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Jan 03, 2014
Danville man wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Raffle winner John Humphries“I’m elated! It’s surreal!”

That’s how John Humphries III reacted to winning $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle. His ticket was one of three in the New Year’s Day drawing to win the million-dollar top prize.

The Danville man bought his ticket at Apple Market, 3225 Halifax Road in South Boston. On January 3, he received his check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

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“I’m still in disbelief,” Mr. Humphries said as he claimed his prize.

The winning ticket, #19966, was one of five tickets he bought for the Raffle. He realized he had a winning ticket shortly after the drawing, when he called the Virginia Lottery’s Player Information line. He said it took a while for the news to sink in.

“I had to call several times to confirm,” he said.

The small business owner said he has no immediate plans for the winnings.

His ticket is one of three million-dollar winners from the January 1 drawing. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Clearbrook and Woodbridge. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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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