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Apr 18, 2014
Alexandria man wins $100,000 in Cash 5
Alexandria man smiles with winning ticketFor almost two months, Moges Mekonnin quietly kept a winning Cash 5 ticket tucked in his wallet. The Alexandria man matched all five numbers in the February 20 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

The winning numbers were 12-21-26-31-34. He selected his own numbers, which he said he plays often, because of their significance to his family. “I’m happy. Not only for me, but for my whole family,” Mr. Mekonnin told Lottery officials while claiming his winnings. 

He purchased the ticket at 7-Eleven, located at 6464 East Lincolnia Road in Alexandria. 

Mr. Mekonnin said he intends to use his winnings to support his wife’s small business.

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 $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 01, 2017
Alexandria woman wins $500,000 playing the Virginia Lottery

Karen Davis-CromerYou can say Karen Davis-Cromer had a good day. The Alexandria woman bought two Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets. When she scratched the first, she won $25. Then when she scratched the second, a $1,000 Mayhem ticket, she won $500,000.

She bought both tickets at the 7-Eleven at 5725 Edsall Road in Alexandria.

Ms. Davis-Cromer said her first reaction when she realized t