Header
Winning Numbers
Shopping cart
Chat with us
Media CenterRetailer CenterHow To ClaimContact Us

Welcome to the Virginia Lottery online Media Center. Whether or not you're a member of the working news media, feel free to use the resources on this page. If you need help beyond what's available here, please contact the Virginia Lottery's Communications Department at 804-692-7778.

Virginia Lottery - Media Relations
Phone: (804) 692-7778
Fax: (804) 692-7775 virginialottery@valottery.com

Search for press releases by year via the drop down menu below, or by keyword. Click "search" and view results below

choose a year:
enter a keyword:

VIEW DETAILS
Feb 27, 2014
Fairfax woman wins $100,000 prize in Virginia Lottery

Lucicleide DelsignoreSimple gratitude does not begin to describe how Lucicleide Silva Delsignore, a construction entrepreneur, says she felt when she realized she’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5  game.

“Prior to even checking the numbers, I just had a feeling that I had won something,” said Delsignore.  “Once I saw that I had matched the numbers, my husband read the rules 30 times just to make sure we had won $100 thousand.”

She purchased the ticket at the Giant Food, 6980 Braddock Road in Annandale, for the February 18 night drawing.  The winning numbers were 7-11-14-19-29.

“I usually only play Mega Millions or Power Ball with numbers that are special to me but this time, I decided to play Cash 5 and let the computer pick the numbers for me, and I am so glad I did,” Delsignore said.  

When she claimed her prize at the Virginia Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center, she says she already knew exactly how she was going to spend her winnings. 

“I want to help pay for my sister’s college, she was accepted to Harvard University and I want her to realize her dream of going to college.”

Cash 5 features prizes ranging from $1.25 up to $100 thousand.  If you play $1 and five numbers match the numbers drawn, you win the top prize of $100 thousand.  Cash 5 drawings are held twice daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. 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 $1.3 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.

VIEW DETAILS
Dec 01, 2017
A million-dollar lottery ticket in her husband’s backpack

Rosa IbarraRosa Ibarra was cleaning out her husband’s backpack when she found a Hot Millions Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery. To her surprise, the ticket was a $1 million winner.

The ticket had been given to him by a friend, and he tossed it in the backpack after scratching it, thinking it was a joke. But it was no joke, the ticket really was worth $1 million. Since she found it and realized what it was worth, her husband told her to keep it.

Ms. Ibarra and her husband, who live in Avalon, Texas, were in Virginia for his work in construction. Their big win came just in time to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Virginia.

The ticket was bought at Wawa, 8800 Brook Road in Glen Allen, which receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket. Ms. Ibarra had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

Hot Millions Multiplier (game #1616) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4,000,000. Ms. Ibarra is the first player to win the $1 million prize in game #1616, which means two more remain unclaimed. In addition, two $4 million top-prize tickets also remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in Hot Millions Multiplier are 1 in 3.0.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Henrico County, which received more than $20.4 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

The Lottery generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on