 70s, 80s, or 90s Scratchers online for a chance to win cash card prizes instantly. In the Throw Back Promotion, players can submit a complete set of each Throw Back Scratcher for a chance to win a prize of $70,000, $80,000, or $90,000.

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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Feb 26, 2015
Virginia Lottery encourages support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month with “Play Responsibly” Public Service Announcement

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month logoThe Virginia Lottery is marking National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 2015, by reissuing a public service announcement (PSA) for television and radio, encouraging responsible play.

The PSA, titled “Play Responsibly,” promotes the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline, which assists people who think they or loved ones may have a gambling problem.  It emphasizes that a problem gambler can make a positive change by seeking help.

Along with this PSA and others promoting responsible play and problem gambling awareness, the Virginia Lottery has produced Play Responsibly brochures and a problem gambling awareness instructional video for employees.

The Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline is a toll-free number, (888) 532-3500, created and supported by the Lottery.  Helpline operators can answer questions and provide callers with information and referrals such as Gamblers Anonymous chapters in Virginia. All Virginia Lottery tickets and most printed advertising materials contain the phone number. 

Along with funding the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline, the Lottery maintains a “Play Responsibly” page on its Web site, with information and links to the National Council on Problem Gambling and Gamblers Anonymous.

To show its support of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Virginia Lottery product advertising on television and radio is suspended during the week of March 1-7.

Although most people can play games of chance without ill effects, there are some for whom gambling can be harmful.  That is why the message from the Lottery is simple: have fun and play responsibly.

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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Feb 25, 2015
Waynesboro man wins $1 million prize in All About the Benjamins game

Erlys Leon HernandezLeon Hernandez had intended to get a bite to eat. But then something happened that caused him to lose his appetite. The Waynesboro man won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s All About the Benjamins Scratcher game.

He bought the winning ticket at Kings Market, 80 King Avenue in Waynesboro.

Mr. Hernandez had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

He said he had no immediate plans for his winnings.

All About the Benjamins is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means three million-dollar prizes have yet to be claimed.

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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Feb 25, 2015
On Friday the 13th, Warrenton man wins $100,000

Joseph RandallSome people think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Not Joseph Randall. That’s the day the Warrenton man won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery.

“It was my lucky day!” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Randall won the top prize in the Jewel 7’s Scratcher game.

He bought his winning ticket at Rite Aid, 7395 Lee Highway in Falls Church. When he scratched the ticket and realized he’d won big, he didn’t make a fuss.

“I immediately put it in my pocket and walked out of the store,” he said.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond Yellow like the one Mr. Randall bought, Topaz Blue, Peridot Green or Amethyst Purple.

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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Feb 25, 2015
New Kent County woman wins $4 million prize in $4 Million Mega Multiplier

Brenda MaxeyYou might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on February 14.

She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’”

She had a choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,149,572. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

$4 Million Mega Multiplier features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. This is the second top-prize ticket claimed in this game, which means two $4 million tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, three $1 million second-prize tickets 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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Feb 25, 2015
Warrenton man wins a jewel of a prize in Jewel 7’s game

Dennis MinterImagine knowing you have a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000 folded up in your wallet. Dennis Minter of Warrenton didn’t have to imagine it. After he won the top prize in the Jewel 7’s Scratcher game, he signed the ticket and quietly tucked it away.

He bought the winning ticket at Nick’s Market & Deli, 133 West Shirley Avenue in Warrenton. Then he saved the ticket for a few days before redeeming it at the Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge.

Mr. Minter, who is a home remodeler, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Peridot Green like the one Mr. Minter bought, Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, or Amethyst Purple.

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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Feb 25, 2015
Cook wins a sizzling prize in Virginia Lottery: $225,000

Luis MendozaLuis Mendoza was on his way to work when he stopped for gas. He had some leftover change, so he decided to play a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Trouble is, the store was out of the game he wanted to play, so he bought the ticket next to it. That ticket ended up winning $225,000.

“I didn’t know what to do!” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Mendoza bought the winning Joker’s Jackpot ticket at Tiger Market and Bakery, 3903 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

The Silver Spring, Maryland, man works as a cook in Virginia. He said he might use his winnings to start his own business.

Joker’s Jackpot (game #1524) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $225,000. Mr. Mendoza is the first top prize winner in the game, which means two top 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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Feb 20, 2015
“I just felt kind of lucky.” - Chesterfield County man wins $1 million prize
Timothy WhiteTimothy White might have had a premonition that something good was about to happen.

“I just felt kind of lucky,” the Moseley man recalled.

He stopped at Mayas Market at 16910 Hull Street Road and played the Virginia Lottery’s 20X the Money game. When he scratched the ticket, he realized he’d won the $1 million prize.

“It was jaw-dropping,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $766,500 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.  

Mr. White, who works in flooring installation, said he had no immediate plans for his winnings.

20X the Money (game #1474) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. White is the second $1 million winner in game #1474, which means one top prize remains 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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Feb 20, 2015
Hampton man is right on the money to win $1 million
Robert JonesWhy did Robert Jones of Hampton choose to play the Virginia Lottery’s Right on the Money Scratcher game? Because he says he likes the name.

And he was right on the money when he bought a ticket at Denbigh Food Mart on Denbigh Boulevard in Hampton. He scratched it and discovered he’d won the $1 million prize.

“I did a fist pump and ran around the store,” he told Virginia Lottery officials when he claimed his prize.

What did the other customers think when they saw that?

“They were wondering why this crazy fool was running around the store!” he laughed.

Mr. Jones had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $645,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.  

Right on the Money features prizes ranging from $20 up to $2.5 million. Mr. Jones is the ninth player to claim the second prize in Right on the Money, which means one $1 million ticket remains unclaimed. One $2.5 million ticket also remains unclaimed.

After redeeming his ticket, the truck owner/operator said, “I can get some sleep now.”

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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Feb 13, 2015
Woodbridge woman discovered she’s had $100,000 ticket for five months

Geleta MamituFor five months, Mamitu Geleta had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000 in her possession, and she didn’t know it!

The Woodbridge woman matched all five numbers in the September 1 drawing in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. But she said she didn’t check the winning numbers until February 1. Fortunately, the ticket had not yet expired, so she was able to claim her $100,000 prize.

She bought the winning ticket at Shell, 8015 Lorton Road in Lorton. The winning numbers were 3-6-11-12-34. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select numbers on her ticket.

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 $1.4 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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Feb 13, 2015
Airline technician soars to $100,000 win in Cash 5 game

Yemane TsegaiYemane Tsegai isn’t likely to forget the numbers 2, 10, 15, 29 and 34 any time soon. Those were the numbers with which the Alexandria man won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five winning numbers in the February 5 Cash 5 night drawing. He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3827 South George Mason in Bailey’s Crossroad.

He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The airline technician said he hopes to use his winnings to pay for his son’s college education.

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 $1.4 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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Feb 13, 2015
Yorktown man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Charles CuthrellCharles Cuthrell was shocked when he discovered he had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000.

“I told my wife and she couldn’t believe it either,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The Yorktown man matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the top prize. He bought the winning ticket for the February 5 night drawing at the ABC Store at 5226 George Washington Highway in Grafton.

The winning numbers were 2-10-15-29-34. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

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

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 $1.4 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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Feb 12, 2015
Virginia Beach man hits the trifecta; Three tickets in the same drawing = $300,000

Wayne DeffilyWayne Deffily is no stranger to winning big in the Virginia Lottery. In February of 2014 he won $100,000 in Cash 5. Now the Virginia Beach man has done it again – three times over!

He matched all five numbers in the February 9 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize. But this time he had three tickets in that drawing, all with the same winning numbers. So his total winnings came to $300,000.

“I said to the clerk, ‘I think I won some money,’” Mr. Deffily said, describing the moment her realized he’d won.

He bought all three winning tickets at the 7-Eleven at 3620 South Plaza Trail in Virginia Beach, the same store at which he bought his winning ticket a year ago. He also picked the same numbers in each drawing: 2-5-8-10-11. He said he chose those numbers because they reflect important family dates.

Mr. Deffily said he hopes to use his winnings to buy a new house.

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 $1.4 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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Feb 12, 2015
Powerball jackpot run generates $14.4 million for K-12 public schools in Virginia; Eleven tickets in Virginia win $10,000 prize

PowerballAlthough the jackpot-winning tickets in the February 11 Powerball drawing were not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefitted from the excitement. During the 21 drawings of the jackpot run that began in November and ended with Wednesday night’s drawing, sales of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated approximately $14.4 million in profit. By law, all of that profit goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.
 
In last night's drawing alone, more than 158,000 Powerball tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes 11 tickets that each won $10,000. Those tickets were bought at:
* Colonial Mart, 2702 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke
* Main Street Market, 220 North Main Street, Pearisburg
* 7-Eleven, 8011 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk
* 7-Eleven, 2303-C Soapstone Drive, Reston
* Greenville Avenue Exxon, 137 Lee Jackson Highway, Staunton
* Harris Teeter, 3249 Tyre Neck Road, Portsmouth
* Kangaroo Express, 1099 Rio Road, Charlottesville
* Courthouse Pit Stop, 1049 Courthouse Road, Stafford
* Giant Food, 3480 South Jefferson Street, Falls Church
* Seminole Food Mart, 22920-A U. S. Highway 29 North, Chatham
* 7-Eleven, 1357 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. 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 $1.4 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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Feb 10, 2015
Powerball jackpot increases to estimated $500 million

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Because of very strong sales nationwide, the estimated jackpot for the February 11 Powerball drawing has been increased to $500 million.

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Feb 09, 2015
Powerball Jackpot grows to estimated $450 million - More than 49,000 tickets in Virginia win prizes in Saturday’s drawing

PowerballMore than 49,000 tickets in Virginia won prizes in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. But no one in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, February 11, Powerball drawing grows to an estimated $450 million.

Three Virginia tickets each won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. Those tickets were bought in Oakton, Portsmouth and Winchester.

Virginia Lottery officials expect to sell about 1.5 million Powerball tickets in the Commonwealth on Wednesday alone. If one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $450 million jackpot in 30 annual payments or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $304.1 million before taxes.

The profit from every Powerball ticket bought in Virginia, like all other Virginia Lottery tickets, goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com.   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 $1.4 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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Feb 09, 2015
Triple play for $1,000,000 Money Ball players! Three players each win $100,000 in the same drawing.

Virginia Lottery $1 Million Money BallThe January 31 $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing was a big one for Virginia Lottery players. Three of them each won $100,000 in the same drawing.

Here are their stories:

It was an early birthday present for Ronnie Davis. The Hampton man won $100,000 in $1,000,000 Money Ball. He matched all five numbers in the January 31 drawing, three days before his birthday.

“I had to do a double-take,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1574 Old Buckroe Road in Hampton. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Laura Crespin likes to say, “I’m going to hit it big in the Lottery.”

Call it a premonition or call it luck, it turns out the Powhatan woman was correct. On January 31 she matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game to win $100,000.

“I read the ticket five times,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I was happy.”

She bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket. 

Gerardo Rodriguez was a big winner on Super Bowl Sunday. It had nothing to do with football, though. That’s the day the Harrisonburg man discovered he’d won $100,000 in the previous night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing.

“It was very exciting,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1911 Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg. He selected numbers that he likes to play.

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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Feb 09, 2015
Truck driver hauls in $100,000 in Virginia Lottery game

Ronnie DavisIt was an early birthday present for Ronnie Davis. The Hampton man won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game. He matched all five numbers in the January 31 drawing, three days before his birthday.

“I had to do a double-take,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-9-19-23-32. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1574 Old Buckroe Road in Hampton. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The truck driver said he plans to use the winnings to take care of his family.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Feb 06, 2015
Powerball jackpot rises to $380 million

Because of stronger-than-expected sales nationwide, the estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing has been increased to $380 million.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.3 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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Feb 05, 2015
Springfield man serves up $100,000 prize in Virginia Lottery game

Subash RaiSubash Rai of Springfield says he’s “just a regular guy.” But he won a not-so-regular prize when he scratched a 10x the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. His ticket was the eighth and final ticket in the game to win the $100,000 top prize.

“I did not believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I had just dropped off a friend, and I’d stopped for some cigarettes.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6146 Rose Hill Drive in Alexandria.

Mr. Rai, who works as a hotel cook, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Since the last top prize in this game has been claimed, the game has been closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

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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Feb 05, 2015
She called it: Powhatan woman wins $100,000

Laura CrespinLaura Crespin likes to say, “I’m going to hit it big in the Lottery.”

Call it a premonition or call it luck, it turns out the Powhatan woman was correct. On January 31 she matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game to win $100,000.

“I read the ticket five times,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I was happy.”

She bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket. The winning numbers were 3-9-19-23-32. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Ms. Crespin said she intends to use her winnings to help her family.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Feb 05, 2015
Harrisonburg man takes $100,000 prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball game

Gerardo RodriguezGerardo Rodriguez was a big winner on Super Bowl Sunday. It had nothing to do with football, though. That’s the day the Harrisonburg man discovered he’d won $100,000 in the previous night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing.

“It was very exciting,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Rodriguez matched all five numbers in the January 31 drawing. The winning numbers were 3-9-19-23-32. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1911 Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg. He selected numbers that he likes to play.

The maintenance worker said he has no plans for his winnings, except to pay bills.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Feb 03, 2015
Restaurant worker wins a tasty prize in the Virginia Lottery: $100,000

Asghedom AbrahaAsghedom Abraha was sitting in a convenience store reading a newspaper when he scratched the 10x the Money ticket he’d bought a few moments earlier. He quickly realized he’d won big. But no one around him would have ever known.

“I knew it was a winner, but I tried not to react,” he said as he claimed his prize. “Then I walked away.”

The Accokeek, Maryland, man did indeed win the $100,000 top prize. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4949 Seminary Road in Alexandria. He said he works in a restaurant nearby.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Since the last top prize in this game has been claimed, the game has been closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

Mr. Abraha 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 $1.4 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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Feb 03, 2015
Buckingham County woman wins big money in $250,000 Jackpot Doubler game

Kantaben PatelKantaben Patel is a very lucky person. The New Canton woman scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $250,000 Jackpot Doubler game.

She bought the winning ticket at Poor Boys, 25306 North James Madison Highway in New Canton.

$250,000 Jackpot Doubler (game #1523) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $250,000. Ms. Patel is the second top prize winner in the game, which means five top 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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Feb 03, 2015
Falls Church man buys million-dollar winning ticket in Woodstock

Chay NguyenChay Nguyen drives a lot for his work. When he stopped for gas at Woodstock Sunoco on West Reservoir Road in Woodstock, he decided to play Powerball. That turned out to be a million-dollar decision.

The Falls Church man matched the first five numbers in the January 24 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers were 16-19-20-29-33, and the Powerball number was 10.  The only number he didn’t match was the Powerball number. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He said he doesn’t expect the prize to change him.

“I don’t get too excited,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Had he matched that Powerball number, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $230 million. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing and one of just ten nationwide.

He’s not the only winner. 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. 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 $1.4 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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Feb 03, 2015
Keswick man wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

William DentonWhen William Denton scratched his Jewel 7’s ticket from the Virginia Lottery, the Keswick man saw something he’d never seen before.

“The zeros just kept going and going and going,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it!”

All those zeros added up to the $100,000 top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Sheetz, 135 Market Street in Zion Crossroads.

The retired electronic technician said he hopes to use his winnings to pay bills and donate to charity.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, Peridot Green or Amethyst Purple.

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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Feb 02, 2015
“I knew Lightning could strike twice!” - Petersburg man wins $100,000 in Cash 5 for the second time

Anthony SmithWhen Anthony Smith realized he might have won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, it was seemingly no big deal.

“I took it calmly,” he said.

You see, it’s happened before!  In January 2011, he won the $100,000 top prize Cash 5. So when he matched all five numbers in the January 19, 2015, day drawing, he took it all in stride. 

“I knew lightning could strike twice,” the Petersburg man said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Shop & Go Mart, 915 Boulevard in Colonial Heights. He selected the same numbers as his previous win: 2-13-21-26-28.

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

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 $1.4 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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Feb 02, 2015
Roanoke woman wins $100,000

Crystal PayneCrystal Payne was anxious to check the Lottery numbers because there was a high Powerball jackpot. It turns out the Roanoke woman did not hit the Powerball jackpot. Instead, she discovered she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

“I thought, ‘This doesn’t look right… because it looks like my numbers!’” she said as she claimed her prize.

She matched all five numbers in the January 24 drawing. She bought the winning ticket at Roanoke Tobacco, 3660 Colonial Avenue in Roanoke. She selected her numbers using family birthdays.

The winning numbers were 2-4-8-10-26. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Ms. Payne said she has no plans for her winnings except to pay bills, and possibly take a trip somewhere.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jan 29, 2015
A prolific winner does it again with $100,000 Cash 5 win
Theodore Townes is no stranger to winning big in the Virginia Lottery. In 2007 he won $777,777 in the Super Lucky 7’s Scratcher game. Then in 2009 he won $500,000 in Colossal Cash.

Now the Walkerton man has done it again. He matched all five numbers in the January 19 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

He bought his most recent winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1367 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. Those winning numbers were 2-4-8-26-29.

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

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 $1.4 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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Jan 29, 2015
Virginia Beach man takes $100,000 prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball game
Joseph Bagtas has won two big prizes recently. Most importantly, he was recently married. Then he won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

The Virginia Beach man matched all five numbers in the October 18 drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 3960 Salem Lakes Boulevard in Virginia Beach. Because of the wedding and holidays, he waited until January to claim his $100,000 prize.

The winning numbers were 1-13-17-19-35. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Bagtas, who works as an event planner, said the winnings will help with wedding costs, and in starting a new married life together.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jan 29, 2015
Hampton man wins $100,000 from Virginia Lottery
Frank JohnsonFrank Johnson gave himself some good advice at the moment he discovered he’d won $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.

“Just calm down,” he recalled thinking. “Don’t shout. Just be reasonable.”

Mr. Johnson matched all five numbers in the January 21 drawing with a ticket he bought at Corner Mart, 1700 Todds Lane in Hampton. He used Easy pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers were 7-16-21-25-30. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jan 29, 2015
A $100,000 visit to Virginia
Patsy MillsPatsy Mills had a VERY good trip to Virginia. She played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game and took home the $100,000 top prize.

It happened when the Greensboro, North Carolina, woman was visiting friends in Norfolk. She bought two tickets at the 7-Eleven at 230 West Olney Road, using numbers she likes to play.

Later, as she was driving home, she stopped at a gas station and checked the winning numbers on her phone. That’s when she discovered she’d matched all five numbers in the January 23 night drawing.

“Now wait a minute! Now wait a minute!” she recalled thinking.

Those winning numbers were 5-11-14-20-22.

“Those numbers are stamped on my brain,” she 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 $1.4 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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Jan 26, 2015
Powerball ticket bought in Woodstock wins $1 million

PowerballCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that ended up winning $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at Woodstock Sunoco, 443 West Reservoir Road in Woodstock.

The winning numbers for the January 24 Powerball drawing were 16-19-20-29-33, and the Powerball number was 10. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

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.

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery. This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing, and one of just ten nationwide. No ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jan 21, 2015
Hampton man does it again! - He wins $100,000 top prize in Cash 5 game for the second time

It was a case of déjà vu when Randall Pugh recently claimed the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. Back in 2013 the Hampton man matched all five numbers to win $100,000. Now he’s done it again.

Mr. Pugh matched all five numbers in the November 1, 2014, drawing. He claimed his prize on January 2, 2015.

“I just believed that I was going to win again,” he said as he claimed his latest prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2214 East Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk, the same store at which he bought his previous $100,000 winner. And he picked the same winning numbers too: 1-3-5-9-23.

So, what are his future plans?

“I’m optimistic that I’ll win again,” 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 $1.4 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.

It was a case of déjà vu when Randall Pugh recently claimed the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. Back in 2013 the Hampton man matched all five numbers to win $100,000. Now he’s done it again.

Mr. Pugh matched all five numbers in the November 1, 2014, drawing. He claimed his prize on January 2, 2015.

“I just believed that I was going to win again,” he said as he claimed his latest prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2214 East Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk, the same store at which he bought his previous $100,000 winner. And he picked the same winning numbers too: 1-3-5-9-23.

So, what are his future plans?

“I’m optimistic that I’ll win again,” 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 $1.4 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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Jan 21, 2015
Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle creates three new millionaires
On January 1, 2015, the Virginia Lottery announced three winning tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  It didn’t take long for all three winners to come forward to collect their million-dollar prizes.

Those winners are:
* Sharon Mayes of Courtland
* Dallas Eccles of Clemmons, NC
* David Albee of Norfolk

Sharon Mayes received her Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket from her husband as a Christmas present.

“I got a $1 million Raffle ticket,” she said as she claimed her prize. “He got a grill.”

Her husband bought the ticket at Mid-Atlantic Circle K, 12201 South Crater Road in Petersburg. Ms. Mayes said the winnings will be especially helpful in paying off college debt for their three children, one of whom is still in school.

Dallas Eccles was having some trouble with his internet connection on New Year’s Day. When he finally got back online a few days later, he checked the winning numbers, and couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I looked and I looked again,” he said. “I checked 10 times. My wife said, ‘You look like a zombie!’”

He bought the ticket at Ridgemart, 10079 Greensboro Road in Ridgeway, Virginia. Mr. Eccles, who is a factory worker, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When David Albee discovered he’d won a million dollars in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, there was no yelling or jumping up and down.

“I’m not a guy who gets excited,” he said. “My wife was more excited than me. I was in disbelief.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6900 North Military Highway in Norfolk. Mr. Albee, who works as a production manager, 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 $1.4 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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Jan 21, 2015
North Chesterfield woman scratches to win $150,000

Yvonne AhlgrimYvonne Ahlgrim had a $25 winning ticket to redeem. She took it in to the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Richmond, and used her winnings to buy a Triple the Money ticket. That ticket ended up winning the $150,000 top prize.

When she scratched the ticket in the car, she showed it to her husband, who told her, “Oh, you’ve got a big winner!”

“I was jumping and skipping around outside the car,” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Ahlgrim said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and maybe take a trip.

Triple the Money is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. This is the fourth top prize claimed in the game, which means there’s one unclaimed $150,000 prize remaining.

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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Jan 21, 2015
Suffolk man wakes up to $100,000 from Virginia Lottery

George WertzIt was about 2:00 a.m. when George Wertz woke up and decided to go online to check the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing. That’s when the Suffolk man discovered he’d won $100,000.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I went upstairs and woke my wife to tell her. She said ‘Okay,’ and went back to sleep!”

Mr. Wertz matched all five numbers in the January 14 drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Airline Shell, 2722 Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth. He selected his numbers using family birthdays.

The winning numbers were 7-16-21-25-30. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball did not come up in that drawing. If it had, the top prize would have increased to $1 million.

Mr. Wertz, a sheet metal worker, said he has no plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

$1,000,000 Money Ball is played exclusively in Virginia. Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $100,000 prize are 1 in 376,992.

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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Jan 21, 2015
“Is it real?” - Richmond woman wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery

Marta Orellana MartinezMarta Orellana Martinez doesn’t play the Lottery very often. In fact, she sometimes tells her husband he’s wasting his money when he plays. But she’s not likely to say that any more – not since she won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s 10x the Money game. 

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I looked at the ticket and said, ‘Is it real?’ You don’t expect it’s going to happen to you.”

She bought the winning ticket at Speed Mart, 2700 Broad Rock Boulevard in Richmond.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, although there might be a nice designer bag in her future.

10x the Money (Game #1484) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Ms. Martinez is the third player to claim the $100,000 top prize game #1484, meaning there are five unclaimed top prizes.

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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Jan 19, 2015
Six Virginians collect $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Along with the three $ 1 million winners, six Virginia Lottery players won big in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  Each of those players won $25,000 on January 1. They all collected their prizes during the month of January.

Those winners are:
* Nancy Williams of Bumpass 
* Melinda Bonham of Sugar Grove 
* Ronn Vollbrecht of Norfolk 
* Gary Corpuz of Ashburn 
* Mary Golden of Midlothian 
* David Showalter of Waynesboro 

“It’s a heck of a way to start the new year,” said Ronn Vollbrecht, who bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3025 East Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk.

Melinda Bonham agreed. She bought her winning ticket at Corner Chevron Food Mart on North Main Street in Marion. She called it an “awesome start to the new year.”

Mary Golden and her husband each bought one ticket. Her ticket, which she bought at Cigarettes Unlimited, 11138 Hull Street Road in Midlothian, was the winner. Ms. Golden, a registered nurse, called the win a “belated Christmas gift.”

Nancy Williams bought her ticket at Fas Mart on Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania.

“I jumped up and down a few times and hollered at my husband,” she said, recalling the moment she discovered she had a winning ticket.

In addition to these $25,000 winners, Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle created three $1 million winners. Those winners are Sharon Mayes of Courtland; Dallas Eccles of Clemmons, NC; and David Albee of Norfolk.

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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Jan 19, 2015
One drawing = Two $1 million winners in $1,000,000 Money Ball!

Virginia’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game is hot! Just so far this year, there have been two million-dollar winners, and they were both in the same drawing!

Here are their stories:

It was Sunday morning, and Larry Wolfe of Covington had an unusual question for his wife.

“Did I win a million dollars?” he asked.

The answer: Yes he did! He did it by matching all five winning numbers in the January 10 drawing. During that drawing, the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn, which increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

“Now I’m a fan of the gold ball,” he said.

Mr. Wolfe bought the winning ticket at Prince Food Mart, 1422 Durant Road in Covington. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays

Sometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. Charles Houchens thought he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.  He was very happy about that.

But it turns out the Louisa man was wrong. He hadn’t won $100,000. Actually, he’d won
$1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at Mulberry Station, 3008 Richmond Road in Charlottesville.

Mr. Houchens, who works as a bus driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 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 $1.4 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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Jan 17, 2015
Louisa man takes $1 million prize in $1,000,000 Money Ball

Charles HouchensSometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. Charles Houchens thought he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.  He was very happy about that.

But it turns out the Louisa man was wrong. He hadn’t won $100,000. Actually, he’d won
$1 million.

Mr. Houchens matched all five winning numbers in the January 10 drawing. During that drawing, the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn, which increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

He bought the winning ticket at Mulberry Station, 3008 Richmond Road in Charlottesville. On January 16, he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 6-8-10-25-26. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. His ticket was one of two million-dollar winners in that drawing. The other ticket was bought in Covington.

Mr. Houchens, who works as a bus driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

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Jan 16, 2015
Covington man wins $1 million in $1,000,000 Money Ball game

Larry WolfeIt was Sunday morning, and Larry Wolfe had an unusual question for his wife.

“Did I win a million dollars?” he asked.

The answer: Yes he did! The Covington man won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Money Ball game.  He did it by matching all five winning numbers in the January 10 drawing. During that drawing, the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn, which increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

“Now I’m a fan of the gold ball,” he said.

Mr. Wolfe bought the winning ticket at Prince Food Mart, 1422 Durant Road in Covington. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays. Those winning numbers were
6-8-10-25-26. His ticket was one of two million-dollar winners in that drawing. The other ticket was bought in Charlottesville.

On January 16, Mr. Wolfe received his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 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 $1.4 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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Jan 14, 2015
Troutville man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Jerry WaltonJerry Walton is starting 2015 with some extra money in his pocket. The Troutville man claimed the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five winning numbers in the August 24, 2014, Cash 5 night drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Mama D’s Texaco, 1661 Roanoke Road in Daleville. The winning numbers were 2-10-27-33-34. He selected numbers that he enjoys playing.

The retiree said he plans to invest his winnings.

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 $1.4 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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Jan 14, 2015
Teamwork leads to $100,000 win for Arlington man

Jim RushingJim Rushing and his wife play the Lottery as a team: He buys the ticket and she scratches it. That’s how they won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Jewel 7’s game.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Safeway, 2500 North Harrison Street in Arlington.

Jewel 7’s (game #1508) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Diamond Yellow, Topaz Blue, Peridot Green or Amethyst Purple.

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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Jan 14, 2015
Richmond-area Lottery offices on two-hour delay because of weather
Due to icy weather conditions in the Richmond metro area, the Prize Zone in downtown Richmond and Prize Zone West in Henrico County will open at 10:30 today (Wednesday). Please be safe.
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Jan 14, 2015
Retired electrician is shocked to win $1 million

Arthur GalanisWhen Arthur Galanis had a store clerk check his Powerball ticket, he received a surprising response. The clerk scanned the ticket, handed it back to Mr. Galanis, and said, “Take the ticket now and run right away!”

It turns out the ticket was worth $1 million.

He matched the first five numbers in the November 29 Powerball drawing.

He bought the winning ticket at Gunston Shell Service Center, 9801 Richmond Highway in Lorton. The winning numbers were 13-24-30-42-48, and the Powerball number was 27.  He used Easy pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Had he matched that final number, the Powerball number, it would have won the $90 million jackpot.

The retired electrician said he has no immediate plans for his 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.  

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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Jan 13, 2015
Norfolk man wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

When David Albee discovered he’d won a million dollars in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, there was no yelling or jumping up and down.

“I’m not a guy who gets excited,” the Norfolk man said. “My wife was more excited than me. I was in disbelief.”

His ticket, #228447, was one of three tickets drawn in the January 1 drawing for the $1 million prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6900 North Military Highway in Norfolk. On January 5, he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Albee, who works as a production manager, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. The winning ticket was one of four Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle tickets that he bought.

The other two top-prize winners were bought in Petersburg and Ridgeway. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Spotsylvania, Marion, Norfolk, Ashburn, Midlothian and Staunton. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

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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Jan 12, 2015
Two tickets each win $1 million in Saturday night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing
Virginians won big in Saturday night’s $1,000,000 Money Ball drawing. Two tickets each matched all five numbers to win $1 million. The tickets were bought at:
• Prince Food Mart, 1422 Durant Road, Covington
• Mulberry Station, 3008 Richmond Road, Charlottesville

The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball came up in Saturday night’s drawing. That increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.

This new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The game is played exclusively in Virginia.

Here’s how the game works: You select five numbers out of 35 numbered balls. The Lottery will draw five balls out of 36 – that’s 35 numbered balls plus one Gold Million Dollar Money Ball. If the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball is one of the five balls drawn, an additional numbered ball is drawn, and the top prize in that drawing immediately increases from $100,000 to $1 million.

Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.

$1,000,000 Money Ball replaces Win for Life, which concluded a very successful eight-year run with the September 13 drawing. The Win for Life game created 44 lifetime winners ($1,000 per week for the rest of the winner’s life) in Virginia while generating an estimated $95 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

$1,000,000 Money Ball tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers for $2 each. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 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 $1.4 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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Jan 08, 2015
Virginia Lottery Announces Search for “Super Teachers”- Eight Virginia K-12 educators will receive honors, a cash prize and classroom supplies

Virginia Lottery Super TeacherThe Virginia Lottery, along with its partners at Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, today announced the opening of the 8th annual Super Teacher Awards. Between now and Feb. 13, 2015, Virginians can help honor outstanding public school teachers from across the Commonwealth by nominating them at www.vasuperteacher.com.

Each day, the Lottery generates more than $1.4 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014.

“The Super Teacher Awards are a great way for the Lottery to reaffirm our commitment to Virginia’s K-12 public schools,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “It gives us an opportunity to show Virginians that we’re game for education, and it also gives our communities a unique opportunity to show their appreciation of their local teachers.”

Since 2008, the Super Teacher program has honored 56 teachers and awarded more than $200,000 in prizes. Out of this year’s nominees, eight Virginia educators will be selected as the 2015 Super Teachers, winning $2,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $2,000 in classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies.

The 2015 Super Teachers will be selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:
* Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
* The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
* Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, James Madison University
* Brenda Sheridan, president of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association
* Karen Drosinos, 2013 Super Teacher award recipient, Pembroke Elementary School, Virginia Beach

Anyone 18 or older can nominate a Virginia pre-K-12 public school teacher. Nominations must be received by Feb. 13, 2015. Winners will be announced online in spring 2015, and through a surprise presentation in each winning teacher’s hometown.

To nominate or to learn more, visit www.vasuperteacher.com. For more information about the Virginia Lottery, visit www.valottery.com, and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 $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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Jan 08, 2015
Woodbridge woman wins $1 million playing Mega Millions

Sandra McDonaldSandra McDonald is starting 2015 with a million bucks. The Woodbridge woman matched the first five numbers in the December 30 Mega Millions drawing. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 13360 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“I saw the winning numbers on the news, and I thought, ‘I don’t remember having those numbers,’” she said.

But later in the night, when she couldn’t sleep, she checked the numbers online and discovered she’d won big.

“I don’t believe this!” was her reaction.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-7-44-63-67 and the Mega Ball number was 12. Had she matched all six numbers, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $172 million. Her ticket was one of just two nationwide to win the $1 million prize. No ticket won the jackpot in that drawing.

Ms. McDonald, who is retired, said she plans to invest her winnings and also pay off debt.

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 and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.4 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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Jan 07, 2015
Clemmons, NC, man wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle
Dallas Eccles was having some trouble with his internet connection on New Year’s Day. When the Clemmons, North Carolina, man finally got back online a few days later, he decided to check the winning numbers in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“I may as well check. I know I’m not a winner,” he thought.

But when he found the numbers of the three $1 million winning tickets, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I looked and I looked again,” he said. “I checked 10 times. My wife said, ‘You look like a zombie!’”

His ticket was a $1 million winner. He bought the ticket at Ridgemart, 10079 Greensboro Road in Ridgeway, Virginia. On January 7, the couple returned to the store to receive the million-dollar check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Eccles, who is a factory worker, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

His winning ticket is #323455. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Norfolk and Petersburg. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Spotsylvania, Marion, Norfolk, Ashburn, Midlothian and Staunton. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

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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Jan 05, 2015
Courtland woman receives Virginia Lottery ticket as a Christmas present, and wins $1 million
Among the Christmas gifts Sharon Mayes received from her husband was a Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket from the Virginia Lottery. A week later, on New Year’s Day, that ticket was drawn as one of three $1 million top prize winners.

“I got a $1 million Raffle ticket,” she said as she claimed her prize. “He got a grill.”

The Courtland woman discovered her Christmas present was a million-dollar winner when she went to the Virginia Lottery’s website, www.valottery.com.

“I just kept looking from the ticket to the computer screen; from the ticket to the screen again and again,” she recalled.

Her husband bought the ticket at Mid-Atlantic Circle K, 12201 South Crater Road in Petersburg. On January 5, the couple returned to the store to receive the million-dollar check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Ms. Mayes said the winnings will be especially helpful in paying off college debt for their three children, one of whom is still in school.

Her winning ticket is #092055. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Norfolk and Ridgeway. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Spotsylvania, Marion, Norfolk, Ashburn, Midlothian and Staunton. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

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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