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Dec 11, 2013
Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to Estimated $400 Million

Mega Millions players in Virginia and across the nation are lining up for the hottest jackpot of the holiday season. With no jackpot winner in Tuesday’s drawing, the jackpot for Dec. 13, 2013, drawing is an estimated $400 million. This is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and the fifth-largest ever in North America.

More than 144,000 tickets in Virginia won prizes in the Tuesday, December 10 drawing.  That includes four Virginia tickets that each won $5,000 in Tuesday’s drawing. Those tickets were bought in Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than 1.9 million Mega Millions tickets in the Commonwealth on Friday alone. If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $400 million jackpot in 30 annual payments or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $216.4 million before taxes.

Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery, urges those in the Commonwealth to play responsibly.  "Friday's Mega Millions drawing is an exciting time for players across the state.  As with any Mega Millions jackpot, players should remember that the odds of winning are 1 in 259 million, and those odds remain the same regardless of how many tickets are purchased."

Eight Mega Millions jackpots have been won in Virginia since the game began in 2002. The most recent winner was Lewis Howard of Cumberland, who matched all six numbers to claim $99 million in the May 17 Mega Millions drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page.

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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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 Virginia Lottery. As the name indicates, it features prizes ranging from $20 up to $2.5 million. This is the first top prize claimed, which means two more have yet to be claimed.

Mr. Johns said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, although he said there may be a vacation in his future.

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.
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Mar 02, 2016
Newport News man wins a “breathtaking” $1 million prize

Marcell ParkerAs Marcell Parker was walking out the door of Stop & Go at 1505 George Washington Memorial Highway in Gloucester Point, he caught sight of something that made him stop. It was a sign stating that someone had won $5 million playing the Virginia Lottery at that very store in December.

“Something inside me just said, ‘Try the $10 ticket.’” he later said.

So the Newport News man went back in and bought a 20x the Money ticket. When he scratched it, he discovered he’d just won the $1 million top prize.

“It was breathtaking,” he said. “I don’t even remember the trip home.”

The prize was a choice between $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

20x the Money (game #1557) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. Parker is the second player to claim the $1 million top prize in game #1557. That means one top prize has yet to be claimed in this game. 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 3.55.

Mr. Parker said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to take care of his mother.

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 01, 2016
Virginia Lottery encourages support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month logoThe Virginia Lottery is marking National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 2016, by reissuing a public service announcement (PSA) for television and radio, encouraging responsible play.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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 01, 2016
Danville man wins $100,000 in 10X the Money

Wayne BosmanWayne Bosman has had some luck playing the Virginia Lottery before, but the Danville man still couldn’t believe his eyes when he scratched a 10X the Money ticket and discovered he’d won the $100,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 1794 South Main Street in Danville.

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. Bosman is the fifth player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1555, meaning there are two more top prizes 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.

Mr. Bosman said he hopes to use his winnings for a down payment on a new home.

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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Feb 26, 2016
Dinwiddie couple wins $200,000 in “Dogs Playing Poker” game

William & Wanda jamesIt’s easy to understand Wanda James’ skepticism when her husband William told her, “I can’t believe it, but I think we just won $200,000!”

“Billy, that’s not funny,” she replied.

But it was true.

The North Dinwiddie couple won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Dogs Playing Poker Scratcher game.

He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 4320 Westgate Drive in Petersburg.

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 first top prize claimed in this game, which means three $200,000 tickets remain 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. James said they intend to save their winnings for retirement.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Feb 24, 2016
Breakfast in bed: Biscuit, coffee and a $1 million winning Powerball ticket

Joe & Amy ShawJoe Shaw sometimes gives his wife Amy a hard time about playing the lottery. Not anymore! The Westfield, North Carolina, couple won $1 million in the February 20 Powerball drawing with a ticket they bought in Virginia.

It happened as they were on their way home from their church. They stopped for gas at Store #3 (formerly Cana Exxon), located just across the state line at 16305 Fancy Gap Highway in Cana. While there, she bought some Virginia Lottery tickets, including one for that night’s Powerball drawing.

The next morning, he brought her a biscuit and coffee while she was in bed, and together they checked the Powerball ticket to see if they’d won anything. That’s when they discovered they’d matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number.

“We just freaked out!” he said.

On February 24, they returned to the store to receive their check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received $10,000 from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 11-12-15-16-54, and the Powerball number was 25. They used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on their ticket.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. The cut-off time to buy a ticket is 10:00 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. 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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Feb 22, 2016
Powerball ticket bought in Carroll County wins $1 million

Powerball LogoCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that ended up winning $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at Store #3 (formerly known as Cana Exxon), 16305 Fancy Gap Highway in Cana.

The winning numbers for the February 20 Powerball drawing were 11-12-15-16-54, 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 in Virginia to match the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing, and one of just seven nationwide. No ticket matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, February 24, drawing has grown to an estimated $236 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. 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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Feb 19, 2016
“Something inside me said this is going to be the one.” - Mechanicsville man wins $1 million prize

Robert AmosRob Amos must have had an unusual look on his face as he stood in the 7-Eleven. The store manager came up to him and asked, “Are you alright?”

“I just won a million dollars!” he replied.

It was true. The Mechanicsville man had just scratched an  All About the Benjamins ticket from the Virginia Lottery and become the game’s fifth top prize winner.

“It takes your breath away,” he later said, as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Amos initially bought two tickets, one of which won $10. So he used the winnings to buy a third ticket.

“Something inside me said this is going to be the one,” he said. “The third time was a charm.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6689 Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

All About the Benjamins is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the fifth top prize claimed in this game, which means one million-dollar prize has yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.11.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Feb 19, 2016
She played the new “super ticket” and won a super prize: $500,000

Shirley BraxtonYou don’t see many Scratcher tickets like the Virginia Lottery’s Super Ticket Jewels game, and you don’t see many prizes like the one Shirley Braxton of Esmont won: $500,000.

“I thought I’d won $50,000,” she said as she claimed her prize. “Then I looked again and said, ‘No, I won all the money!’”

She bought her winning ticket at Vintage Market, 3103 Scottsville Road in Charlottesville. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

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 the less than three weeks since the game was introduced, it’s become the fastest-selling $10 ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s history.

“The games are fun,” Ms. Braxton said as she claimed her prize. “I like the games. It’s cheaper than buying all of those games separately.”

The office assistant said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. “It feels great!” she said as she collected her prize.

This is the first top prize claimed in Super Ticket Jewels, which means two $500,000 prizes are yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.32.

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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Feb 19, 2016
“This was just my lucky day.” - Four winning tickets means $400,000 for Norfolk man

Michael WillisMichael Willis had four tickets with the exact same numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 drawing for February 16. Sure enough, all four matched the drawing’s winning numbers to win the $100,000 top prize – for total winnings of $400,000.

“This was just my lucky day,” he said as he claimed his prize. “It’s surreal, but it’s happening!”

He bought all four tickets at Tidewater Shell, 3537 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk. He selected the numbers, 5-9-15-26-33, using family birthdays.

Mr. Willis, who works in sales, 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. 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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Feb 19, 2016
After waiting weeks, Herndon man finally scratches ticket to learn it’s worth $500,000

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait, but that’s not exactly what John WethernJohn Wethern had in mind when he won $500,000.

The Herndon man had some Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets lying around, some of which he’d had for weeks without scratching them. So on a Saturday evening, as he was wih his daughter who was watching television, he sat down and started checking those stockpiled tickets.

When he scratched a $3,000,000 Fortune ticket, he discovered he’d won $500,000.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “Even today, we’re still asking, ‘Is it real?’”

The winning ticket was bought at Giant, 2551 John Milton Drive in Herndon.

$3,000,000 Fortune (game #1576) features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. The $500,000 prize that Mr. Wethern 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’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Wethern said his winnings will help pay for college for his children.

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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Feb 18, 2016
“At last!” - Dinwiddie County woman wins $100,000 in Cash 5 game

When Gloridine LambertGloridean Lambert realized she’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, she had one reaction.

“At last!” she exclaimed. “My numbers finally came out!”

The Dewitt woman won the $100,000 top prize in the February 10 night drawing with the numbers 7-11-21-25-28. She selected those numbers using a combination of family birthdays.

Ms. Lambert bought her winning ticket at Petersburg Chubby’s, 25407 Ford Avenue in Petersburg.

She said her winnings will go to remodel her kitchen and 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. 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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Feb 18, 2016
Arlington man is “super-duper excited” to win $300,000

Anas AlaouiAnas Alaoui won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game – not once, not twice, but three times in the same drawing! His three tickets each matched the five winning numbers in the February 11 day drawing.  Since the top prize is $100,000, his total winnings for that one drawing came to $300,000.

When asked how he felt as he redeemed his tickets, the Arlington man exclaimed, “Super-duper excited! I’m shaking!”

He bought two of the winning tickets at the 7-Eleven at 2815 South Wakefield Street in Arlington. The third ticket was bought at Giant, 3480 South Jefferson Street in Falls Church. He said he often plays at different stores because certain stores have certain vibes.

Those winning numbers were 3-6-9-28-34.

Mr. Alaoui, who works in internet marketing and e-commerce, 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. 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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Feb 17, 2016
Teamwork! Chesapeake couple wins $150,000 in Casino Thrills game

Daniel Davis & Robin SpruillDaniel Davis and Robin Spruill used a bit of teamwork to win $150,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Casino Thrills Scratcher game.

The Chesapeake couple had played some other games and found themselves with $10 left over. So they bought a pair of Casino Thrills tickets. They were delighted when one of those tickets won the game’s top prize.

They bought the tickets at Wal Mart Neighborhood Market, 673 Cedar Road in Chesapeake.

Casino Thrills is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means two $150,000 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 4.28.

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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Feb 17, 2016
A stranger told her to buy a ticket – and it won $200,000!

Chanel SkinnerChanel Skinner has a stranger to thank for winning $200,000 in the Virginia Lottery. The Virginia Beach woman was at the Circle D Food Mart at 971 Virginia Beach Boulevard when a man in the store pointed to a Jewel 7s ticket in the display.

“Get this one right here,” he said.

When she hesitated, he insisted, “Trust me, just get it.” Then he walked out of the store.

So she bought the ticket.  Later, as her mother drove her home, Ms. Skinner scratched the ticket and discovered it was a $200,000 winner!

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. Ms. Skinner is the fourth person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means six $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

So who is the mysterious stranger who told her to buy that particular ticket? We may never know. Ms. Skinner said he was a customer who left the store before she bought it.

She said she plans to use her winnings to donate to her church and maybe buy a new car.

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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Feb 12, 2016
She wanted a cup of coffe, but Springfield woman wins $150,000 instead

Virginia Gutierrez-LainesAll Virginia Gutierrez-Lainez wanted was a cup of coffee, but she ended up with a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $150,000.

It happened when she stopped for coffee on the way to work. She said she had an extra $10 in her pocket. When she spied the Virginia Lottery’s self-service machine in the store, she thought, “Why not?” and bought two tickets.

One of those tickets won the $150,000 top prize in the Lucky Cherry Slots Scratcher game.

She said she had a difficult time concentrating on her work that day, knowing she had that winning ticket.

Lucky Cherry Slots is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. She is the seventh person to claim the top prize in this game, which means three $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.

Ms. Gutierrez-Lainez bought the winning ticket at Fonda Latina Panaderia. She said she may use her winnings to start a small business.

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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Feb 12, 2016
Hopewell man collects $100,000 prize in Cash 5 game

Ronald NowlinRonald Nowlin hadn’t intended to play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. He was going to play a different game, but he accidently picked up the wrong playslip and began filling it out. Since that ticket was for the Cash 5 game, he decided to go ahead and randomly select some numbers and play the game anyway.

Good choice. That “accidental” ticket ended up winning $100,000.

The Hopewell man matched all five numbers in the February 6 Cash 5 day drawing. The winning numbers were 11-18-21-24-26.

“I’m feeling real good,” was how he described his feelings as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at East Washington BP, 1932 East Washington Street in Petersburg.

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to help family members.

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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Feb 12, 2016
Fredericksburg woman wins $100,000 in 10x the Money game

Sometimes it’s not such a bad thing to be wrong.

Emma KornEmma Korn learned that lesson when her boyfriend gave her a 10x the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. She had sometimes given him a hard time for playing the lottery.

But that ended when she scratched her ticket and realized she’d won $100,000.

“I guess he’s proven me wrong,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I’ll never ever tell him not to play. My lips are sealed.”

Her boyfriend bought the winning ticket along with some others at Wawa, 3402 Shannon Park Drive in Fredericksburg.

“Some of his tickets were winners too, but not like mine!” she said.

Ms. Korn, who is a personal caregiver, said her winnings may help with a down payment on a new home.

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. Ms. Korn is the fourth player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1555, meaning there are three more top prizes 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. 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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Feb 12, 2016
Passing through Virginia, NC woman wins $200,000 playing Virginia Lottery

Vinda FuentesSome people say, “Getting there is half the fun.” For Vinda Fuentes, getting there was worth $200,000.

The Holly Springs, North Carolina, woman was driving through Virginia with her family on the way to Washington, DC, when they stopped in Chesapeake. She bought a Win It All Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. That ticket was a $200,000 winner!

“It feels very lovely,” she said as she claimed her prize.

The ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 3445 Western Branch Boulevard in Chesapeake.

Win It All is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. Ms. Fuentes is the third player to claim the top prize, which means there are still two $200,000 tickets unclaimed. 1 in 1,468,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.3.

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. 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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Feb 12, 2016
Smyth County man wins $150,000 in Powerball drawing

When Ernest JonesErnest Jones took his Powerball ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s Southwest Virginia Customer Service Center in Abingdon, he was expecting to collect $50,000 for matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number.

But he was wrong. He’d actually won $150,000.

The Saltville man was correct that the prize would normally be $50,000. However, he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought his ticket. Because the Power Play number in that drawing was 3x, his extra dollar tripled the prize to $150,000.

He bought the winning ticket for the February 3 Powerball drawing at Cargo Oil Company, 758 North Main Street in Marion.

The winning numbers were 26-28-31-60-67, and the Powerball number was 23. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

“I feel wonderful!” he said as he claimed his prize.

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. 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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Feb 11, 2016
Culpeper woman uses Power Play to win $200,000 playing Powerball

Jo Ann SimsJo Ann Sims would have won $50,000 if she hadn’t spent an extra dollar for the Power Play. Using Power Play, the Culpeper woman quadrupled her prize in the January 30 Powerball drawing.

Ms. Sims matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which normally would win $50,000. Because the Power Play number in that drawing was 4x, her extra dollar increased the prize to $200,000.

After she realized how much she’d won, she said, “I couldn’t concentrate the rest of the day.”

She bought her winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 883 North Main Street in Culpeper. The winning numbers were 5-12-16-31-43, and the Powerball number was 18. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

Ms. Sims, who owns a small business, said she may use her winnings to purchase some real estate.

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. 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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Feb 11, 2016
She bought the ticket her friend didn’t want - and won $100,000

Lucille HarrelsonWould you buy a Scratcher ticket after your friend rejected it? Lucille Harrelson did, and she won $100,000!

It happened when she went along with some friends to buy tickets. One of those friends started to buy a Winner Take All ticket but then decided on a different game, so Ms. Harrelson went ahead and bought that ticket her friend had rejected.

Sure enough, that ticket ended up winning $100,000.

The Newport News woman didn’t know it immediately, though. Instead she took the ticket back to her office and scratched it there. Even after she scratched it, she didn’t think it was a winner. In fact, it wasn’t until she took the ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s Hampton Roads Customer Service Center that she believed she’d really won the game’s top prize.

Ms. Harrelson bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 5824 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown.

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 sixth top prize claimed in the game, which means four $100,000 prizes have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.3.

Ms. Harrelson said she had no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Feb 11, 2016
Staunton man wins an extreme prize in “Extreme 13” game: $130,000

William SellersWilliam Sellers may not seem like an extreme sort of guy, but he did win the top prize in a game called Extreme 13.  The Staunton man won the Virginia Lottery game’s top prize of $130,000 with a ticket he bought at Jake’s Convenience Store, 2436 Churchville Avenue in Staunton.

Mr. Sellers said he had to look at the ticket several times after he scratched it to make sure it was really a winner.

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

Extreme 13 was one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It featured prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $130,000. Mr. Sellers claimed the fifth and final top prize in Extreme 13, which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games as soon as the final top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 1,028,160. The odds of winning any prize in this game were 1 in 4.18.

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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Feb 10, 2016
Madison Heights man wins $1 million prize in 20X the Money game

Christopher ParrishChristopher Parrish of Madison Heights was on his way home when he stopped and picked up a pair of 20X the Money Scratcher tickets from the Virginia Lottery. When he got home and scratched the tickets, he discovered that one of them was a $1 million winner.

He bought the ticket at Triangle Market, 100 Wright Shop Road in Madison Heights.

The prize was a choice between $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $537,393. He chose the cash option. 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 3.55.

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

20X the Money (game #1545) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. Parrish is the third player to claim the $1 million top prize in game #1545, which means the game has ended. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games when the final top prize is claimed.

Mr. Parrish said he has no immediate plans for his 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. 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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Feb 10, 2016
On a snowy night, Clarke County man wins $3 million

Daniel HanasIt was a Friday night and a major snowstorm was raging over much of Virginia. Daniel Hanas decided to stay close to home because of the weather. The Bluemont man stopped at 340 Fuel Depot in Berryville and bought a $3,000,000 Fortune ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

When he scratched the ticket, the snowstorm was forgotten. He’d won the game’s $3 million top prize!

“It took me looking at it a few times to realize it was a winner,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The prize was a choice between $3 million over 30 years or a cash option of $1.6 million before taxes. He chose to take the annual payments.

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

$3,000,000 Fortune (game #1576) features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. He’s the first player to claim the top prize in this game, which means two $3 million ticket are unclaimed. 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.

Does he intend to let this amazing prize change him? No way.

“I will continue living my life the way it is now,” 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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Feb 09, 2016
“Yeah, that’s a big one!” - Suffolk man claims $1 million prize in Platinum Payout game

Billy MooreBilly Moore used to like D & P Quick Stop Inc. on Godwin Boulevard in Suffolk because of the good food. Now there’s another reason why it’s his favorite. That’s the store at which he won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Platinum Payout game.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” he said as he claimed his prize.

It happened as he was on his way home from work. He bought the ticket and took it out to his truck to scratch it. That’s when he realized he’d won big.

“I said to myself, ‘I’m a millionaire! I’m a millionaire!’” he said. “It was just overwhelming.”

So he took the ticket back in the store and asked the clerk to scan it for him.

“Yeah, that’s a big one!” the clerk confirmed.

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

Platinum Payout is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means one million-dollar prize has yet to be claimed. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.37

Mr. Moore said there’s probably a new truck in his future. His current 1999 GMC has 400,000 miles on it!

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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Feb 09, 2016
Eastern Shore woman wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Teressa WatsonWhen Teressa Watson played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, she selected the numbers on her ticket using family birthdays. That strategy worked when the Keller woman matched all five numbers in the January 19 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

She bought her winning ticket at Stop N Shop, 33212 Lankford Highway in Painter.

Ms. Watson said she didn’t believe it when she saw on television that she’d matched the winning numbers for that drawing: 1-11-16-21-30.

She said she wants to pay bills with her winnings and buy a new car, but otherwise she doesn’t intend to let the win change her.

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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Feb 09, 2016
“Woah, wait a minute!” says Winchester man as he wins $1 million prize

Adivaldo AlvesAdivaldo Alves often stops for coffee at the Sheetz on Fortress Drive in Winchester. When he’s there, he often plays a Virginia Lottery game. That coffee break turned into a million-dollar win when he scratched a $4 Million Mega Multiplier ticket and won the $1 million prize.

“I said, ‘Woah, wait a minute!’” he recalled as he claimed his prize. “I was surprised, but I knew right away.”

The $4 Million Mega Multiplier game features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. The $1,000,000 prize that he won is actually the second prize. Mr. Alves is the second $1,000,000 winner to claim, which means two more remain unclaimed.

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

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

The chances of winning the $4 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,713,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.85.

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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Jan 29, 2016
Woodbridge man wins $7 million prize by mistake! - He is Virginia’s first top prize winner in Cash4Life® game
Michael Donnelly hadn’t intended to play Cash4Life®.  Instead, like millions of people across the nation, he was watching the Powerball jackpot rise to historic heights.

As customer service manager at the Harris-Teeter at 6351 Columbia Pike in Falls Church, he was busy ringing up Powerball tickets for customers, but for one of those customers, he accidently hit the wrong button on the terminal. Instead of Powerball, he hit the Cash4Life® button and generated a ticket that the customer didn’t want, so he ended up buying the ticket himself.

That “mistake” won him the top prize.

His ticket matched all six numbers in the January 7 Cash4Life® drawing. Mr. Donnelly’s prize was a choice between $1,000 per day for the rest of his life or a one-time cash option of $7 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He didn’t realize he’d won until a few days later when a customer said she had heard on the news that a winning ticket had been sold at the store. That’s when he checked the numbers and immediately called his wife, Michele, with the good news.

“If that’s true, you have to come home because I’m about to have a heart attack!” she replied.

On January 29 the Woodbridge man received his check from the Virginia Lottery. Harris-Teeter received a $50,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” he said.

Cash4Life® is 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.  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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Jan 28, 2016
Salem woman wins $1 million in historic Powerball drawing

Kelly CoxKelly Cox wasn’t quite sure of the name of the game. She just knew that the jackpot was more than $1 billion and it was time for her to get in the game. So she stopped at a 7-Eleven on her way home from work.

“I’d just like $20 of whatever that big jackpot is,” she told the clerk.

One of those ten tickets ended up matching the first five numbers in the January 13 Powerball drawing to win $1 million.

On January 28, the Salem woman returned to the 7-Eleven at 2035 Roanoke Boulevard in Salem to receive her check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received $10,000 from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The mother of four didn’t realize she’d won anything until a co-worker greeted her on the morning after the historic $1.5 billion drawing with, “Hey Kelly, are you the new millionaire from Salem?”

That’s when she checked her numbers and called her husband with the news. Her ticket was one of two in Virginia to win $1 million in that drawing. The other one was bought in Virginia Beach. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her tickets.

Ms. Cox said she has no immediate plans for her 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 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. 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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Jan 28, 2016
Norfolk man collects $500,000 after taxes in Bank a Million game

Norman Turner“I’m just as happy as I can be!”

That was Norman Turner’s reaction as he collected $500,000 – after taxes - in the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game.

The Norfolk man matched all six numbers in the January 20 drawing. Since he split his $2 wager when he bought the ticket, he had two sets of numbers, which doubled the chances to win. Using that “Play Your Way” feature, he won $500,000 on one of his sets of numbers.

He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6100 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“You’ve got to be in it to win it,” he said as he received his check.

The winning numbers were 4-14-15-19-20-38. The Bonus Ball number was 34, although he didn’t need it to win the top prize. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.

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. 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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Jan 28, 2016
Snowplow operator takes a break from plowing and wins $225,000

Gerald FinchamA lot of people didn’t have to go to work on the Monday after the huge snowstorm, but not Gerald Fincham. He was driving a large motor grader, helping in the massive effort to clear roads in Northern Virginia from the effects of Winter Storm Jonas.

He stopped his huge vehicle to buy a drink at Food Lion, 5592 Staples Mill Plaza in Woodbridge. While he was there, he bought a Pirate's Treasure Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

When he scratched the ticket, he realized that he’d won the $225,000 top prize.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” he said as he claimed his prize a few days later. “My family got more excited than I did.”

Mr. Fincham, who lives in Hughesville, Maryland, didn’t have time to celebrate his win. He had to get back to work plowing snow!

Pirate’s Treasure (game #1648) is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $225,000. Mr. Fincham is the second top prize winner in the game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

So does he intend to keep playing the Virginia Lottery after his big win? Absolutely!

“I’d like to buy another winner!” 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. 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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Jan 27, 2016
Check your tickets! - Mega Millions ticket bought in Winchester wins $1 million

Mega Millions VirginiaSomewhere there is a ticket from the January 26 Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million.  It was bought at Bo’s Belly Barn, 1217 Berryville Avenue in Winchester.

The winning numbers for Tuesday’s drawing were 14-27-39-50-69 and the Mega Ball number was 2. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery.

Since no ticket matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s drawing, the jackpot now stands at an estimated $56 million for Friday’s drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Jan 27, 2016
Madison Heights man wins $1 million prize in 20X the Money game

Randy HallRandy Hall of Madison Heights had an interesting problem. He had a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket worth $1 million, but a huge snow storm was blowing through Virginia, preventing him from claiming his prize.

So what did he do? He hid the ticket in his house and babysat it all weekend, checking every hour to make sure it was still there! When the storm passed, he was finally able to redeem the 20x the Money ticket at the Virginia Lottery’s Farmville Customer Service Center.

“I’m blessed,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The prize was a choice between $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $537,393. He chose the cash option.

He bought his winning ticket at Speedway, 2501 Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Mr. Hall said his knees got wobbly and he was speechless when he discovered his ticket was a top prize winner.

20x the Money (game #1557) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. Hall is the first player to claim the $1 million top prize in game #1557. That means two top prizes have yet to be claimed in this game. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.55.

Mr. Hall, who works as an auto glass technician, said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and as a nest egg.

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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Jan 27, 2016
Relief from the snow: Winchester woman claims $1 million Mega Millions prize

Louise RitenourLouise Ritenour had been stuck indoors for a few days because of the blizzard, and she needed to get some groceries. The weather had cleared up by Tuesday, January 26, so she was able to get to the grocery store.  On the way home, the Winchester woman stopped at Bo’s Belly Barn, 1217 Berryville Avenue in Winchester, to buy a ticket for that night’s Mega Millions drawing.

That ticket just happened to win a million dollars.

She matched the first five numbers to win the game’s $1 million second prize.  The winning numbers were 14-27-39-50-69 and the Mega Ball number was 2. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. Had she matched that final number, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $48 million. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket

Her ticket was one of just two nationwide to win the $1 million prize. No ticket won the jackpot in that drawing. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It feels wonderful, if it ever sinks in,” she said. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

Ms. Ritenour, who is retired, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, although there may be a new car in her future.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. The odds of winning the $1 million prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Jan 26, 2016
Ruther Glen man uses Power Play to win $100,000 in Powerball

Donnie WoodardDonnie Woodard and his brother both won prizes in the January 13 Powerball drawing. His brother won $7.

Donnie did a bit better. He won $100,000.

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

The January 13 Powerball drawing was the biggest jackpot drawing ever, at more than $1.5 billion. Mr. Woodard’s ticket is one of four tickets bought in Virginia to win $100,000 in that historic drawing. An additional two tickets each won $1 million.

He bought his winning ticket at Ruther Glen Exxon PitStop in Ruther Glen. The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34, and the Powerball number was 10. He selected the numbers on his ticket, including 10 for the Powerball number, which corresponds to his son’s age.

Mr. Woodard, who does maintenance work at an apartment complex with his brother, said his winnings just might result in a trip with his family to Disneyworld.

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. 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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Jan 26, 2016
Rockbridge County man scratches to win $150,000 playing Lucky Cherry Slots game

Hugh HopkinsLike millions of people across the nation, Hugh Hopkins was caught up in the excitement of January’s record-setting Powerball jackpot. He stopped at the Sheetz on East Nelson Street in Lexington to buy a few tickets. He had a few bucks left over, so he also bought a Lucky Cherry Slots Scratcher ticket.

First the bad news: He didn’t win the Powerball jackpot.

The good news: His Lucky Cherry Slots ticket won $150,000!

He scratched the ticket in the car outside the store. He said he had to keep checking the ticket over and over to make sure he actually won.

Mr. Hopkins, who works in law enforcement, said he intends to use his winnings to pay for his children’s college.

Lucky Cherry Slots features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. Four of those top-prize 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.

So what’s Mr. Hopkins’ key to winning?

“Be a good person. Find the opportunity to help people. Be a blessing and just try to do the right thing,” 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. 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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Jan 22, 2016
“We got lucky this week!” - Virginia Beach man claims a hot million in $52 Million Cash Spectacular

Calvin Cooper“We’re just an everyday family. We got lucky this week.”

That’s how Calvin Cooper described his feelings as he redeemed his $52 Million Cash Spectacular ticket for the $1 million top prize.

The Virginia Beach man was at work when he scratched the ticket and realized he’d won big. He still needed his wife and children to verify it before he was convinced it really was a million-dollar winner.

“An unexpected opportunity,” he said. “It’s hard to believe we did this.”

Mr. Cooper, who is retired from the Navy, had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4961 Euclid Road in Virginia Beach.

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

Mr. Cooper said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills and help out his children.

$52 Million Cash Spectacular features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. As the name suggests, the game has a total of $52 million in prizes available. Mr. Cooper is the third $1 million winner to claim, which means three top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Jan 22, 2016
“I told my parents their son is a millionaire!” - Farmville man wins $1 million prize in Millions to the Max game

Steven BrownWhen Steven Brown discovered that the Millions to the Max ticket in his hand was worth $1 million, he didn’t shout or make a fuss. The Farmville man got out of the store as quickly as possible.

“I went straight home, woke my parents and told them their son is a millionaire!” he said.

Mr. Brown bought his winning ticket at Sheetz, 2016 South Main Street in Farmville. He stopped at the store as he was on the way home from his job as a restaurant manager.

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

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

“I’ve always talked about what I’d do if I won,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I never thought it would happen.”

Millions to the Max is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $1,000,000. This is the fifth top prize claimed in this game, which means one million-dollar prize is yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 856,800. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.33.

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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Jan 22, 2016
Truck driver hauls in a load of money

William WareEven though he’s a professional driver, William Ware had to get his cousin to take him to the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center.

“I was so nervous I couldn’t drive myself,” he said

What was the cause of his nervousness? The Lynchburg man had a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket in his pocket worth $100,000.

“At first I thought it was worth $10,000, but there were too many zeros,” he said.

He scratched to win with a Winner Take All ticket he bought at Speedway, 3732 Campbell Avenue in Lynchburg.

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 fifth top prize claimed in the game, which means five $100,000 prizes have yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.3.

Mr. Ware, who works as a truck driver, said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills and get a new vehicle.

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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Jan 22, 2016
Just three days before her birthday, Edinburg woman wins $150,000

Callista GrimTalk about a great birthday present! Callista Grim won $150,000 playing the Virginia Lottery just three days before her birthday.

The Edinburg woman scratched to win the top prize in the Lucky Cherry Slots game.

It happened when she went to the 7-Eleven at 340 Reservoir Road in Woodstock for a cup of coffee.  While she was there, she spotted the Lucky Cherry Slots ticket and thought to herself, “What the heck, let me get this ticket.”

After she scratched it and saw how much the ticket was worth, she said, “No way did I win this!”

Lucky Cherry Slots features prizes ranging from $5 to $150,000. Ms. Grim is the sixth player to claim the top prize, which means four top-prize 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. 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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Jan 22, 2016
Virginia Lottery Green game delivers the green for Chesapeake man

Dhrumil PatelWhen Dhrumil Patel scratched a Virginia Lottery Green ticket, he knew right away he’d won the $1 million top prize. He didn’t stick around to celebrate, though. He quickly left the store.

“Let me go home and sit down for a few minutes,” the Chesapeake man recalled thinking.

He had just become the second player to win the top prize in the Green Scratcher game. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He bought the winning ticket at the store he owns: Convenience on the Go, 1441 Holland Road in Suffolk. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Amazingly, a Powerball ticket sold at that same store matched five numbers to win $1 million in the January 9 drawing – just days before this winning Scratcher ticket was sold there.

Green features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Since Mr. Patel is the second $1 million winner to claim, that means one million-dollar ticket remains 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 3.11.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Jan 19, 2016
Virginia Beach man wins $1 million in historic Powerball drawing

Teofilo Mesina says he hadn’t really been buying tickets for every Powerball drawing during the historic run that took the game to a record-shattering $1.5 billion.

“I would buy just sometimes,” he said. “I played a mix of my own numbers, and some computer pick numbers.”

Lucky for him, Mr. Mesina did buy some tickets for the Wednesday, January 13, drawing. It was a ticket with his own personal numbers that was worth the game’s second-highest prize of $1 million. Mesina purchased the ticket at 7-11, 2093 Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach.  

Though he didn’t watch the drawing live, he did check the numbers later that night. He says he looked, then looked again…then looked again.

“I finally called my son when I realized the numbers matched,” he said. “The next day, I talked to a financial advisor so I can decide how to handle my winnings. I wanted to win the whole thing, but I’m lucky because I won a million!”

The winning numbers for that drawing were 04-08-19-27-34, and the Powerball number was 10. His ticket was one of 81 nationwide to win the $1 million prize, and one of two in Virginia.

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 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. 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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Jan 14, 2016
Powerball jackpot run generates $34.7 million for K-12 public education in Virginia - Two tickets each win $1 million; four tickets each win $100,000

PowerballAlthough the jackpot-winning tickets in the historic January 13 Powerball drawing were not bought in Virginia, the Commonwealth benefitted from the excitement. During the 20 drawings of the jackpot run that began in November and ended with Wednesday night’s drawing, sales of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated approximately $34.7 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 700,000 Powerball tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes two tickets that each won $1 million, four tickets that each won $100,000 and 20 tickets that each won 50,000. Here’s where all of those winning tickets were bought:

$1 million winners:

  • 7-Eleven, 2093 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 7-Eleven, 2035 Roanoke Blvd., Salem

$100,000 winners:

  • Wawa, 15 Eustace Road, Stafford
  • 7-Eleven, 814 Baker Road, Virginia Beach
  • Ruther Glen Exxon Pit Stop, 24270 Rogers Clark Blvd., Ruther Glen
  • 7-Eleven, 4718 Jeff Davis Highway, Richmond

$50,000 winners:

  • Manassas Mall Exxon, 8289 Sudley Road, Manassas
  • 7-Eleven, 1700 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach
  • 7-Eleven, 2444 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 7-Eleven, 1115 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk
  • Minit Mart Food Store, 1120 Courthouse Road, Richmond
  • 7-Eleven, 15621 Jeff Davis Highway, Woodbridge
  • Schmitz Exxon One Loudoun, 44680 Wellfleet Drive, Ashburn
  • 7-Eleven, 2475 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk
  • 7-Eleven, 1729 Military Highway South, Chesapeake
  • 7-Eleven, 2256 Red Tide Road, Virginia Beach
  • Fas Mart, 409 Quillen Avenue, SE, Coeburn
  • 7-Eleven, 242 South Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake
  • 7-Eleven, 9402 Richmond Highway, Lorton
  • 7-Eleven, 13940 Jeff Davis Highway,  Woodbridge
  • Super Giant, 5701 Plank Road, Fredericksburg
  • Food Lion, 260 Remount Road, Front Royal
  • Summer Shop, 2210 Electric Road, Roanoke
  • Happy Shopper, 1116 Big Bethel Road, Hampton
  • La Bodega Supermarket, 6170 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
  • 7-Eleven, 320 North Arch Road, Richmond

If you add up all the winning tickets in Virginia for the January 13 Powerball drawing, it comes to nearly $7 million in prizes.

Those four $100,000 tickets would have won $50,000, except that whoever bought them spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he or she bought the ticket. Power Play increased the prize to $100,000.

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.  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. 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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Jan 14, 2016
Stafford woman wins $100,000 in historic Powerball drawing

Debbie TaylorDebbie Taylor is definitely not what you’d call a regular lottery player.

“I think I’ve played less than ten times in my life,” the Stafford woman said.

But as the Powerball jackpot surpassed $1.5 billion for the January 13 drawing, and the jaw-dropping amount became the talk of the nation, she decided to get in the game and buy a few tickets.

That turned out to be a $100,000 decision.  One of her tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000, but Ms. Taylor spent an extra dollar for Power Play when she bought the ticket. The Power Play number for the January 13 drawing was 2x, which doubled her prize to $100,000.

“The numbers started to match, and I began to breathe hard,” she joked as she claimed her prize.

She bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 15 Eustace Road in Stafford. The winning numbers for that drawing were 4-8-19-27-34, and the Powerball number was 10. She selected the numbers on her ticket, rather than allowing the computer to pick them at random.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, except to pay bills and maybe go out for a nice dinner.

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. 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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Jan 14, 2016
A $100,000 Powerball gift! - North Chesterfield man receives winning ticket from his wife

Walter HinesLike millions of Americans, Walter and Norma Hines of North Chesterfield were caught up in Powerball excitement as the jackpot grew and finally reached a stratospheric $1.5 billion.

Norma bought a ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4718 Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond, using family birthdays to help her select her numbers. And it worked! Her ticket won $100,000.

When she discovered how much the ticket was worth, she gave it to her husband of 35 years.

The ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the historic January 13 drawing. Normally, that would win $50,000, but she spent an extra dollar for Power Play when she bought the ticket, increasing the prize to $100,000.

However, the couple, expecting to collect $50,000, didn’t realize how much they’d won until they took the winning ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s Prize Zone in Richmond. When they were told that the ticket was actually worth twice that amount, they were shocked.

“She just about had a heart attack,” said the couple’s daughter Keondra.

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. 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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Jan 12, 2016
Suffolk man finds Powerball jackpot “too big not to play,” and wins $1 million!

Matthew BrewerMatthew Brewer isn’t a regular Powerball player. Instead, the Suffolk man said he gets in the game, “when it gets too big not to play.”

That was certainly the case on Saturday, January 9, when the Powerball jackpot reached $949 million. He stopped by Convenience on the Go, 1441 Holland Road in Suffolk, and bought three Powerball tickets. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his tickets.

The next morning, like millions of Americans, he decided to check those winning Powerball numbers. That’s when he discovered his ticket matched the first five numbers to win $1 million.

In fact, his ticket was just one number away from hitting the record jackpot.

“It would have been nice to win the whole thing, but I’m not going to argue with this!” he said.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 16-19-32-34-57, and the Powerball number was 13. His ticket was one of 28 nationwide to win the $1 million prize, and the only one in Virginia. Since no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing, the estimated jackpot for the Wednesday, January 13, drawing is a jaw-dropping $1.4 billion.

Mr. Brewer, who is an auto mechanic, said he intends to invest his winnings. Convenience on the Go receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. Amazingly, the store is less than a block away from a store that sold a $1 million winning ticket in the Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle drawing on January 1.

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 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. 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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Jan 10, 2016
Nearly 500,000 winning tickets in Virginia, but no jackpot winner!

PowerballA total of 489,158 Powerball tickets bought in Virginia won prizes in Saturday’s drawing, including one ticket that’s now worth $1 million. But no ticket in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, January 13, drawing grows to an unprecedented $1.3 billion.

The ticket that won $1 million in last night’s drawing was bought at:

  • Convenience on the Go, 1441 Holland Road, Suffolk

In addition, 15 tickets each won $50,000 in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. Those tickets were bought at:

  • B.O.B., 12201 Sunrise Valley Dive, Reston                                
  • 7-Eleven, 1620 Hardy Cash Drive, Hampton              
  • 7-Eleven, 2001 Rosser Avenue, Waynesboro  
  • 7-Eleven, 16170 Country Club Drive, Dumfries         
  • Macs Circle K, 43740 Parkhurst Plaza, Ashburn           
  • Bridge End Center, 11161 Berlin Turnpike, Lovettsville      
  • Exxon Express, 2390 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg   
  • 7-Eleven, 1928 Holland Road, Suffolk           
  • Rangeley 102 Mini Market & Deli, 1715 Dillons Fork Road, Fieldale                    
  • 7-Eleven, 6146 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria        
  • 7-Eleven, 7500 Cushing Road, Manassas          
  • Kroger, 11400 Huguenot Road, Midlothian                     
  • Fas Mart, 16575 Mountain Road, Montpelier
  • 7-Eleven, 8324 W. Main Street, Marshall
  • Macs Circle K, 22405 Flagstaff Plaza, Ashburn           

The excitement generated by that $1.3 billion estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is expected to lead to record sales in Virginia. The profit from every Powerball 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 Wednesday’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $1.3 billion jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $806 million before taxes. If multiple tickets match all six numbers, the jackpot will be divided among them equally.

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.  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. 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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Jan 09, 2016
Powerball jackpot increased to estimated $900 million

PowerballBecause of unprecedented sales in Virginia and nationwide, the estimated jackpot for the January 9 Powerball drawing has been increased to $900 million.

The Virginia Lottery estimates it will sell 6.9 million Powerball tickets in Virginia today alone, leading up to tonight’s 11:00 p.m. drawing. The cut-off time to buy a ticket for tonight’s drawing is 10:00 p.m.

At peak times today, Powerball tickets will be selling at a rate of 13,800 tickets per minute across the Commonwealth.

If one ticket matches all six numbers in tonight’s drawing, that person will have a choice of taking the full $900 million in 30 annual payments, or a one-time cash option of $558 million before taxes.

The Virginia Lottery reminds everyone to play responsibly and remember: It’s just a 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. 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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Jan 08, 2016
Ticket bought in Falls Church 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 Harris-Teeter, 6351 Columbia Pike in Falls Church. It matched all six numbers in the January 7 Cash4Life® drawing. Those winning numbers are 14-31-37-54-56, and the Cash Ball number is 1.

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, 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. 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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Jan 08, 2016
Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle creates three new Millionaires

On January 1, 2016, the Virginia Lottery announced three winning tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  It didn’t take long for all three winners to come forward to collect their million-dollar prizes.

Those winners are:

  • Richard “Ricky” Conner of Suffolk
  • James & Monique Coles of Prince George
  • James Lewis of Gloucester

Richard “Ricky” Conner was spending the New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas. But a call from his son caused him to cut short his vacation and hurry home to Suffolk. It wasn’t bad news, though. It turns out he had won $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“It feels pretty good!” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “A once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

Mr. Conner owns Oliver’s Grocery, 1328 Holland Road in Suffolk, where he bought the winning ticket. He said he intends to invest his winnings.

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Christmas Day 2015 will forever be a red-letter day for James and Monique Cole. That’s the day the Prince George couple bought a Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket that ended up winning $1 million.

It happened as they passed through South Boston while driving to visit family in North Carolina. They stopped at the Sheetz at 1007 Philpott Road and bought the ticket. On January 1, that ticket happened to be one of three $1 million winning tickets drawn.

“I was just in shock,” Mr. Cole said. “I couldn’t sleep that night.”

Although he’s happy to win such an awesome prize, Mr. Cole is keeping it in perspective. 

“I have everything I want,” he said. “I have a great wife and beautiful kids.”

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As word got around that a $1 million winning ticket in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle had been sold nearby, James Lewis of Gloucester didn’t get excited. Someone told him the ticket had been bought at a 7-Eleven in Gloucester Point.

 

“I hadn’t bought my ticket at that store, so I knew I wasn’t the winner,” he said

 

But the information he received was wrong. The winning ticket was actually bought at the 7-Eleven at 3963 George Washington Highway in Hayes. And as it turns out, he had that ticket! After returning from a New Year’s weekend trip to the Eastern Shore, he checked the winning numbers and discovered he’d won a million dollars.

 

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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Jan 07, 2016
“I think I just won a million dollars!” - Gloucester man wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

James LewisAs word got around that a $1 million winning ticket in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle had been sold nearby, James Lewis didn’t get excited. Someone told him the ticket had been bought at a 7-Eleven in Gloucester Point.

“I hadn’t bought my ticket at that store, so I knew I wasn’t the winner,” he said.

But the information he received was wrong. The winning ticket was actually bought at the 7-Eleven at 3963 George Washington Highway in Hayes. And as it turns out, he had that ticket! After returning from a New Year’s weekend trip to the Eastern Shore, he checked the winning numbers and made a startling discovery.

“I think I just won a million dollars!” he said.

His ticket, #051366, was one of three tickets drawn on New Year’s Day to win the $1 million top prize. On January 7, Mr. Lewis returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The Gloucester man said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The other two $1 million winning tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle were bought in South Boston and Suffolk. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Yorktown and two in Arlington. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

And this year, there’s something new: The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Promotion is an extra chance to win. Players who submit an entry form, received when they bought their Raffle ticket, will be entered for a chance to win one of twenty $1,000 cash prizes. Entry deadline is January 8 with the cash prize drawing on January 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. 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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Jan 07, 2016
More than 191,000 tickets in Virginia win prizes in Wednesday’s drawing

PowerballThe Wednesday, January 6, Powerball drawing really brought out the winners in Virginia. More than 191,000 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 jackpot for Saturday’s drawing grows to $675 million.

That’s the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U. S. history.

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

  • Ashbrook Shell, 20065 Ashbrook Commons Plaza in Ashburn
  • 7-Eleven, 701 Van Buren Street in Herndon

Virginia Lottery officials expect to sell about 2.7 million Powerball tickets in the Commonwealth on Saturday alone. At peak times on Saturday, the Virginia Lottery expects to sell 5,400 Powerball tickets per minute across Virginia.

If one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $675 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $413.1 million before taxes.

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.  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. 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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Jan 05, 2016
Ticket bought on Christmas Day wins $1 million for Prince George couple

james & Monique ColeChristmas Day 2015 will forever be a red-letter day for James and Monique Cole. That’s the day the Prince George couple bought a Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket that ended up winning $1 million.

It happened as they passed through South Boston while driving to visit family in North Carolina. They stopped at the Sheetz at 1007 Philpott Road and bought the ticket. On January 1, that ticket happened to be one of three $1 million winning tickets drawn.

“I was just in shock,” Mr. Cole said. “I couldn’t sleep that night.”

On January 5, the Coles received their check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto at the Lottery’s headquarters in Richmond. Sheetz received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Although he’s happy to win such an awesome prize, Mr. Cole is keeping it in perspective. 

“I have everything I want,” he said. “I have a great wife and beautiful kids.”

His winning ticket is #075485. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Hayes and Suffolk. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Yorktown and two in Arlington. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

And this year, there’s something new: The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Promotion is an extra chance to win. Players who submit an entry form, received when they bought their Raffle ticket, will be entered for a chance to win one of twenty $1,000 cash prizes. Entry deadline is January 8 with the cash prize drawing on January 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. 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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Jan 04, 2016
Winning $1 million causes Suffolk man to cut his vacation short

Ricky ConnerRichard “Ricky” Conner was spending the New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas. But a call from his son caused him to cut short his vacation and hurry home to Suffolk. It wasn’t bad news, though. It turns out he had won $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“It feels pretty good!” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “A once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

Mr. Conner owns Oliver’s Grocery, 1328 Holland Road in Suffolk, where he bought the winning ticket. On January 4, Virginia Lottery officials were at the store to present him with his million-dollar check. In addition, the store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.  

He said he plans to invest his winnings.

His winning ticket is #220212. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Hayes and South Boston. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Yorktown and two in Arlington. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

And this year, there’s something new: The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Promotion is an extra chance to win. Players who submit an entry form, received when they bought their Raffle ticket, will be entered for a chance to win one of twenty $1,000 cash prizes. Entry deadline is January 8 with the cash prize drawing on January 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. 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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Jan 04, 2016
Virginia Lottery Announces Search for “Super Teachers” - Eight Virginia K-12 educators will receive honors, a cash prize and classroom supplies

Virginia Lottery Super TeacherRichmond, Va. (Jan. 4, 2016) – The Virginia Lottery, along with its partners at Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, today announced the opening of the ninth  annual Super Teacher Awards. Between now and Feb. 15, 2016, Virginians can help honor outstanding public school teachers from across the Commonwealth by nominating them at www.vasuperteacher.com.

Each day, the Lottery generates more than $1.4 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015.

“The Super Teacher Awards are a great way for the Lottery to highlight our commitment to Virginia’s K-12 public schools,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “It gives the Lottery an opportunity to show Virginians that we’re game for education, and it also gives our communities a unique opportunity to show their appreciation of their local teachers.”

Since 2008, the Super Teacher program has honored 64 teachers and awarded more than $200,000 in prizes. From this year’s nominees, eight Virginia educators will be selected as the 2016 Super Teachers, winning $2,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $2,000 in classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies.

“Being a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher is just that - "SUPER," said 2013 Super Teacher Karen Drosinos (Pembroke Elementary School, Virginia Beach). To be recognized for doing what I love to do every day is both humbling and fulfilling. The Virginia Lottery, The Supply Room Companies, and Virginia PTA provided me the opportunity to enhance the educational experiences of my students through the ability to purchase supplies which support me in bringing relevance and creativity to my scholars' learning.  From the surprise school presentation, to being recognized at halftime at the Redskins game, it is evident that this program is designed to elevate the profession by highlighting its biggest influence: teachers!”

The 2016 Super Teachers will be selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

  • Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, James Madison University
  • Jane Broe, president of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association
  • Michael Salvatierra, 2014 Super Teacher award recipient, Venable Elementary, Charlottesville

Anyone 18 or older can nominate a Virginia pre-K-12 public school teacher. Nominations must be received by Feb. 15, 2016. Winners will be announced online in spring 2016, and through a surprise presentation in each winning teacher’s hometown. To nominate or to learn more, visit www.vasuperteacher.com.

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When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated 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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Jan 01, 2016
Winning numbers drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

The winning numbers have been drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle. The question now is: Who has those three $1 million winning tickets?

The $1 million winners are:
Ticket #051366 (bought at 7-Eleven, 3963 George Washington Highway, Hayes)
Ticket #075485 (bought at Sheetz, 1007 Philpott Road, South Boston)
Ticket #220212 (bought at Olivers Grocery, 1328 Holland Road, Suffolk)

Six additional tickets each won $25,000. Those winning tickets are:
Ticket #023051 (bought at 7-Eleven, 831 Little Back River Road, Hampton)
Ticket #103190 (bought at 7-Eleven, 3650 North Military Highway, Norfolk)
Ticket #137721 (bought at 7-Eleven, 2311 South 2nd Street, Arlington)
Ticket #222465 (bought at Rite Aid, 1201 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake)
Ticket #315668 (bought at 7-Eleven, 1625 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington)
Ticket #328731 (bought at Royal Farms, 1500 George Washington Highway, Yorktown)

Another 300 tickets each win $500.  Those numbers are now posted at the Virginia Lottery’s website: www.valottery.com. Players can also call the Virginia Lottery Player Information Line at 804-662-LUCK. The winning numbers were drawn by the Virginia Lottery on New Year’s Day.

And this year, there’s something new: The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Promotion is an extra chance to win. Players who submit an entry form, received when they bought their Raffle ticket, will be entered for a chance to win one of twenty $1,000 cash prizes. Entry deadline is January 8 with the cash prize drawing on January 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. 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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