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Oct 02, 2013
Harrisonburg man wins $250,000 in Mega Millions

John SimmersJohn Simmers says he and his wife like to play the Lottery whenever they have a bit of extra money on hand. After this week’s Mega Millions drawing, it would certainly be an understatement to say they now have quite a bit extra money on hand!

Mr. Simmers bought a winning Mega Millions ticket from Martin’s Food at 2035 East Market Street in Harrisonburg.

His ticket matched the first five numbers in the September 20 drawing to win the game’s second prize of $250,000. The only number he did not match was the Mega Ball number. Simmers used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 1-15-20-21-47, Mega Ball 34. He was just one number away from winning the estimated $145 million jackpot.

Mr. Simmers, who lives with his wife in Harrisonburg, had one of just five second-prize winners nationwide in that drawing, and the only one bought in Virginia. The retired federal government worker says the prize money will come in handy in restoring his house, which he and his wife have been fixing up for some time now.

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 $250,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 3,904,701.

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 28, 2016
Just one number away from hitting the jackpot, Powerball ticket bought in Arlington wins $1 million

Powerball logoOf more than 47,000 winning tickets in Virginia for last night’s Powerball drawing, one ticket stands out.  That ticket is now worth $1 million.

It matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number. The ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 4223 North Fairfax Drive in Arlington.

The winning numbers for the July 27 Powerball drawing were 10-47-50-65-68, and the Powerball number was 24. Had this ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won an estimated $422 million jackpot.

The million-dollar ticket is the only one in Virginia to win Powerball’s second prize in last night’s drawing, and one of just four nationwide. The odds of matching the first five numbers are 1 in 11,688,054.

This is the ninth million-dollar winning Powerball ticket bought in Virginia so far in 2016. It comes just five days after a Mega Millions ticket bought in Prince William County won a $7.5 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Winners in Virginia have 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.

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.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 27, 2016
Winning big is as easy as 1-2-3-4 for Woodbridge man

Boye AgostoJulio Agosto is a lucky person.

The Woodbridge man bought 25 tickets for the June 28 Pick 4  day drawing, all with the same number combination on them: 1-2-3-4. When those numbers were drawn, each of his tickets won the $5,000 top prize for a total of $125,000!

He bought his tickets at Dale City Shell, 2900 Dale Boulevard in Woodbridge.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of matching all four digits in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 27, 2016
Vienna woman has just the prescription to win $150,000

Selamawit BeyneSelamawit Beyne was waiting for her prescription to be filled. So with some time on her hands, the Vienna woman bought a Cash Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

“I don’t usually play,” she later said. “I thought, ‘Why not? Let’s try it.’”

So she scratched the ticket and thought she’d won $150. “Oh, that’s nice,” she thought.

But Ms. Beyne was wrong. She hadn’t won $150. She’d won $150,000.

“I didn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I still don’t believe it.”

She is the first top prize winner in Cash Multiplier, which means two $150,000 winning tickets are unclaimed in the game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Cash Multiplier are 1 in 4.29.

Ms. Beyne, who works as a pharmacy technician, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. She bought her winning ticket at Vienna Drug Center, 150 Maple Avenue West.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 27, 2016
He scratched his ticket too quickly, and didn’t realize he’d won $250,000

Nashid ElSometimes you just need to slow down.

Nashid El of Fairfax learned that lesson as he was driving home from Hampton where he’d been visiting family. He stopped at Farm Fresh on Towne Centre Way in Hampton to buy some water and snacks for the drive back to Northern Virginia. He also bought a Money Bag Doubler ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

“I scratched it real quick and I didn’t pay attention,” he said.

Later, after he arrived home, he showed the ticket to his wife, who looked at and told him he’d won.

“No I didn’t,” was his reply.

But she was right. He’d won the game’s $250,000 top prize.

“I can’t really explain. It feels good,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to that $250,000 top prize. Mr. El is the first person to claim a top prize in this game, which means six more remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Money Bag Doubler are 1 in 4.31.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 23, 2016
Mega Millions ticket purchased in Prince William County wins estimated $7.5 million

Mega Millions VirginiaSomeone who bought a Mega Millions in Gainesville hit the jackpot in Friday night’s drawing.

The ticket was one of two nationwide that matched all six numbers in the July 22 drawing. Those two tickets, which were bought in Virginia and Georgia, will split the estimated $15 million jackpot ($7.5 million each).

The Virginia ticket was bought at 7-Eleven, 7489 Limestone Drive in Gainesville.

The winning numbers were 8-24-25-26-30 and the Mega Ball number 7. 

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.

This is Virginia’s ninth Mega Millions jackpot win.

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. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 258.9 million

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 19, 2016
A trip to Virginia results in $200,000 win for New York woman

Hui LiuHui Liu will probably remember her recent trip to Virginia for a long time. The Flushing, New York, woman was visiting Richmond when she bought a  50X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the $200,000 top prize.

She bought the winning ticket at C & J Tobacco, 4384 South Laburnum Avenue in Richmond.

The prize she won is actually the second-highest prize in the 50x the Money game. The top prize is $5 million. Ms. Liu is the third person to win that $200,000 prize, which means five similar prizes have yet to be claimed. One $5 million prize has been awarded, which means two have yet to be claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,632,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.07.

Ms. Liu said she intends to save her winnings and maybe take a 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 nearly $534 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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Jul 19, 2016
Cancer survivor wins $150,000 in the Virginia Lottery

Donna Boyd-WarrenWinning the lottery might be the high-point in some people’s lives, but not Donna Boyd-Warren. The Richmond woman won a much bigger victory a few years ago when she survived breast cancer.

“I’m lucky,” she said as she received her check from the Virginia Lottery.

Ms. Boyd-Warren won a combined $150,000 with six winning plays in the July 15 Cash 5  night drawing. Each play contained the same numbers: 6-13-15-33-34. She wagered 25-cents on each play, which means each win was for $25,000.

She bought her tickets at the 7-Eleven at 1419 East Ridge Road in Richmond.

Ms. Boyd-Warren is a U. S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War era. Her husband served in the Navy and her son currently serves in the Air Force.

She said she intends to pay bills and give to her church with 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 nearly $534 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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Jul 19, 2016
“Is this real? Is this really a winner?” -- Richmond woman wins $200,000

Angela ChukwudebeluYou might call it a case of “father knows best.”

Angela Chukwudebelu was scratching Virginia Lottery tickets with her dad. When she showed him one of the tickets, he looked at it and replied, “You don’t know what you have here.”

What the Richmond woman had was a $200,000 winner.

“I thought, ‘Is this real? Is this really a winner?’” she recalled. ”I was in shock. I’m still in shock.”

The ticket was a top-prize winner in the Jewel 7s Scratcher game. She bought the winning ticket at Chubby’s, 1407 Main Street in Blackstone.

Jewel 7’s (game #1550) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Tanzanite Violet, like the one Ms. Chukwudebelu bought, Opal Sparkling, Garnet Red or Tiger Eye Gold. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27.

She is the seventh person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means three $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Ms. Chukwudebelu, who works as a customer service representative, said she intends to pay off her student loans with her winnings and invest the rest.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 19, 2016
$100,000 Cash 5 win has Richmond man singing

Major Robinson, Jr.Major Robinson, Jr. loves to sing. The retiree is a member of a gospel singing group. And from time to time he plays the Virginia Lottery. So when the Richmond man matched all five numbers in the Cash 5 game, he was singing a happy tune.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Meadow Bridge BP, 607 East Laburnum Avenue in Richmond for the July 1 day drawing.

“Just a regular day,” he said. “I went in to buy some gas and bought a ticket.”

The five numbers that won him the $100,000 top prize were 12-20-22-24-34. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Robinson did not immediately check his numbers. “I really didn’t expect to win, so I didn’t rush,” 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 nearly $534 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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Jul 18, 2016
Powerball ticket bought in Leesburg wins $1 million

Powerball logoCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that is now worth $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at Gasmart #2, 14425 James Monroe Highway in Leesburg.

So the question now is: Who has that million-dollar ticket?

The winning numbers for the July 16 Powerball drawing were 11-17-40-50-62, and the Powerball number was 26. 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 one of just four tickets nationwide to match the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing, and the only one in Virginia. No ticket matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, July 20, drawing has grown to an estimated $361 million.

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. The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 18, 2016
What a “payday!” -- Northern Neck man wins $4 million prize
Mike Murphy decided to have a candy bar, something he rarely does, the Callao man asked the store clerk, “What do you have?”

The clerk suggested a PAYDAY bar. As the clerk handed him his change, Mr. Murphy spotted a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza ticket from the Virginia Lottery, and he decided to buy it.

That ticket turned out to be a “payday” too! When he scratched the ticket, as he munched the candy bar, he discovered he’d won the game’s $4 million top prize.

On July 18, he received his check from the Virginia Lottery. He had a choice of taking the full $4 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,724,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

“I’d never had a PAYDAY, and it paid off!” he said.

He bought his winning ticket at Little Sue, 82 Northumberland Highway in Callao.

$100 Million Cash Extravaganza is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 to $4 million, including a $1 million second prize. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means two more remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,836,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.71.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 12, 2016
“You’re not going to believe this, we just won $1 million!” Frederick County woman wins big

Tina PuffenbergerTina Puffenberger was sitting in the passenger seat when she discovered she’d won a million dollars.

It happened as her husband drove and she sat scratching a Millions to the Max ticket from the Virginia Lottery. The Whitacre woman suddenly said, “You’re not going to believe this, we just won $1 million!”

She bought the winning ticket at Xpress Stop, 9181 North Frederick Pike in Cross Junction.

“We couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “We haven’t slept.”

That disbelief was shared by family members when she called them with the news.

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

Ms. Puffenberger, who works making retail displays at Lowe’s, said she intends to invest her winnings and also pay bills. She also said she’ll continue to play.

This is the sixth and final top prize claimed in the Millions to the Max Scratcher game. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games once the final top prize has been 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 nearly $534 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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Jul 09, 2016
Mega Millions jackpot run generates more than $17 million for K-12 public education in Virginia

Mega Millions VirginiaAlthough the jackpot-winning ticket in the July 8 Mega Millions drawing was not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefitted from the excitement. During the 35 drawings of the jackpot run that began in March and ended Friday night, sales of Mega Millions tickets in Virginia generated approximately $17.5 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 330,000 Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes seven tickets that each won $5,000. Here’s where those $5,000 winning tickets were bought:

  • 7-Eleven, 2973 Chainbridge Road, Oakton
  • Fifth Street Exxon, 1154 5th Street, SW, Charlottesville
  • 7-Eleven, 3700 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton
  • 7-Eleven, 219 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg
  • Quick Stop Market, 626 East Main Street, Abingdon
  • 7-Eleven, 9101 Andrew Drive, Manassas Park
  • Giant Food, 7575 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville 

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 07, 2016
$540 million Mega Millions jackpot offers the biggest bang for a buck

Mega Millions is currently the hottest ticket in the Commonwealth, with an estimated jackpot of $540 million for the Friday, July 8 drawing.

The Virginia Lottery expects to sell 3.75 million Mega Millions tickets in the Commonwealth just on Friday, the day of the drawing. During peak times, tickets will be selling at a rate of about 7,500 per minute statewide.

There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday, July 5, drawing, but nearly 220,000 tickets won prizes in Virginia by matching some of the winning numbers. That includes three tickets that each won $5,000.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been hit eight times in Virginia over the years. Here’s a list, in order of the amount won:

 Mega Millions jackpots won in Virginia

Amount won: Drawing date: Ticket bought at:
$239 million Feb. 20, 2004

Red Apple in Stephens City  (largest prize ever awarded by the Virginia Lottery)

$200 million

Oct. 16, 2009

Valley’s, 601 4th Street in Shenandoah 

$107 million July 1, 2011 Giant, 1228 Elden Street in Herndon
$99 million May 17, 2013 Food Lion, 1592 South Main Street in Farmville
$82.5 million Aug. 31, 2007 Duck’s Corner Food & Gas in Buckingham
$75.6 million May 1, 2009 Joyful Convenience Market, 5409 Mudd Tavern Road in Woodford
$44 million May 29, 2007 E & C Enterprises, 4050 Spring Oak Drive in Henrico (Short Pump)
$19 million May 15, 2009 Martin’s Food Market, 409 South Street in Front Royal

The profit from every Mega Millions ticket bought in Virginia, like tickets from all other Virginia Lottery games, benefits K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $540 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $380 million before taxes. If multiple tickets match all six numbers, the jackpot will be divided among them equally.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 06, 2016
On the advice of a friend, she plays Cash 5 and wins $100,000

Julia TownsendJulia Townsend of Scottsville might want to thank her coworker for her recent $100,000 win in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

When she heard her friend talking about winning in Cash 5, Ms. Townsend decided to give the game a try. She had never played it before. She bought a ticket and matched all five numbers to win the game’s top prize.

She bought the winning ticket at Vintage Market, 3103 Scottsville Road in Charlottesville. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to pick her numbers at random for the June 24 night drawing. The winning numbers were 3-9-14-20-22.

“I couldn’t believe it. I really couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Townsend, who works in health care in Charlottesville, said she has 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 nearly $534 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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Jul 06, 2016
Abingdon man wins $500,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing

Danny SteeleHow is it possible to win $500,000 when your Virginia Lottery ticket is not a winner? Danny Steele knows the answer. The Abingdon man entered his non-winning Scratcher tickets in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion, and one of his entries won the $500,000 grand prize.

Mr. Steele was understandably skeptical when he was informed by the Virginia Lottery that he’d won the top prize.

“I never thought I’d win,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting after you get over the skepticism.”

His ticket was drawn from nearly 4 million entries in the July 1 drawing. He’s not the only winner. With eXTRA Chances, players have a chance to win each day with hundreds of instant-win cash prizes, ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes!

Mr. Steele, who drives a tractor-trailer for a living, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. He said he may buy a new vehicle or take a vacation.

The next grand prize drawing will be held on October 5, again with a $500,000 grand prize. Any non-winning ticket from a Virginia Lottery Scratcher containing the eXTRA Chances logo can be entered. The deadline to enter is September 30, 2016.

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 nearly $534 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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Jul 06, 2016
A $200,000 winning ticket in her grocery bag - Clifton Forge woman wins big

Geraldine AllenAll Geraldine Allen wanted was some groceries. The Clifton Forge woman went to the Kroger on Main Street in Clifton Forge to shop. While she was there she bought a Jacks are Wild ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When she scratched the ticket in her car, something seemed different.

“I thought I had a winner, but I wasn’t sure,” she later recalled.

She didn’t realize it, but she’d just won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

Jacks are Wild features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. 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 4.33. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means one more remains unclaimed.

Ms. Allen, who is retired said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When asked if she liked Jacks are Wild, she replied, “I love it 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 nearly $534 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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Jul 05, 2016
Three $50,000 winning tickets set to expire - Tickets from historic $1.5 billion Powerball drawing have gone unclaimed for months

Powerball logoIt was the most massive lottery drawing in history. The January 13 Powerball drawing had a staggering $1.58 billion jackpot. More than 700,000 tickets bought in Virginia won prizes in that drawing alone, including two tickets that each won $1 million, four tickets that each won $100,000 and 20 tickets that each won $50,000.

But now, nearly six months later, three of those $50,000 tickets have gone unclaimed and are set to expire at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 12. That is, unless whoever has those tickets comes forward to claim their prizes.

The three tickets were bought at:

  • 7-Eleven, 9402 Richmond Highway, Lorton
  • La Bodega Supermarket, 6170 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
  • Fas Mart, 409 Quillen Avenue, SE, Coeburn

The winning numbers in the January 13 Powerball drawing were 4-8-19-27-34, and the Powerball number was 10. Each of these tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000.

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing.

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

Whoever has those tickets should contact the Virginia Lottery as soon as possible.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit 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 nearly $534 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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Jun 30, 2016
Retired landscaper lands $1 million Powerball prize

Leonard JonesLeonard Jones sat down with a cup of coffee and the newspaper, his normal routine. But this was to be no routine morning for the Richmond man. As he read the paper, he discovered he’d won $1 million in the previous night’s Powerball drawing.

“I said, ‘Oh, me! Let me look again!’” he recalled. “Then I went and woke up my wife. I was shaking!”

Mr. Jones matched the first five numbers in the June 29 Powerball drawing. The only number he missed was the Powerball number.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3600 West Cary Street in Richmond. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 23-29-37-60-64, and the Powerball number was 6. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. If he had matched that final number, the Powerball number, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $222 million.

His ticket was one of just three nationwide to match the first five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing, and the only one in Virginia.

Mr. Jones, a retired landscaper, was self-employed for 27 years. “This will make my retirement easier,” he said.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054. Mr. Jones is the seventh Virginia Lottery player to win the $1 million prize so far in 2016.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 24, 2016
24 winning tickets in the same drawing! Ruther Glen man wins a total of $110,800 playing Pick 4

Robert DanielWhen Robert Daniel plays the lottery, he plays big. He also wins big. In March of 2010, he won $105,400 in a single Pick 4 drawing. Now the Ruther Glen man has done it again.

In the June 19 Pick 4 drawing, he had a total of 24 winning tickets, all with the same winning combination: 2-2-1-9. His total winnings came to $110,800.

“It’s a great gift,” he said as he redeemed his winning tickets. “A Father’s Day present.”

He bought all the winning tickets at Golden Deli & Mart, 16434 Washington Highway in Doswell.

Despite winning such a large prize – again – Mr. Daniel didn’t get very excited.

“My daughter called me. I was asleep,” he said. “Then I went back to sleep.”

Mr. Daniel wagered “exact order” when he bought 20 of the tickets. Each of those won the game’s top prize of $5,000. For the other four tickets, he wagered “50/50” to win $2,700 each.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of matching all four digits in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 24, 2016
Cash 5 win could mean Fairfax couple can finally take a honeymoon

Bonnie HautherBonnie Hauther and her husband may now be able to take a honeymoon. The Fairfax woman said that’s one of the possible results of her winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

Ms. Hauther matched all five numbers in the June 18 night drawing to win the game’s top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I was just numb!”

Those winning numbers were 11-22-25-29-30. She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 9617 Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax.

The program analyst said she selected numbers she’s played for some time.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 24, 2016
“That can’t be true!” says South Boston woman as she wins $100,000

Terry BriggsTerry Briggs thought she’d won $10,000, and she was pretty excited about it. She was scratching a 10X the Money ticket that she’d just bought at Apple Market, 3225 Halifax Road in South Boston.

But then the South Boston woman realized she had not won $10,000. She’d actually won ten times that amount: $100,000

“I said, ‘That can’t be true!’” she recalled. “That’s when I started jumping around. I went crazy!”

10X the Money (Game #1635) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.29.

When asked if she has any plans for her winnings, she said, “Just put that money in the bank and act like I don’t have it.”

Ms. Briggs is the second player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1635, meaning five top prizes are 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 nearly $534 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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Jun 17, 2016
First time playing the Virginia Lottery, Clarksville woman wins $100,000

Ashley BeesIt was the first time Ashley Bees had played the lottery. The Clarksville woman bought a Cash 5 ticket and selected numbers using family birthdays. That first ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

She matched all five numbers in the June 14 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-10-23-27-28.

She bought the winning ticket at Mac’s Circle K, 402 Virginia Avenue in Clarksville.

What did she do with that valuable ticket when she discovered how much she’d won? She said she hid it in a gun cabinet because it was the only secure device available with a lock!

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 17, 2016
Construction worker nails the top prize in Double Dollar Fortune game

Rafael SanchezRafael Sanchez got an early birthday present when he played the Virginia Lottery’s Double Dollar Fortune Scratcher game and won the $200,000 top prize.

The Bethesda, MD, man bought the winning ticket at 24 Express Food Store, 4007 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

He said he looked at the ticket a hundred times after scratching it, but still couldn’t believe he won.

Mr. Sanchez, who works in construction, said he hopes to use his winnings for a down payment on a house.

Double Dollar Fortune (Game #1559) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. This is the first top prize claimed in the game, which means two $200,000 prizes have yet to be claimed. 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 4.72.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 17, 2016
Sterling man finds a $1 million winning Powerball ticket in his wallet

Roberto PortilloImagine walking around for a month with a million-dollar Powerball ticket in your wallet and not knowing it. That’s what happened to Roberto Portillo of Sterling.

Mr. Portillo matched the first five numbers in the May 7 Powerball drawing to win $1 million. But he didn’t realize that because the ticket remained in his wallet.

Finally, more than a month later, he asked a store clerk to check the numbers on the ticket, and discovered he’d won big.

“That’s incredible!” he said as he claimed his prize. “I still can not believe it!”

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6720 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Those winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66, and the Power Ball was 9. Had he matched the sixth number, the Power Ball number, he would have won part of the $415 million jackpot.  His ticket was one of just seven nationwide to match the first five numbers in that drawing, and the only one in Virginia.

Mr. Portillo, who works as a city bus driver, 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. The odds of winning Powerball’s million-dollar prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 17, 2016
Feelin’ Lucky? - Richmond woman’s lucky numbers win $100K in Cash 5 game

Donna BruceEverybody’s got lucky numbers, right? Donna Bruce of Richmond sure does.  And they definitely came in handy when she learned that she and her husband had won $100,000 in Cash 5. 

“He plays these numbers quite often.  They represent all of our birthdays,” said Mrs. Bruce, referring to herself, her husband, and their three children.  The numbers were 4 – 10 – 23 – 27 – 28. 

Mrs. Bruce’s husband purchased his Cash 5 ticket at the 7-Eleven at 937 West Broad Street in Richmond. 

Mrs. Bruce said with her husband being a regular player, he would often check his numbers on the Lottery website.  This day, he checked the website while at work, and discovered he had won.  “He just said, ‘I’m on my way home’.  When he told me, I just cried,” said Mrs. Bruce. 

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 278,256.  The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 66.

When asked what she and her husband planned to do with their winnings, she said they’d most likely buy their daughter a new car, pay off some bills, and save the rest. 

Mrs. Bruce is a self-proclaimed stay-at-home mom, and her husband a local barber.  She said that even though they’ve won big, they plan to keep playing.  “Just maybe not as much as before,” she said.  

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 14, 2016
Just passing through… former Virginia resident wins $250,000 in Powerball

Cindy OtisYears ago, when Cindy Otis and her husband lived in Virginia, they would occasionally play the Virginia Lottery. So it’s no surprise that when their travels brought them back to the Commonwealth, they played again. Her husband bought a Powerball ticket for the June 1 drawing.

That ticket ended up winning $250,000.

Ms. Otis, who lives in Irmo, SC, was more than happy to return a few days later to claim the prize in Virginia.

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

The winning numbers were 23-30-33-40-69, and the Powerball number was 12. They used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit 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 nearly $534 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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Jun 14, 2016
“I felt pretty good about that number.” - Amelia County woman collects $100,000 with 20 winning Pick 4 tickets

Vershori JeffersonVershori Jefferson’s brother was born in 1982. That’s how she happened to select 1-9-8-2 when playing the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game.

“I felt pretty good about that number,” she said.

In fact, the Amelia Courthouse woman felt so good about it that she did something she’d never done before. She played that same four-number combination 20 times in the same drawing. And she won!

When that combination was drawn in the June 10 night drawing, all 20 of those tickets became winners. The prize for each winning ticket was $5,000, for a total of $100,000.

“I knew I’d won, but I didn’t know how much,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought maybe a few thousand.”

All 20 of the winning tickets were bought at Happy Shopper, 13101 Hull Street Road in Midlothian.

Ms. Jefferson, who works in customer service, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of matching all four digits in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 14, 2016
Henrico woman scratches to win $100,000

Maria Lemus Del CidMaria Lemus Del Cid and her boyfriend like to play Virginia Lottery scratcher games together. That scratching partnership ended up with a $100,000 winning ticket when she won the top prize in Winner Take All.

The winning ticket was bought at Atlee Crescent BP, 9159 Chamberlayne Road in Mechanicsville. He boyfriend scratched his ticket first. Then it was her turn.

“He said, ‘You won!’ I didn’t believe him.” the Henrico woman said as the couple claimed the prize.

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 seventh top prize claimed in the game, which means three $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.

Maria, who works in housekeeping, said she has no immediate plans for the winnings.

“I keep asking him, ‘Did we really win this?’” she said.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 10, 2016
The Lunch Break of a Lifetime - Louisa County man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

John LoganWhat do you do on your lunch break each day?  Most would say the obvious: eat lunch.  Well, John Logan of Louisa County did much more than eat.  While on break, Mr. Logan decided to check the Cash 5 ticket he had purchased for the June 6 drawing.

“I checked my numbers and realized that they matched.  I kept checking them over and over,” said Logan.  “I’ve played these numbers for quite some time now.” 

This time, his numbers hit big.  He was holding a $100,000 winning ticket. 

Logan bought his winning ticket at the Louisa Mini Mart on West Main Street in Louisa County. 

This is Mr. Logan’s first “big win” as he described it, but he said he’ll continue to play the Lottery.  “This isn’t it for me,” he said.  When asked what he plans to do with his winnings, Mr. Logan stated that he plans to pay off some of his bills and save the rest. 

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 278,256.  The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 66.

Mr. Logan currently works in the Systems Department at Walmart.  When asked how it felt to be a winner, he responded that it hadn’t really sunk in for him yet, and he “just wanted to sleep” before his upcoming graveyard shift. 

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 10, 2016
Southampton County man uses Power Play to win $200,000 playing Powerball

Reginald EleyWhen Reginald Eley of Ivor plays Virginia Lottery games, he goes to April, a clerk at Woco Express, 35228 General Mahone Boulevard. They have a great clerk-customer relationship.

But something unusual happened when he asked April to check his Powerball ticket from the May 21 drawing.

“She checked the ticket and said, ‘You’re the one we’ve been waiting for!’” he recalled. “I told her, ‘Stop playing, April,’ and she said, ‘I’m not playing!’”

He matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which normally would win $50,000. However, he spent an extra dollar on Power Play when he bought the ticket. Because the Power Play number in that drawing was 4x, his extra dollar increased the prize to $200,000.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-7-9-23-32, and the Powerball number was 26. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Eley, who works as a maintenance man, said he hopes to use his winnings to help buy a house. And does he intend to do anything for his favorite clerk who sold him the winning ticket?

“She wants a tattoo,” he said. “I’m going to get it for her.”

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit 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 nearly $534 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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Jun 10, 2016
Sterling man collects $500,000 after taxes in Bank a Million game

Benjamin BenitaIt was a lazy Sunday afternoon, and Benjamin Benita was watching golf on television. When he checked the numbers on his Bank a Million ticket, he discovered he’d matched all six numbers.

The Sterling man collected $500,000 – after taxes. He won the top prize in the June 4 drawing.

He bought his winning ticket at Fairview Grocery, 9511 Fairview Avenue in Manassas. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Bank a Million gives players a chance to split a $2 wager into two sets of numbers, doubling the chances of winning. Using that “Play Your Way” feature, Mr. Benita won $500,000 on one of his sets of numbers.

“I’m not jumping up and down like maybe I should be,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The winning numbers were 7-22-23-24-25-26. The Bonus Ball number was 11, although he didn’t need it to win the top prize.

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

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the million-dollar prize with a $2 ticket. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  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 nearly $534 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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Jun 10, 2016
Shocker! Electrician wins $250,000 in Virginia Lottery

Hunter AtkinsEvery morning on his way to work, Hunter Atkins stops for an energy drink. Sometimes the Carrsville man also plays a Virginia Lottery game. That’s how he happened to be scratching a Big Winning Numbers ticket and discovered he’d won the game’s $250,000 top prize.

“I was actually in shock more than anything,” he said as he claimed his prize. “It was kind of hard to believe.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6020 Godwin Boulevard in Suffolk.

Mr. Atkins claimed the fifth and final $250,000 prize in Big Winning Numbers (game #1489), which means the game is now ended. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the last winning ticket is claimed. However, there are dozens of other Virginia Lottery Scratcher games available at retailers statewide.

Mr. Atkins, who works as an electrician, 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 nearly $534 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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Jun 09, 2016
Heavy equipment operator hauls in $100,000 prize

Bobby GodfreyIf you’d seen Bobby Godfrey at the moment he discovered he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, you might not have thought anything unusual had happened.

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” he later said. “I didn’t want to get too excited before I was sure.”

The Suffolk man matched all five numbers in the June 1 day drawing to win the game’s top prize. Those winning numbers were 1-2-10-12-22. He used Easy Pick and allowed the terminal to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Godfrey bought the winning ticket at New Dixie Mart, 1500 Armory Drive in Franklin.

The heavy equipment operator said he intends to pay bills and put some away for retirement.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 08, 2016
The Elite Eight - Outstanding Virginia educators receive Virginia Lottery Super Techer Awards

Virginia Lottery Super TeacherFor the ninth year, the Virginia Lottery recognized eight outstanding K-12 public school teachers in the Commonwealth with the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award.

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. Each teacher received the honor in a surprise presentation at his or her school, in front of students, faculty and special guests.

The 2016 honorees are:

  • Sybil Curry-Boyd, George Washington Middle School, Alexandria
  • Jennifer Warren, Sugarland Elementary School, Sterling
  • Amy McClure, the Governor's School of Southside Virginia, Keysville
  • Maurice Cullen, Virginia Beach Middle School, Virginia Beach
  • Courtney Lewis, George Watkins Elementary, Quinton
  • Jason Long, Lucy Addison Middle School, Roanoke
  • Gary Skeen, Virginia High School, Bristol
  • Juliane Codd, T.C. Boushall Middle School, Richmond

Nearly 800 teachers from across the Commonwealth were nominated. A panel of distinguished educators and community leaders selected the eight honorees, one from each geographic region across the state. The panel included:

  • 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominators. Each nomination includes 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.

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 $534 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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Jun 03, 2016
Waverly man “quietly” wins $500,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Michael ColeAs Michael Cole scratched his $3,000,000 Fortune ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he began to suspect it might be a really big winner. The Waverly man decided that was a good time to get away from the other customers in the store.

“So I eased around the side of the store to finish scratching it,” he said.

That’s when he discovered he was right: he’d just won the game’s $500,000 prize.

“I went back inside and asked the clerk to quietly verify it was a winner,” he said.

$3,000,000 Fortune (game #1576) features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. The $500,000 prize that Mr. Cole won is actually the second prize. 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 2.97.

He bought the winning ticket at East Coast, 4707 County Drive in Disputanta. He’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Cole, who is a small business owner in Waverly, 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 nearly $534 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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Jun 03, 2016
“We looked at the numbers over and over!” - Fairfax man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Ah LohAh Loh of Fairfax had just finished grocery shopping when he stopped to play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. He used Easy Pick and allowed the terminal to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

When the winning numbers were drawn for the May 28 night drawing, he ended up matching all five to win the $100,000 top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I checked my numbers online. We looked at the numbers over and over.”

The winning ticket was one of five that he bought at Burke Centre Exxon, 5701 Burke Centre Parkway in Burke.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 12-14-16-24-32.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 03, 2016
Mechanicsville teacher receives a free “Thank-You” vacation
Thousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s “Thank a Teacher” campaign. Angie Dalton of Kersey Creek Elementary School in Mechanicsville received that and a lot more! She won a four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Her name was drawn from nearly 5,000 teachers who entered their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On June 3, Virginia Lottery officials surprised her at the school with the good news. The special education teacher now has a choice of taking a beach-lovers, mountain-lovers or wine-lovers vacation.

The “Thank a Teacher” campaign kicked off one week before National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), and lasted through May 13. During that three-week period, nearly 30,000 thank-you notes were distributed by the Lottery to PTAs, and to the public from Virginia Lottery customer service centers and at retailer and consumer events. Virginians could use the blank cards to send a note to the teacher or teachers who’ve made a difference in their lives. They also could send it electronically from the Virginia Lottery website.

When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for the grand prize. Along with the top prize won by Ms. Dalton, a second prize of $500 and third prize of $250 were also awarded.

“Because the Virginia Lottery’s mission is to generate funds for K-12 schools, we get to meet a lot of teachers and see how hard they work,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “It was gratifying to see the response to this initiative. So many people want to thank the memorable teacher – or teachers – in their lives.”

The “Thank a Teacher” campaign is a first-time partnership between the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA. It’s a forum to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 03, 2016
Portsmouth woman collects $100,000 prize in Cash 5

Kathyanne Fowlkes“Calm, excited, quiet, everything at once.”

That’s how Kathyanne Fowlkes said she felt when she discovered she’d won the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Portsmouth woman matched all five numbers in the May 27 night drawing with a ticket she bought at Kang’s Amoco, 2600 Frederick Boulevard in Portsmouth.

She selected the numbers on her ticket, 3-6-7-10-28, using family birthdays.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I thought, ‘Really?’”

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 nearly $534 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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Jun 01, 2016
Who has the unclaimed $50,000 Powerball ticket?

PowerballThe clock is ticking. A Virginia Lottery player is in danger of missing out on $50,000. 

Someone bought a Powerball ticket for the December 12, 2015, drawing at Stoneybrook Shell, 15428 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News. When the winning numbers were drawn, it matched four numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000.

Since then, Lottery officials have waited for the winner to claim his or her prize. Now that winner must hurry. By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. That means this ticket expires at 5:00 p.m. (close of business) on Thursday, June 9.

The winning numbers in the December 12 Powerball drawing were 2-14-19-30-62, and the Powerball number was 22.

The person who has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery as soon as possible at 804-692-7777 or 757-825-7800.

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

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit 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 nearly $534 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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May 27, 2016
Portsmouth man splits $7 million prize with two family members

J. B. SimJ. B. Sim of Portsmouth found out he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash4Life® game when his brother showed him the winning numbers for the May 23 drawing. Although his brother was very excited, J. B. took it all in stride.

“I was happy. Then I went back to sleep,” he said. “I had to go to work the next morning.”

The prize is being split between Mr. Sim and his sister, Jaehee Yoshimoto of Kapolei, Hawaii, and sister-in-law, Nomee Sim of Belleview, Washington. Mr. Sim said it was his sister’s idea to begin playing the game. “She was the brains behind it,” he said.

The ticket was bought at Quest, 1256 George Washington Highway in Chesapeake. On May 27, Mr. Sim went back to the store to receive the check from the Virginia Lottery on behalf of his family members.

Their prize was a choice between $1,000 per day for life or a one-time cash option of $7 million before taxes. The three are splitting the cash option. They aren’t the only winners. The store received a $50,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The ticket matched all six numbers. The winning numbers were 4-19-26-33-58, and the Cash Ball number was 2.

“It’s a beautiful game,” he said as he claimed the prize.

Cash4Life® is played in Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In addition to the top prize of $1,000 per day for life, the game has a second prize of $1,000 per week for life. Drawings are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Each play costs $2.  The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 21.8 million. 

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 nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. 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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May 25, 2016
New Kent Teacher Receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Courtney Lewis is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2016 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

First grade teacher Ms. Lewis received the award today in a surprise presentation at George Watkins 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Nominator Krystle Walker has a student in Ms. Lewis’ class, and she says it’s evident that Courtney Lewis loves teaching:

“Her classroom is warm and inviting to parents and students. She has a smile on her face when the students arrive, making sure they know she is glad they are there. There is very rarely a substitute in her room because she wants her students to have consistency in their learning environment. Being on a personal level with her there will never be a child that leaves her classroom without a hug and love.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

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 who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

New Kent County Public Schools received more than $320,000 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 24, 2016
Ticket bought in Chesapeake wins $1,000 per day for life - Who is Virginia’s Cash4Life® winner?

Cash 4 LifeImagine collecting $1,000 every day for the rest of your life. Someone who played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash4Life® game has done just that. Now the Virginia Lottery is waiting for that winner to come forward.

The winning ticket was bought at Quest, 1256 George Washington Highway in Chesapeake. It matched all six numbers in the May 23 Cash4Life® drawing. Those winning numbers are 4-19-26-33-58, and the Cash Ball number is 2.

Whoever has that ticket will have the choice of taking $1,000 per day for the rest of his or her life or a one-time cash option of $7 million.

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

Cash4Life® is currently played in Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Drawings are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Each play costs $2.

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 nearly $534 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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May 20, 2016
Greene County dad goes grocery shopping and comes home with a million-dollar winning ticket

Marco HandyMarco Handy of Stanardsville was grocery shopping when he bought a Bank a Million ticket from the Virginia Lottery. A few days later, the self-described stay-at-home dad was shopping at the same grocery store and checked to see if he’d won anything. That’s when he discovered he’d won the game’s top prize of $1 million after taxes.

So he went home and told his wife the good news – but only after the groceries had been put away.

“I was in shock,” he said. “I told my wife to sit down. She said, ‘Is this real?’”

Mr. Handy matched all six numbers in the May 14 Bank a Million drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 136 Cedar Grove Road in Ruckersville. On May 19, he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers in the May 14 drawing were 6-7-11-16-20-29. The Bonus Ball number was 28, although he didn’t need it to win the top prize.  He used Easy Pick, which randomly selected the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Handy said the winnings will be used for education for his four children.

Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. The top prize is calculated so that winners actually receive $1 million after federal and state tax-withholdings. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  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 nearly $534 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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May 20, 2016
Richmond Teacher Receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Juliane Codd is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Eight grade Earth and Physical Science teacher Ms. Codd received the award today in a surprise presentation at T.C. Boushall 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Ms. Codd’s mother nominated her, saying that Julianne has dedicated herself to making science hands-on and realistic:

“She does not use a textbook because she knows (and her test scores prove) that working with materials and investigating science is how it has to be done. Juliane spends countless hours at the school working with the students during school hours and in after-school programs. At a school stricken with deep poverty, Juliane has raised more than $11,000 in supplies through grants and donations in two years so science can come out of the book and become reality for her students. Her tireless efforts are changing her students' lives.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominators. Each nomination includes 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 who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Richmond City Public Schools received more than $18.6 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 20, 2016
Virginia Beach Teacher Receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Maurice Cullen is one of those teachers, and that’s why he was selected to receive a 2016 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Seventh grade Life Sciences teacher Mr. Cullen received the award today in a surprise presentation at Virginia Beach 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Nominator Robert Kielbowicz volunteers with Mr. Cullen at the Butterfly Society of Virginia:

“Mr. Cullen is a Naturalist who chooses to teach. As a ‘critter expert,’ he identifies multitudes of wild creatures for local media. He makes science come alive by using these ongoing, diverse nature encounters in his classroom. By mentoring eighth grade Kemps Landing/Old Donation School teachers/students with their 2016 Capstone Butterfly Garden Project, Mr. Cullen addresses the decline of pollinators and what it means locally. He maintains personal insect collections and professional butterfly collections for the Butterfly Society of Virginia. He uses these community collaborations as real-life hands-on adventures for his students.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

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 who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Virginia Beach City Public Schools received more than $25.2 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 17, 2016
Loudoun County Teacher Receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Jennifer Warren is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Warren received the award today in a surprise presentation at Sugarland 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Principal and nominator, Dr. Gail Brady, says Ms. Warren lets her students know that there is no “box,” and their creativity can soar as high as they allow:

“From making math figures on the floor, to having students work out problems by writing on their desks with dry-erase markers to the high level of engagement with technology and hands-on small groups. These students receive authentic, culturally-relevant learning. Students are keepers of their own data. The level of rigor of lessons and the alignment of the written, taught, and tested curriculum, provides students with a solid bell-to-bell day of quality teaching and learning!”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominators. Each nomination includes 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 who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Loudon County Public Schools received more than $9.2 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 17, 2016
Campbell County woman almost threw away $500,000 winning ticket

Shirley KingShirley King isn’t the sort of person to throw money away, but that’s nearly what happened when she played the Virginia Lottery’s Super Ticket Jewels game. The Brookneal woman didn’t immediately realize she’d won the game’s $500,000 top prize.

“I almost put it in the trashcan,” she said.

Fortunately she realized her stroke of luck and kept the ticket. She bought it at Express Way, 408 Lusardi Drive in Brookneal.

Ms. King is the third and final top prize winner in Super Ticket Jewels, which means the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the top prize is claimed. 

“I enjoy the game,” Ms. King said as she claimed her prize. “I’ve enjoyed playing it.”

Super Ticket Jewels was notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket the Virginia Lottery ever offered – and the four different games it contained. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,305,600.

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 nearly $534 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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May 17, 2016
Washington County man scratches to win $150,000 playing Lucky Cherry Slots game

Floyd HinesHow would you react if you scratched a Virginia Lottery ticket and discovered it’s worth $150,000? Floyd Hines of Glade Spring didn’t seem to have much of a reaction, but there could be a reason for that.

“I didn’t get too excited,” he said. “I was probably in shock.”

Mr. Hines won the top prize in the Lucky Cherry Slots Scratcher game. He bought his winning ticket at JZ #2 Convenience, 33464 Lee Highway in Glade Spring.

“I could hardly believe it,” he said.

Lucky Cherry Slots is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. He is the eighth person to claim the top prize in this game, which means two $150,000 tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 440,640. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.13.

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 nearly $534 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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May 16, 2016
Bank a Million ticket bought in Ruckersville wins $1 million

Bank a Million logoCheck your tickets! One ticket in the Saturday, May 14, Bank a Million drawing matched all six numbers to win the top prize of $1 million after taxes.

So now the question is: Who has that ticket? It was bought at Food Lion, 136 Cedar Grove Road in Ruckersville.

The top prize in Bank a Million is calculated so that winners actually receive $1 million after federal and state tax-withholdings.

The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 6-7-11-16-20-29. The Bonus Ball number was 28, although this ticket didn’t need the Bonus Ball to win the top prize. The top prize in Bank a Million is won by matching those first six numbers.

Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim a prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. The winner should keep the ticket in a secure place until ready to contact the Virginia Lottery.

Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to the million-dollar prize with a $2 ticket. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  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 nearly $534 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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May 16, 2016
Alexandria Teacher Receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Sybil Currie-Boyd is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Mrs. Currie-Boyd, a middle school career and technology educator, received the award today in a surprise presentation at George Washington 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Colleague and nominator, art teacher Laura Dickey, says Ms. Currie-Boyd sets high standards and brings creativity into the classroom:

“Students are encouraged to design some of their own lessons. Mrs. Boyd combs the internet for dances, songs, and lessons which a middle schooler can understand, and sometimes you can hear them humming in the halls. Mrs. Boyd participated in a surprise flash dance to kick of SOL season (national testing). This is so important, because for the rest of the year students were rushing to her class to share with her brave things that they were doing. That joy directly translates to success in the classroom.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominators. Each nomination includes 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 who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Alexandria City Public Schools received more than $3.7 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 12, 2016
Alexandria man matches them all to win $100,000

Eleazar Leon Castro“When I saw the ticket I was very happy.”

That’s how Eleazar Leon Castro of Alexandria recounted the moment he realized he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the $100,000 top prize.

He bought his winning ticket for the April 29 night drawing at the 7-Eleven at 8226 Russell Road in Alexandria.

The plumber selected the numbers on his ticket, 1-4-16-20-28. “I like those numbers,” 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 nearly $534 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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May 12, 2016
Electrician uses Power Play to win $100,000

George JohnsonAs a retired electrician, George Johnson knows a thing or two about power. Now, he also knows all about Power Play. That’s how he won $100,000 in the May 7 Powerball drawing.

“I never expected to be this lucky,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I don’t think I was this nervous when I got married!”

Mr. Johnson matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000, but he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought the ticket. The Power Play number for that drawing was 2x, which doubled his prize to $100,000.

He bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 338 East Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-25-26-44-66, and the Powerball number was 9. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Mr. Johnson said his winnings will help make his retirement a little more comfortable. He said he’ll save this money as his “ace in the hole” in case unexpected expenses arise.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit 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 nearly $534 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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May 12, 2016
Sweet Dreams Are Made of $100,000 - Midlothian woman wins $100,000 in Cash 5 draw game

Audrey BowmanIf you went to bed knowing you had just won $100,000, would you be able to sleep? Audrey Bowman definitely couldn’t.  There was no time to dream for Mrs. Bowman.

This Midlothian woman tossed and turned all night after being handed a winning Cash 5 ticket by her husband of 29 years.

“Honey, I hit the lottery,” he said.   Mrs. Bowman shrugged it off.  “No, I hit it big,” her husband said.  After realizing how much the ticket was actually worth, she began jumping up and down out of sheer excitement and joy. 

Mrs. Bowman’s husband bought the Cash 5 ticket at Turner Road Shell on Hull Street in Richmond.  The winning numbers were 5, 9, 10, 19, 31. 

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 278,256.  The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 66. 

Mrs. Bowman, who works in insurance, says she and her husband haven’t quite yet decided what they’ll do with the money.  “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet… I might let him pay off his truck.” 

When asked how she was feeling about winning, Mrs. Bowman responded with “It’s more than I had when I went to bed last night.”

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 nearly $534 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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May 12, 2016
Foster Mother Spends Life Giving – Now Bedford County woman wins $150,000 in Cash 5 draw game

Regina Jackson“I’m not cooking at home tonight,” proclaimed 80-year-old Regina Jackson after she learned she had won $150,000 in the draw game Cash 5

 Mrs. Jackson said she knew exactly how much her tickets were worth after visiting a retailer to ask for the Cash 5 winning numbers for that day.  She went home, checked the three tickets she had purchased earlier that day, and they were a match. 

“You couldn’t slow me down,” she said. “I was crying and hollering. My family thought something was wrong.”

Mrs. Jackson purchased her three identical Cash 5 tickets at the Apple Market on North Bridge Street in Bedford County.  The winning numbers were 1, 7, 9, 26, 32. 

Although this is the largest amount she’s ever won from playing the lottery, she quickly stated that she is not going to stop playing. 

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 278,256.  The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 66.

Mrs. Jackson, now retired, worked as a foster mother for more than 30 years and, to this day, still takes care of her very first foster child.  When asked what she planned to do with her winnings, she said that she was going to pay off her mortgage and share the rest with her close family. 

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 nearly $534 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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May 10, 2016
She needed change for a taxi, so she bought a lottery ticket – and won $1 million!

Felecia HallAll Felecia Hall wanted was some change for a taxi, so she could go to lunch with her son. She stopped by Connie’s Market in Triangle and bought a Golden Spades Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

It wasn’t until later, after she’d sat down and ordered lunch in the restaurant, that she discovered she’d won the $1 million top prize.

“I thought I was going to have a heart attack right there in the restaurant,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe.”

Ms. Hall, who lives in Triangle, said she had won $110 in the same game just the previous night.

She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option. In addition, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Golden Spades features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Ms. Hall is the first $1 million winner to claim, which means two million-dollar tickets remain unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 3.4.

Ms. Hall works as a surgical technician. She said she intends to use her winnings to take care of her family.

“It just seems a little surreal,” she said as she claimed her prize.

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 nearly $534 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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May 10, 2016
Roanoke teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Jason Long is one of those teachers, and that’s why he was selected to receive the 2016 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Seventh grade history teacher Mr. Long received the award today in a surprise presentation at Lucy Addison 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Wife and nominator Liz Long says Jason often tries to stir up his lesson plans, wanting to keep students attentive and interested.

“He has brought in his guitar to play songs related to his lessons (the Jazz era, for example). For History club, he brought in his old Nintendo, a HUGE hit with the students. He is passionate about history, wanting students to understand where we come from so that we know where we're going. Outside of class, he offers extra credit for seeing topic-related movies, visiting museums or memorials, and the like.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

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 Jason Long who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Roanoke City Public Schools received more than $14.9 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 10, 2016
Bristol teacher receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Gary Skeen is one of those teachers, and that’s why he was selected to receive the 2016 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Band teacher Mr. Skeen received the award today in a surprise presentation at Virginia High 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win.

Michele Smith, the parent who nominated him, says Mr. Skeen always goes the extra mile for every one of his students.

“He spends countless hours after school, on holidays, and on weekends perfecting the band's field show, helping the color guard with new routines, fundraising for additional funding for the group, or championing the VHS band in the community and region. He never says no to a performance and always has a smile on his face when dealing with parents and students. He makes each student feel like they belong and are welcome in the band. He is truly the face of our community.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

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 Gary Skeen who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Bristol City Public Schools received more than $1.7 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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, and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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May 10, 2016
The first lottery ticket she ever bought wins $200,000!

Samantha StranoTalk about beginner’s luck!

Samantha Strano was just two weeks past her 18th birthday when she bought her first lottery ticket: a Jewel 7s Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. That ticket turned out to be a $200,000 winner!

“It’s kind of mind-blowing,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I never expected to do this.”

She bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 841 South Military Highway in Virginia Beach.

“Now I have money to go to college, to nursing school,” she said.

The high school senior said she scratched the ticket while she was still in the store but quickly went to her car when she realized it was a big winner.

Jewel 7’s (game #1550) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Tiger Eye Gold like the one Ms. Strano bought, Opal Sparkling, Garnet Red or Tanzanite Violet. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27.

She is the sixth person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means four $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Ms. Strano lives just across the state line in Corapeake, NC. When asked if she intends to keep playing, she replied, “Probably.”

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 nearly $534 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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May 09, 2016
Mechanicsville man goes out to lunch and wins $250,000

Arthur Eisler IIIWhen Arthur Eisler went out to lunch, he had a $10 winning Virginia Lottery ticket to cash in. So the Mechanicsville man used those winnings to buy a few more tickets to scratch with his wife. One of them was a Queen of Hearts ticket. When he scratched it, he saw something he’d never seen before.

“My wife looked at me and said, ‘What’s the matter?’” he recalled. “I said, ‘I think we just won $250,000!’”

He was right. He bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 9200 Chamberlayne Road in Mechanicsville.

“We sat in the parking lot for a while just pondering what to do,” he said. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling.”

Queen of Hearts is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $250,000. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means two $250,000 tickets 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 nearly $534 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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May 09, 2016
Pulaski County man leaps to $150,000 top prize in “Frogger” game

Daniel Shepherd“You’re not going to believe how much we’ve won!”

That’s how Daniel Shepherd told his wife he’d won the $150,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Frogger Scratcher game. The Dublin man said he has a fun connection to the familiar game.

“I still have the old Atari game,” he said. “It’s an antique.”

He bought his winning ticket at Charlie’s Market, 129 Broad Street in Dublin.

“I was pretty much in shock,” the retiree said as he claimed his prize.

Frogger is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 454,629. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.3. There are currently four $150,000 prizes unclaimed in this game.

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 nearly $534 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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May 08, 2016
Powerball ticket bought in Virginia wins $1 million

PowerballAlthough the jackpot-winning ticket in the May 7 Powerball drawing was not bought in Virginia, there was no shortage of winners in the Commonwealth. A total of 76,512 tickets bought in Virginia won prizes, including one ticket that won $1 million and one ticket that won $100,000.

The ticket that won $1 million was bought at 7-Eleven, 6720 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. It matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

The ticket that won $100,000 did so by matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000, but whoever bought this ticket spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he or she bought the ticket. That increased the prize to $100,000. It was bought at Fas Mart, 338 East Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

In the 18 drawings leading up to last night’s drawing, during which there was no jackpot winner, the sale of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated an estimated $7.6 million in profits. By law, all of those profits go to K-12 education in Virginia.

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 nearly $534 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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May 05, 2016
More than 43,000 tickets in Virginia win prizes in Wednesday’s drawing

PowerballThe Wednesday, May 4, Powerball drawing really brought out the winners in Virginia. A total of 43,532 tickets sold in Virginia won prizes, including two tickets that each won $50,000. But since no one in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing grows to $415 million.

The two tickets that each won $50,000 in Wednesday night’s drawing were bought at:

  • 7-Eleven, 1575 Mill Dam Road in Virginia Beach
  • 7-Eleven, 7001 Dale Blvd. in Woodbridge

Virginia Lottery officials expect to sell about 800,000 Powerball tickets in the Commonwealth on Saturday alone. At peak times on Saturday, the Virginia Lottery expects to sell 1,600 Powerball tickets per minute across Virginia.

If one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $415 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $269.7 million before taxes.

This is the largest jackpot since the record-shattering $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot for the January 13 drawing.

The profit from every Powerball ticket bought in Virginia, like tickets from all other Virginia Lottery games, 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 replayed on www.valottery.com.  The cut-off time to buy a ticket is 10:00 p.m. on the night of the 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 nearly $534 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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May 03, 2016
Virginia’s First Lady helps kick off Thank-a-Teacher campaign

Thank a TeacherVirginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe was at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School in Suffolk today to help the Virginia Lottery introduce its Thank-a-Teacher campaign in Hampton Roads. The campaign coincides with National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Students assisted the First Lady in signing a giant Thank-You card to share with teachers.  She was joined on stage by Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto, Suffolk Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Chavis, and Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary Principal David LeFevre. For further details, see the news release below.

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces State Partnership for Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank-you note campaign asks for public’s support in recognizing K-12 teachers

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a state partnership aimed at recognizing the Commonwealth’s dedicated teachers.  The Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA are partnering to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) by pledging to thank as many Virginia K-12 teachers as possible for their hard work.

“Every day, educators from across the Commonwealth are providing our young people with the world class education they need to be successful, and these teachers deserve our gratitude,” Governor McAuliffe said. “My Administration is proud to support this unique partnership designed to recognize our teachers and their relentless commitment to educating and inspiring young Virginians.”

The “Thank a Teacher” campaign encourages the public to participate by sending thank-you notes to K-12 school teachers they value, beginning today and ending on May 6. Qualifying teachers who receive a thank-you note can enter a drawing for a chance to win a memorable Virginia vacation through a partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

“Our teachers deserve our respect, our support and our admiration,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. “Our educators are true agents of change in our schools, and this state partnership will allow citizens in every corner of the Commonwealth to let teachers know just how much they contribute to our shared community.”

To kick off the campaign, Secretary Holton will take part in a press conference at Westover Hills Elementary tomorrow in Richmond. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will take part in a similar press conference at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary in Suffolk next week.

“Because all Virginia Lottery profits benefit K-12 public education, we are fortunate to meet many teachers and observe their hard work,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “If you know amazing teachers in Virginia, join us and say ‘thanks’ – for making a difference for our children, our communities and our Commonwealth.”

Postcard notes are available through participating PTA chapters, all Virginia Lottery Customer Service Centers, and thank-you note writing stations at select Virginia Lottery retailers. Digital thank-you notes and more information about the writing station locations across the state are available at www.valottery.com/thankateacher.

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Apr 29, 2016
Charles City man wins $200,000 in “Dogs Playing Poker” game

Nicholas MaysIf you see Nick Mays on crutches because of his broken leg, you might be tempted to think he’s unlucky.

You’d be wrong.

The Charles City man is very lucky. He scratched a Dogs Playing Poker ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the $200,000 top prize.

“At first I thought I’d won a hundred bucks,” he said.

Mr. Mays, who has a difficult time getting around because of his broken leg, called a friend to pick him up. That’s when he stopped by the Fas Mart at 4001 East Williamsburg Road in Sandston and bought the ticket. He scratched the ticket at the counter, and said it took him a while to realize it was actually a top prize winner.

Dogs Playing Poker is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one $200,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 795,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

Mr. Mays, who works as a plumber and handy man, said he hopes to use his winnings to 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 29, 2016
Bartender takes a shot at “50x the Money” – and wins $200,000
Amanda LongAmanda Long was shopping with her mom when she decided to try her luck with a lottery game. The Fredericksburg woman went to the Lottery Express machine and picked out the Virginia Lottery’s 50X the Money game.

“I was drawn to that one,” she said.

It turned out to be a lucky choice. When she scratched the ticket in the car, she discovered she’d won $200,000.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize.

She bought the winning ticket at K-Mart, 3655 Plank Road in Fredericksburg.

The prize she won is actually the second-highest prize in the 50x the Money game. The top prize is $5 million. Ms. Long is the second person to win that $200,000 prize, which means six similar prizes have yet to be claimed. One $5 million prize has been awarded, which means two have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 795,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

Ms. Long, who works as a bartender, said she intends to buy a new car with her winnings and take care of her family.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 27, 2016
Keysville Teacher Receives “Super Teacher” Award
There are some amazing teachers out there – Super Teachers, in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Amy McClure is one of those teachers, and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2016 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.

Mrs. McClure received the award today in a surprise presentation at The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia 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 ninth 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 nearly 800 total. From there, a panel of judges selects eight teachers – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Amy McClure is the first educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2016. Seven more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 

“Calculus and pre-calculus are tough subjects for our students,” points out nominator and colleague Dr. Joyce Hurt. “While Mrs. McClure is an excellent teacher, she also uses every technological advancement available to help her students learn. For example, she uses SmartBoard, SmartNotebook, Google Docs, Blackboard, Remind 101, Apple TV, iPads, Turning Point Clickers, document cameras, QR Codes, Skype, Green Screen Technology, and Google Handouts to enhance her students' learning opportunities. She is very cognizant of the diversity of learning styles, and she strives to accommodate them. She also incorporates projects and hands-on experiments to make her lessons more interesting.”

The 2016 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
  • Jane Brooks, President of the Virginia PTA
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville

The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominators. Each nomination includes 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 who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”

Virginia’s public schools received more than $534 million in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2015. 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 and Career and Technical Education.

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 $534 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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Apr 26, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces State Partnership for Teacher Appreciation Week -- Thank-you note campaign asks for public’s support in recognizing K-12 teachers

Thank a Teacher CampaignRICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today a state partnership aimed at recognizing the Commonwealth’s dedicated teachers.  The Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA are partnering to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) by pledging to thank as many Virginia K-12 teachers as possible for their hard work.

“Every day, educators from across the Commonwealth are providing our young people with the world class education they need to be successful, and these teachers deserve our gratitude,” Governor McAuliffe said. “My Administration is proud to support this unique partnership designed to recognize our teachers and their relentless commitment to educating and inspiring young Virginians.”

The “Thank a Teacher” campaign encourages the public to participate by sending thank-you notes to K-12 school teachers they value, beginning today and ending on May 6. Qualifying teachers who receive a thank-you note can enter a drawing for a chance to win a memorable Virginia vacation through a partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

“Our teachers deserve our respect, our support and our admiration,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. “Our educators are true agents of change in our schools, and this state partnership will allow citizens in every corner of the Commonwealth to let teachers know just how much they contribute to our shared community.”

To kick off the campaign, Secretary Holton will take part in a press conference at Westover Hills Elementary tomorrow in Richmond. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will take part in a similar press conference at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary in Suffolk next week.

“Because all Virginia Lottery profits benefit K-12 public education, we are fortunate to meet many teachers and observe their hard work,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “If you know amazing teachers in Virginia, join us and say ‘thanks’ – for making a difference for our children, our communities and our Commonwealth.”

Postcard notes are available through participating PTA chapters, all Virginia Lottery Customer Service Centers, and thank-you note writing stations at select Virginia Lottery retailers. Digital thank-you notes and more information about the writing station locations across the state are available at www.valottery.com/thankateacher.

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Apr 25, 2016
Vienna man wins $5 million top prize in “50X the Money” game
Robert Young won twice. First he spent $5 on a Virginia Lottery ticket and won $20. Then the Vienna man used his $20 winnings to buy a 50X the Money ticket, and that ticket won $5 million!

“I was in shock,” he said. “I parlayed the $5 win into a $5 million win.”

On April 25, he received his first check from the Virginia Lottery. The prize is $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or approximately $166,000 per year before taxes. He chose the annual payments over a lesser one-time cash option.

He bought his winning ticket at Giant, 5740 Union Mill Road in Clifton.

“I wasn’t sure if it was a winning ticket, so I showed the clerk,” Mr. Young recalled. “She said, ‘Oh yes, this is a winner.’ My head was spinning a little bit at this point.”

This is the fourth and final top prize claimed in 50X the Money (game #1469), which means the game is now closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the final top prize is claimed. Mr. Young beat odds of 1 in 2,448,000 to win the top prize.

However, because the game is so popular, the Virginia Lottery has another 50X the Money Scratcher (game #1612), which currently has two $5 million prizes available.

Interestingly, now that he’s won the big prize, he says he probably won’t play anymore.

“Mission accomplished,” he said.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 25, 2016
Yorktown man wins top prize in “$3,000,000 Fortune” game

Salama SalibWhen Salama Salib discovered he’d won the $3 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $3,000,000 Jackpot game, he was in the car.

“I had to pull over and grab a coffee just to calm down,” he said.

The Yorktown man bought the winning ticket at 1st Stop Mart, 811 East Main Street in Newport News.

He had the choice of taking the full $3 million in annual payments over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $2,043,000. He chose the cash option.

$3,000,000 Jackpot (game #1464) features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. Mr. Salib is the second top prize winner in this game, which means two more $3 million tickets are unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 22, 2016
Falls Church man wins $100,000 in “10X the Money”

Mauricio RivasMauricio Rivas has had some good luck playing Virginia Lottery games before, but never like this. The Falls Church man bought a 10X the Money ticket and scratched it to reveal the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I’m very happy!” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 7461 Lee Highway in Falls Church.

10X the Money (Game #1555) features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Mr. Rivas is the seventh and final player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1555, meaning the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the top prize is claimed.  

The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in this game were 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Rivas said he hopes to buy a new car with 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 22, 2016
Lightning strikes again for Colonial Heights man - He wins $100,000 in Cash 5 for the second time

Tony CitarelliTony Citarelli. The Colonial Heights man won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game in May of 2013, and now it’s happened again.

He matched all five numbers in the April 5 Cash 5 night drawing.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 6-15-18-31-32. He bought his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2311 Oaklawn Boulevard in Hopewell while he was on his way to work. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select his numbers.

The next day, he said his 90-year-old father told him to check his ticket because someone had won.

“He knew before I did,” Mr. Citarelli said.

Don’t expect him to go on a spending spree with his winnings.

“We’re frugal,” he said.

How frugal? He said he still has part of his 2013 win saved.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 22, 2016
Bluefield woman wins $150,000 top prize in “Frogger” game

Deborah WilliamsDeborah Williams recognized the Virginia Lottery’s new Scratcher game when it first appeared in the store.

“Frogger is an old Atari game,” she said. “I played it with my kids.”

The Bluefield, West Virginia, woman never suspected she’d win $150,000 playing that same game, but it happened when she bought a Frogger ticket and became the game’s first top prize winner.

“I kept looking at it and thinking, ‘No, I made a mistake,’” she said. “That doesn’t happen to me.”

She bought the winning ticket at Graham Mart, 1302 Virginia Avenue in Bluefield, Virginia.

Frogger is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. Since this is the first top prize claimed in the game, that means six $150,000 prizes remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 454,629. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.3.

Ms. Williams said she has no 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 15, 2016
Charles City man wins $100,000 in “10X the Money”

Howard HarrisHoward Harris is a very lucky person. The Charles City man played the Virginia Lottery’s 10X the Money game and won the $100,000 top prize.

He bought his winning ticket at Miller Mart, 8934 Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg.

Mr. Harris said he had to check his ticket twice because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

10X the Money (Game #1555) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Mr. Harris is the sixth player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1555, meaning there is one more top prize yet to be claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,049,143. 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 15, 2016
Crane operator wins a towering prize: $175,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Raul CarcamoRaul Carcamo was on his way to get a haircut when he stopped and bought an Aces High Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. However, when the Alexandria man scratched his ticket, he forgot all about the haircut. He’d won the game’s $175,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 5834 North Kings Highway in Alexandria, but he didn’t tell anyone about his win.

“I’m acting normal, like nothing is going on,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I went to work today.”

Aces High (game #1556) features prizes ranging from $5 to $175,000. He is the third and final player to claim the $175,000 top prize, which means the game has ended. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games when the final top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in Aces High are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.27.

Mr. Carcamo, who works as a tower crane operator, said he hopes to buy a new house with 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 14, 2016
Powerball ticket bought in Southampton County will expire soon if winner doesn’t come forward

PowerballSomewhere there is a Powerball ticket worth $50,000. It might be in a wallet or a glove compartment or tucked away somewhere. It was bought at the 7-Eleven at 23138 Main Street in Courtland for the October 24, 2015, drawing. Since then, the Virginia Lottery has waited for the winner to come forward and claim his or her prize. But time is running out. That person needs to claim the prize before it’s too late.

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. That means this $50,000 ticket will become worthless at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on April 21, unless the winner comes forward.

The winning numbers in the October 24 Powerball drawing were 20-31-56-60-64, and the Powerball number was 2. This ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number.

The person who has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery as soon as possible at 804-692-7777 or 757-825-7800.

By law, all unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes go to Virginia’s Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 13, 2016
Woodbridge man returns from vacation to $1 million Powerball prize
It’s not always much fun returning home after a vacation. But Glenn Spence had a good reason to hurry home after his recent vacation. The Woodbridge man knew he had a Powerball ticket worth $1 million waiting for him.

Mr. Spence matched the first five numbers in the March 23 Powerball drawing.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I never win anything. My heart was pounding. I couldn’t wait to tell my wife. She didn’t believe me.”

Since the couple was about to leave on vacation, he locked the ticket in a safe place until they returned.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 14116 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. On April 13 he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. He’s not the only winner. The store received $10,000 from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Spence, who served 25 years in the U. S. Air Force before retiring, selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays. The winning numbers in that drawing were 5-8-15-22-49, and the Powerball number was 25.

So how was vacation, knowing that a $1 million Powerball ticket was waiting at home?

“We spent a little more money than we normally would,” he laughed.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit 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 nearly $534 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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Apr 12, 2016
Pizza + lottery tickets = $250,000 win for Chesapeake man

Patrick McNealPatrick McNeal was ready for a night of pizza with his son. While the Chesapeake man was picking up the pizza, he decided to cash in a few winning Virginia Lottery tickets. He used his winnings to get a few more tickets. One of them, a Triple Black Cherry ticket, turned out to be a $250,000 winner!

He bought the winning ticket at Peake Mart, 4505 Old Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.

Mr. McNeal was already preparing to retire from the U. S. Coast Guard after 22 years of service. He said the winning experience was a great way to share in the excitement with his son.

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 second top prize claimed in the game, which means one $250,000 prize remains 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. McNeal said the winnings will help pay for his children’s education.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 12, 2016
Manassas man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Jaideep KantharajJaideep Kantharaj is keeping his recent win in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game in perspective.

“It’s just money,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I’m not going to jump up and down. Life has more important things.”

The Manassas man matched all five numbers in the March 25 day drawing. The winning numbers were 2-8-16-23-30. He selected the numbers on his ticket.

He bought the ticket at the store he owns, Good Times Tobacco, 9110 Devlin Road in Bristow.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 06, 2016
Richmond man wins $500,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing
Don’t tell Landon Davis that you need a winning ticket to collect the top prize. He knows better. The Richmond man entered his non-winning Scratcher tickets in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion, and one of his entries won the $500,000 grand prize.

“I’m just flabbergasted!” he said, when informed by Game Guy that he’d won. “I never expected this to happen.”

Mr. Davis’ ticket was drawn from more than 2.7 million entries in the April 1 drawing. He’s not the only winner. With eXTRA Chances, players have a chance to win each day with hundreds of instant-win cash prizes, ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes!

The next grand prize drawing will be held on July 1, again with a $500,000 grand prize. Any non-winning ticket from a Virginia Lottery Scratcher containing the eXTRA Chances logo can be entered. The deadline to enter is June 27, 2016.

Mr. Davis said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to give to his church, where he sings in the choir, and help out his family.

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 nearly $534 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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Apr 05, 2016
No fooling: Glen Allen man wins $500,000 on April Fools Day

Subramanyam KannanSubramanyam Kannan says playing the lottery is his hobby. On April 1, that hobby won the Glen Allen man $500,000 when he scratched to win big in the Virginia Lottery’s $3,000,000 Jackpot game.

He bought the winning ticket at Glen Allen Fast Food, 13163 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

He said he scratched part of the ticket and realized he’d won something, although he didn’t know how much.

“I put it in my car,” he later said. “I totally forgot.”

It wasn’t until later, as he was cleaning his car, that he spotted the ticket and finished scratching it. That’s when he finally realized how much he’d won.

$3,000,000 Jackpot (game #1464) features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. The $500,000 prize that Mr. Kannan won is actually the second prize. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize 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 nearly $534 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 31, 2016
Keeping it in the family: Three Richmond-area siblings split $100,000 prize

Jonathan Morris-Lowery & FamilyJonathan Morris-Lowery of Glen Allen thought he imagined it when he saw he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery.

“I went back to sleep because I thought it was a dream,” he said. “I woke up the next morning and checked and it was still there!”

His sisters Chrystal Morris-Lowery of Henrico and Heather Dedie of Richmond didn’t believe it either.

“They thought I was lying. Then I showed them,” he said.

The three siblings play the lottery together and split the $100,000 prize for matching all five winning numbers in the March 18 Cash 5 night drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-10-16-24-29.

Jonathan bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 9085 Woodman Road in Richmond. He selected those numbers because they match up with their 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 nearly $534 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 31, 2016
It’s all in the numbers: Virginia Beach man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Michael WigginsMichael Wiggins says he’s always liked numbers.

Well, you might say the numbers liked him on March 26. That’s the night he matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win $100,000.

The Virginia Beach man won with a ticket he bought at Miller Mart, 627 Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach. He chose the numbers on his ticket, 5-9-15-18-34, using important family dates.

He discovered he’d won when he called the Virginia Lottery’s winning numbers line at 804-662-LUCK. After listening to it once, he said he called back just to make sure he’d really won.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I feel like I can do it again!”

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 nearly $534 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 31, 2016
Ashland man wins $100,000

Vishal John“I’m so excited, I can’t tell you my feeling.

That’s how Vishal John of Ashland described how it feels to claim the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

Mr. John matched all five numbers in the March 23 night drawing. The winning numbers were 14-20-23-24-30. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He bought his winning ticket at Valero, 5116 Mudd Tavern Road in Woodford, just off Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County.

Mr. John 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 nearly $534 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 29, 2016
Eastern Shore man wins $5 million top prize in “50X the Money” game

Addison MatthewsAddison Matthews of Onancock was in Virginia Beach on a Sunday evening when he decided to buy a Virginia Lottery ticket.

“I was just passing by and I thought I’d try my luck,” he later said.

That turned out to be a $5 million decision. He bought a 50X the Money ticket that ended up winning the top prize.

“I was excited,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep that night.”

He bought the winning ticket at Rite Aid, 324 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach. On March 29, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. He had a choice of taking the full $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,808,989 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

50X the Money (game #1612) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $5 million. This is the first top prize claimed in game #1612, which means two more have yet to be claimed. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 632,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.07.

Mr. Matthews, who describes himself as “semi-retired,” 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 nearly $534 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 24, 2016
Happy Birthday! - Norfolk mechanic wins $500,000 on the day after his birthday

For Lavar DavisLavar Davis, a late birthday present was worth half a million dollars. The Norfolk man had five winning tickets in the March 19 Cash 5 day drawing. Each won the game’s top prize of $100,000, for a total of $500,000.

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” he said as he collected his winnings. “I called my father-in-law to double-check the numbers. He looked and started screaming.”

Mr. Davis selected the numbers on all five tickets, 2-5-18-24-26, using family birthdays. He bought the tickets at Tinee Giant, 600 Thole Street in Norfolk.

The auto mechanic said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to become debt-free.

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 nearly $534 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 24, 2016
Suffolk man who won $700,000 in October wins big again!

Danny LaurentWhen Danny Laurent of Suffolk played the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game on March 17, he didn’t just play once. He bought 20 plays, each with the same four-digit combination. When that combination, 0-5-1-6, was drawn, all 20 of those tickets became winners. The prize for each winning ticket was $5,000, for a total of $100,000.

He bought the winning tickets at Harris Teeter, 7386 Harbour Towne Parkway in Suffolk.

And that’s not all… This isn’t the first time he’s won big in the Virginia Lottery. In October, he won a total of $700,000 in a single drawing.

“If I get a feeling, I might play the number several times,” he said as he claimed his most recent prize.

He said he didn’t initially intend to play the same number 20 times when he bought the ticket. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the number combination. When he saw 0-5-1-6, he said, “Well, that looks like a lucky number. Let’s see what happens.”

Winning again was “pure crazy luck,” he said. “I was pretty astonished.”

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The top prize for a $1 play is $5,000. The chances of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

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 nearly $534 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 24, 2016
Nelson County man scores $100,000 win in Redskins Champions Club Promotion

Verne DebilzanThe football season may be over, but Verne DeBilzan just scored a touchdown! The Arrington man won the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Redskins Champions Club Promotion.

Mr. DeBilzan, who describes himself as a “die-hard Redskins fan,” initially bought a Redskins Champions Club Scratcher ticket, which turned out not to be a winner when he scratched it.  However, instead of throwing it away, he entered the ticket into the March 16 Redskins Champion Club Promotion drawing. His ticket was drawn from more than 300,000 entries.

Other prizes in this drawing included three winners of premium club seat season tickets for the 2016 season at FedExField and nine winners of autographed Redskins superstar jerseys.

Mr. DeBilzan, a self-employed sub-contractor, said winning this is prize is “awesome!”

Although the promotion has now ended, the Redskins Champions Club Scratcher ticket is still available at retailers with one $100,000 winning ticket yet to be claimed. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $100,000. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 979,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.46.

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 nearly $534 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 24, 2016
Powerball ticket bought in Woodbridge wins $1 million

PowerballCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing that ended up winning $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 14116 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge.

The winning numbers for the March 23 Powerball drawing were 5-8-15-22-49, and the Powerball number was 25. 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 nationwide to match the first five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing. No ticket matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Saturday, March 26, drawing has grown to an estimated $101 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 nearly $534 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 15, 2016
Chantilly woman matches all five numbers to win $100,000

Michela Morrison“I hugged my husband so tight and he said, ‘I knew you’d win!’”

That’s how Michela Morrison of Chantilly recalled the moment she discovered she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

She didn’t realize it at first, though. She said she first thought she’d won $5, then possibly $100.

“And I looked and I looked and I looked,” she said, finally realizing she had indeed matched all five numbers in the March 9 night drawing.

Those winning numbers were 13-22-24-25-28. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select her numbers. She bought the winning ticket at BJ’s, 13053 Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax.

Ms. Morrison, who is a small business owner with her husband, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to give to charity.

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 nearly $534 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 15, 2016
Henry County man wins a jewel of a prize: $200,000

Keith RobertsIt was a quiet Saturday evening at home when Keith Roberts pulled out a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket and idly scratched it. That’s when he saw something he’d never seen before.

“I looked at my wife and she thought something was wrong,” he later said.

Actually, something was very right. The Collinsville man had just discovered he’d won the $200,000 top prize in the Jewel 7s game.

“It was about an hour before I got over the shock!” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at Skymart, 3716 Virginia Avenue in Collinsville.

The odds of winning the top prize in Jewel 7s (game #1550) are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27. Mr. Roberts is the fifth person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means five $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Mr. Roberts, who is a small business owner, 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 nearly $534 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 15, 2016
Providence Forge man takes home a $200,000 winning ticket

Carlin NashCarlin Nash was just sitting in his car, scratching some Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets, when his day suddenly became very interesting. The Providence Forge man realized he’d won $200,000 in the 50x the Money game.

“I couldn’t believe it!” he said. “I took the ticket home and finished scratching it.”

He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 1234 Richmond Road in Williamsburg.

The prize he won is actually the second-highest prize in the 50x the Money game. The top prize is $5 million. Mr. Nash is the first person to win that $200,000 prize, which means seven similar prizes have yet to be claimed. No one has yet claimed one of the three $5 million prizes. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 795,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

Mr. Nash, who is retired, says the winnings will help pay off his sons’ student loans.

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 nearly $534 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 15, 2016
“My eyes couldn’t believe it!” - Hampton man wins $175,000 with a winning Scratcher ticket

Antoine CooperAntoine Cooper had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket in his pocket worth $25. So he stopped by the 7-Eleven at 2600 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News and used some of those winnings to buy a Cash Blast ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

Later, when he got to work, he took a moment and scratched the ticket. That’s when he discovered he’d won the game’s $175,000 top prize.

“My eyes couldn’t believe it!” he said.

The Hampton man claimed the first top prize in Cash Blast (game #1571), which means two $175,000 tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in Cash Blast are 1 in 4.28.

“It feels wonderful,” he said as he claimed his prize. “My kids are going to Disney World!”

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 nearly $534 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 08, 2016
“I just happened to pick the right ticket.” - Chesapeake man wins $200,000 in “Dogs Playing Poker” game

Dennis MooreYou might say Dennis Moore has a lucky scratching hand. First, the Chesapeake man won $1,000 in a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Then he played the Dogs Playing Poker Scratcher game and won the $200,000 top prize.

It happened when he was working installing ceramic tile in Stafford. He and a coworker stopped for coffee at the 7-Eleven at 201 Garrisonville Road. That’s when he bought the Dog’s Playing Poker ticket.

“I just happened to pick the right ticket,” he later said. “I couldn’t believe I’d won.”

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 795,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.32.

And, by the way, as he claimed his prize at the Virginia Lottery customer service center, he bought another ticket that won $100.

Dogs Playing Poker is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means two $200,000 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 nearly $534 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 08, 2016
Five identical winning tickets in the same drawing = $500,000 for Virginia Beach man

Vincent PressleyIf winning once is good, winning five times is better! Just ask Vincent Pressley. The Virginia Beach man matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 drawing on five separate tickets. The prize for doing that once is $100,000, so his total winnings came to $500,000.

“We’re ecstatic. We’re trying to hold our composure,” his brother Carlson said as he watched Vincent claim his prize.

Vincent bought all five winning tickets for the March 4 Cash 5 day drawing at Getty Mart, 4100 George Washington Highway in Portsmouth. He selected his numbers, 4-9-11-19-23, using family 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 nearly $534 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 08, 2016
Firefighter wins a smokin’ prize in Virginia Lottery’s hottest game: $500,000

Caleb FineCaleb Fine was on his way to work out when he stopped at Grab n Go on Sterrett Road in Fairfield to get something to drink. At the counter, he noticed the unusually large box containing the Virginia Lottery’s Super Ticket Jewels game.

“It’s ginormous,” he later said. “The clerk said that game is selling well.”

So the Fairfield man bought two tickets, leaving just one left in the box.

“I can’t let that go to waste,” he said, so he bought that one too. When he scratched that last ticket, he became the game’s second $500,000 top prize winner.

“I didn’t believe it,” he said.

Super Ticket Jewels is notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket the Virginia Lottery has ever offered – and the four different games it contains. In fact, it’s become the fastest-selling $10 ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s history.

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 3.32. Since he’s the second player to claim the top prize, there’s one more top prize ticket unclaimed in the game. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Fine, who is a professional firefighter, said winning the top prize won’t change him.

“This is a nice bonus,” he said.

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 nearly $534 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 04, 2016
A year after her daughter won $150,000, Hampton woman wins $400,000

Deborah Helm

Winning apparently runs in Deborah Helm’s family. First, her daughter, Dara Roe, scratched to win $150,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Money Maker game. Then, just a day short of one year later, Ms. Helm had four winning tickets of her own to redeem. Each of them matched the winning numbers in the March 2 Cash 5 day drawing, to win a total of $400,000.

“My daughter called me screaming to see if I played my numbers for the day,” she said.

Those winning numbers were 4-5-10-12-27. She bought the four winning tickets at Farm Fresh, 227 Foxhill Road in Hampton. She said she selected those numbers based on her grandchildren’s birthdays.

“It’s just unreal, especially since my daughter and I won a year apart!” 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 nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. 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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Mar 03, 2016
Arlington man wins $2.5 million prize while waiting for his car to be repaired

John JohnsNo one enjoys waiting for a car to be repaired – unless you happen to win the lottery while waiting!

That’s what happened to John Johns of Arlington. While his car was in the shop, he walked over to the 7-Eleven at 7330 Richmond Highway in Alexandria for a cup of coffee. He also played a few Virginia Lottery Scratcher games while he was there. That’s when he won the top prize in the $2,500,000 Cash Winfall game.

“I had to look two or three times to make sure,” he said. “I just put the ticket in my pocket and left the store.”

On March 3, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. He had a choice of taking the full $2.5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $1,351,351 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It feels good,” Mr. Johns said. “It’s still sinking in.”

$2,500,000 Cash Winfall is one of dozens of games available from the