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Oct 02, 2013
A very scary prize! Norfolk woman wins $100,000 in Zombies Scratcher game

Sonya RhodesQ: When is it a good thing to have some zombies around?

A: When you walk away from one with $100,000!

That’s what happened to Sonya Rhodes (sort of). The Norfolk woman played the Virginia Lottery’s new Zombies Scratcher game, and won the top prize.

She bought the winning ticket when she stopped to get something to drink at the 7-Eleven at 6100 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk. When she scratched the ticket in her car, she at first thought she’d won $100. Then she realized the prize was actually $100,000.

“When I saw it, I was floored!” she told Virginia Lottery officials as she claimed her prize.

Just in time for Halloween, Zombies is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Rhodes is the first player to claim the $100,000 top prize, which means four top prize tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, the Virginia Lottery will soon launch a free “zombified” interactive game called Z-VA, in which players try to capture zombies for a chance to win $10,000. For more information, go to http://www.z-va.com.

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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Apr 21, 2017
Portsmouth man wins a “mind-blowing” $100,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing

Carlton Wright“It’s mind-blowing! I’m almost speechless!”

That was Carlton Wright’s reaction to winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion.

The Portsmouth man did it with a ticket that initially was not a winner. Instead of throwing it away, he entered it in the eXTRA Chances Promotion, and it was drawn in the April 4 monthly drawing to win the top prize.

He’s not the only winner. Players have a chance to win each day with up to 150 daily instant-win cash prizes, ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes!

Mr. Wright, who works in a shipyard, said his winnings will go to pay bills and into his savings for the future.

The next grand prize drawing will be held on May 2 with a $100,000 grand prize. The deadline to enter is April 25.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 12, 2017
Fifty Virginia Lottery Powerball players win Caribbean cruise for two

Power CruiseIt’s the adventure of a lifetime, and 50 Virginia Lottery players have won it: Power Cruise™.

Each winner and his/her guest receive a five-night Caribbean cruise, round-trip airfare to and from the home port of Tampa, hotel lodging and ground transportation. Winners also receive $500 spending money; $250 in ship credit for onboard purchases, products and services; and free entry into on-board drawings and contests.

They are the winners in the April 11 Power Cruise drawing. Each received an entry form by buying $10 or more of Powerball plays on a single ticket between February 5 and March 19. The 50 were drawn from a total of 128,308 entries.

Power Cruiseis a privately-chartered cruise on the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas® , reserved exclusively for Power CruisePromotion winners only. Along with the 50 Virginia winners will be Power Cruise winners from other states in which Powerball is played.

The cruise shoves off from Tampa on January 15, 2018, with ports of call in Key West and Cozumel.

The 50 Virginia winners are:

Michael Abney of Moneta

Caroline Andrews of Millsboro, DE

Stuart Bain of Salem

Najma Begum of Fredericksburg

Ravone Brown of Henrico

Timothy Brown of Fredericksburg

Alice Campbell of Richmond

Shawna Cary of Williamsburg

Katherine Castelo of Arlington

Larry Collins of Chesterfield

Eric Cooper of Portsmouth

Paul Craig of Forest

Alvin Crane of Wytheville

Carlos Cruz of Hampton

Beverly Daniel-Patton of Hampton

Katherine Dirom of Richmond

Joseph Ellis of Dumfries

David Emmons of Falls Church

Marcel Felea of Herndon

Tana Foster of Virginia Beach

James Hadjis of Midlothian

Mary Holmes of Newport News

Arland Howsare of Virginia Beach

Carlos Luna of Virginia Beach

William Martin of Suffolk

Bruce McLean of Fredericksburg

Jenny Melgar of Dumfries

William Nowell of Windsor

Rickie Orange of Bedford

Mark Passa of Gainesville

Russel Patterson of Roanoke

Amy Price of Elkton

Ed Purcell of Fairfax

Thomas Quelynn of Upper Marlboro, MD

Roy Raasch of Dumfries

Shawn Rainey of Narrows

Mark Ramsey of North Chesterfield

Nancy Reynolds of Norfolk

Richard Robuccio of Sterling

Maida Rojas of Manassas

Gary Rose of Broadlands

Harold Schramm of Alexandria

Francis Short, Jr. of Arlington

Barbara Smith of Haymarket

Dennis Smith of Aldie

Kathy Vickery of Mechanicsville

Marlin Wanless of Williamsburg

Steven Wilson of Machipongo

Brian Wooddell of Bentonville

William Zehner of Winchester

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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 11, 2017
Williamsburg woman wins $4 million top prize in “$4 Million Mega Multiplier”

Amy JamesAmy James still had some grocery shopping to do when she scratched a $4 Million Mega Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery and discovered she’d won the $4 million top prize.

“No, no, this can’t be right,” she later recalled thinking.

So the Williamsburg woman said she put the ticket in her purse and finished her shopping “in a daze.”

“I waited for my husband to come home to confirm that I wasn’t psychotic,” she said.

The ticket that she bought at Food Lion, 7537 Richmond Road in Williamsburg was the fourth and final top prize winner claimed in $4 Million Mega Multiplier (Game #1472). The game is now being closed because it’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the final top prize has been claimed.

Ms. James had a choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2.15 million before taxes. She chose the cash option.

“I never thought in a million years this would happen!” she said as she claimed her prize.

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

Ms. James, who is a nurse practitioner, said she intends to invest her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 11, 2017
“All I saw was a bunch of zeros!” - Norfolk man wins $3,500,000

Joe BurkeAll Joe Burke wanted was a cup of ice and a soda on his lunch break. Instead, the Norfolk man ended up with a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $3.5 million.

It happened when he bought a pair of $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions tickets at BP One, 3711 Holland Road in Virginia Beach. When he scratched the second ticket, he saw something he’d never seen before.

“All I saw was a bunch of zeros!” he said. “I just looked at it because I couldn’t believe it!”

Then he quietly walked out of the store without telling anyone.

The $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions Scratcher (Game #1585) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3.5 million. 

Mr. Burke is the first player to claim that top prize, which means two more remain unclaimed.

He had the choice of taking the full $3.5 million in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of $1,966,292 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

“I’m kind of in denial,” he said as he claimed his prize. “It feels like a dream. Now it’s time to wake up.”

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 2.85.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 10, 2017
$1 million win brightens a rainy day for Virginia Beach couple

Kit Fenwick-ArchieIt was a rainy day. Kit Fenwick-Archie and her husband Michael Archie were soaking wet when they went to the Rite-Aid on Holland Road in Virginia Beach. She bought a Million $$ Match ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

As she later scratched the ticket at her home, the Virginia Beach woman said she started getting a strange sensation on the back of her neck.

“It was a feeling I’d never had before,” she said.

The ticket was a top-prize winner. The couple had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $561,798 before taxes. They chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The couple said they intend to use their winnings for home improvement and to feel comfortable about “real retirement.”

Million $$ Match is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. This is the game’s third million-dollar prize claimed, which means one more remains unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,101,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 10, 2017
Henry County woman wins $100,000 in “10X the Money” game

Jessica ScottIt was about 1:00 a.m. when Jessica Scott called her friend and said, “You need to be here! I feel sick!”

What would cause her to feel that way? The Axton woman had just scratched a Virginia Lottery ticket and won $100,000.

Ms. Scott bought a 10X the Money ticket at Speedway, 4801 Greensboro Road in Ridgeway. She scratched it and realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I started freaking out!” she said as she later claimed her prize.

The 10X the Money Scratcher (game #1736) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Ms. Scott is the third player to win the top prize in game #1736, which means four $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money are 1 in 4.29.

Ms. Scott said she hopes to use her winnings to help buy a house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 10, 2017
Norfolk man wins $150,000 playing Powerball

Cecil BrutonWhen Cecil Bruton discovered he’d won $150,000 playing Powerball, he immediately bought 20 boxes of items for the local food bank, even before he went and claimed his prize. He said he wanted to give something back immediately.

The Norfolk man matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the February 4 drawing. Normally that would win $50,000. But Mr. Bruton spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought the ticket. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 3X, his prize was tripled to $150,000.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3800 Granby Street in Norfolk. He selected the numbers on his ticket with the help of the random number generator on the Virginia Lottery’s website.

When asked how he felt as he claimed his prize, the Air Force veteran replied, “I feel good! Thank you, Lord!”

The winning numbers in that drawing were 6-13-16-17-52 and the Powerball number was 25.

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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Apr 10, 2017
Woodbridge woman goes “five for five” to win $100,000

Zenova HodgeZenova Hodge works as an actuarial assistant, which means she knows a thing or two about numbers.  But that had nothing to do with her matching all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The Woodbridge woman selected five numbers that she likes and that have special meaning in her life. Those five numbers, 7-11-12-17-29, just happened to be the winning numbers in the April 3 Cash 5 day drawing.

By matching all five, she won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

Ms. Hodge said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills.

She bought the winning ticket at West Side Exxon, 2081 Chain Bridge Road.

Cash 5 drawing 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 24, 2017
“It’s unreal. I fell on the floor.” -- Poquoson woman wins million dollar prize in “100X the Money” game

Emma McGeeWhen Emma McGee of Poquoson bought a 100X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, she didn’t give it much thought.

“It was just a whim,” she said.

However, her feelings sure changed when she got home and scratched the ticket. That’s when she discovered she’d won the game’s $1 million prize.

“It’s unreal. I fell on the floor,” she said. “I was really excited. I’m still processing it.”

She bought the winning ticket at Denbigh Food Mart, 420 Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News.

The 100X the Money game features prizes ranging from $30 to a $10 million top prize, the largest ever offered in a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. This is the second $1,000,000 prize claimed, so one more remains unclaimed. In addition, two $10 million top prizes are unclaimed in this game.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,611,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.78.

Ms. McGee had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $630,915 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 24, 2017
His glasses were broken, so he didn’t see that he won $250,000

Camilo EspinosaIf Camilo Espinosa’s glasses hadn’t been broken, he would have seen that the Virginia Lottery ticket in his hand was worth $250,000. Instead, the Chesapeake man thought he’d won $250.

Even when he finally realized his Extra Play Scratcher was actually a top-prize winner, he still couldn’t believe his luck.

“This can’t be happening. It can’t be true,” he recalled thinking.

He bought the winning ticket at Tinee Giant, 1560 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach, after he got off work.

Extra Play (game #1760) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the second top prize claimed in this game. That means five $250,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Extra Play are 1 in 4.31.

Mr. Espinosa, who works in masonry, said he intends to pay bills with his winnings and help his family.

There’s also the possibility that he may buy a new pair of glasses.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 21, 2017
Fredericksburg woman wins $1 million while showing friend how to play the lottery

Merry ThomasMerry Thomas is a really good teacher. The Fredericksburg woman had just finished working the overnight shift, but she still had time to show her friend and co-worker Julie how to play the lottery.

So they went to Giant Food at 35 Town and Country Road in Fredericksburg. Merry showed her how to work the self-service machine and how to scan the ticket after scratching it to see if it’s a winner.

Julie’s ticket won $12.

Merry’s ticket won $1 million.

“I’ve been freaking out since then!” Merry said as she claimed her prize.

Julie added, “Right in front of my eyes I saw this woman turn into a puddle.”

Merry won the top prize in the 20X the Money game. She had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $630,915 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

20X the Money (Game #1689) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.44.

Merry said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

“I just feel so fortunate,” she said. “It’s unbelievable!”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 21, 2017
Norfolk man on a winning streak wins $100,000

Jack OkolovitchJack Okolovitch had a nice winning streak going. First the Norfolk man won $35 playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher games. He used those winnings to play again and won $15. Then he used $10 of those winnings to buy a 10X the Money ticket. That ticket won $100,000.

“I was floored!” he said. “I don’t think the full impact has set in yet.”

He bought the top-prize winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6900 North Military Highway in Norfolk.

“The most I’ve ever won is $50 on Scratchers,” he said.

Mr. Okolovitch said he plans to save his winnings for retirement.

The 10X the Money Scratcher (game #1736) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Mr. Okolovitch is the second player to win the top prize in game #1736, which means five $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 21, 2017
Aircraft mechanic soars to $100,000 win in Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

Kenneth BaterKenneth Bater won $100,000 on his lunch break.

The Manassas man was at Aplus 94, located next to Dulles Airport at 44950 Rudder Road in Sterling, when he bought an Extreme Green ticket from the Virginia Lottery. He scratched the ticket and quickly realized he’d won the game’s top prize.

As he claimed his prize, the airplane mechanic was very understated.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said.

Extreme Green is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Mr. Bater’s ticket is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in Extreme Green are 1 in 4.37.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 16, 2017
Lucky Springfield man wins $175,000 in “Lucky Loot Tripler” game

Josa VelasquezDon’t tell Jose Velasquez that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. In November, the Springfield man won the $1 million top prize in the 20X the Money Scratcher game. Now he’s won big again.

On March 10, Mr. Velasquez scratched to win the $175,000 top prize in Lucky Loot Tripler. He bought the winning ticket at Dollar Power, 7012 Commerce Street in Springfield, the same store at which he bought his million-dollar winner.

“Everybody was looking at me and told me, ‘You’re lucky,’” he said.

He claimed the third and final top prize in Lucky Loot Tripler (game #1698), which means the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed. The odds of winning that top prize in Lucky Loot Tripler were 1 in 1,060,800. The chances of winning any prize were 1 in 4.26.

Mr. Velasquez 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 16, 2017
Roanoke man wins $100,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing

Brandon RadfordBrandon Radford of Roanoke races four-cylinder cars when he’s not at his job as a machine operator. He expects to buy a lot of tires with the $100,000 he won in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion.

“At first I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe it was real.”

And it all happened because of a ticket that didn’t win!

With eXTRA Chances, players can enter non-winning tickets in monthly drawings for prizes up to $100,000. Mr. Radford entered several tickets, and one of them was drawn from more than 1.4 million entries in the March 7 drawing to win the top prize.

He’s not the only winner. Players have a chance to win each day with up to 150 daily instant-win cash prizes, ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes!

Mr. Radford said he hopes to use his winnings for a down payment on a house.

The next grand prize drawing will be held on April 4 with a $100,000 grand prize. The deadline to enter is March 28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 16, 2017
A ticket for her deceased sister: Arlington woman wins $150,000

Miryam & Alvaro RuizWhen Miryam Vergara de Ruiz won $150,000 playing the Virginia Lottery, it may have had a lot to do with her deceased sister.

It happened when Ms. Vergara was at the 7-Eleven at 2311 South 2nd Street in Arlington. She said she was feeling particularly sad, missing her beloved sister. Her husband, seeing her cry, suggested she play a Scratcher game to take her mind off of it.

She selected an Amazing 8s ticket and scratched it. She then handed the ticket to the clerk, unsure if she’d won anything. The clerk yelled excitedly that she’d won big.

“I barely reacted to the news,” she said as she later claimed her prize. “I was still in disbelief.”

She won the fifth and final top prize in Amazing 8s (game #1705), which means the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed. The odds of winning that top prize were 1 in 832,320. The chances of winning any prize in Amazing 8s were 1 in 4.32.

Ms. Vergara said she plans to use her winnings to pay bills and make a down payment on a house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 16, 2017
Fewer than three months after winning $1 million, Virginia Beach couple wins big again!

Charles LeisureA Virginia Beach couple is on a winning streak!

In January, Charles and Janet Leisure were presented with a $1 million check for matching the first five numbers playing Mega Millions.

Lightning struck again when they bought an Extra Play Scratcher ticket at the Rite Aid on Upton Drive in Virginia Beach and won the $250,000 top prize.

Charles said they were attracted to the ticket because it’s a new game from the Virginia Lottery.

“We like to look at the new ones,” he said. “We find them kind of interesting.”

Extra Play (game #1760) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the first top prize claimed in this game. That means six $250,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in Extra Play are 1 in 4.31.

When asked to what they attribute their amazing streak of luck, Charles joked that it’s all because of “my wife’s lucky rabbit’s foot she carries around with her.”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 15, 2017
Carpenter nails the top prize in “20 Years of Cash” game

Shaun BennettIt may be the most memorable lunch break Shaun Bennett has ever taken.

The Stafford carpenter was working on a roofing project when he stopped at the Wawa at 275 Butler Road in Fredericksburg. He bought two Virginia Lottery tickets and won $5. So he bought another ticket and won $25. He took $10 of that and bought a 20 Years of Cash ticket. That ticket won the top prize of $2,500 per month for 20 years.

“It’s numbing,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I’m still waiting to wake up.”

He had the choice of taking the monthly payments or a one-time cash option of $492,919 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

As he waited for his check at the Virginia Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge, he bought another Scratcher ticket and won an additional $25!

The 20 Years of Cash Scratcher is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $2,500 per month for 20 years. Mr. Bennett is the first player to claim the top prize in this game, which means three more remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,080,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.21.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 15, 2017
Petersburg woman quietly wins $100,000

Mildred OwensIf you’d been in the store when Mildred Owens of Petersburg discovered she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 10X the Money game, you probably wouldn’t have known.

“I scratched it, and when I saw what it was, I left the store,” she said as she claimed her prize. “No one knew.”

It happened at Petersburg Food Mart & Deli, 1500 East Washington Street in Petersburg.

“I knew what it was,” she said. “I just couldn’t believe I’d scratched it.”

Ms. Owens, who is retired, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills.

The 10X the Money Scratcher (game #1736) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Ms. Owens is the first player to win the top prize in game #1736, which means six $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,142. The odds of winning any prize in 10X the Money 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 14, 2017
An amazing prize! - Norfolk man wins $150,000 in “Amazing 8s” Scratcher game

Donald McNairDonald McNair wasn’t sure if the ticket in his hand was actually a winner. The Norfolk man thought he might have won the $150,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Amazing 8s game.

“You know you didn’t win,” his wife told him when he told her.

It turns out the ticket really was a top-prize winner. He bought it at the 7-Eleven at 3112 Azalea Garden Road in Norfolk.

Mr. McNair was the fourth player to claim the $150,000 prize in Amazing 8s (game #1705). Just two days after he claimed, the fifth and final top prize in that game was claimed, which means the game is closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning that top prize in Amazing 8s were 1 in 832,320. The chances of winning any prize in Amazing 8s were 1 in 4.32.

Mr. McNair, who is retired, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to help his family and church.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 14, 2017
Her husband told her not to buy a ticket – so she did, and won $150,000

Sabrina GentrySabrina Gentry hardly ever plays the lottery, but once was all it took when she won $150,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Big Bills Scratcher game.

And just what prompted the Saltville woman to buy that ticket?

“My husband said, ‘Now, don’t go and waste your money’” she said. “So of course, we do what they tell us not to do!”

She bought the ticket at Roadrunner Market, 440 Lee Highway in Chilhowie.

“I’m waiting to wake up from this dream,” she said as she claimed her prize.

She said the winnings will come in handy because she recently quit her job in order to go to nursing school.

Big Bills is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. Ms. Gentry is the first player to claim the top prize in this game, which means four top prizes remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in Big Bills are 1 in 4.23.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 14, 2017
King and Queen County man wins big in Virginia Lottery – again!

Theodore TownesWhen Theodore Townes collected the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, it was a case of deja vu. The Walkerton man has won several large prizes in the past, including $500,000 in 2009, $777,777 in 2007 and $100,000 in 2015.

Now he’s done it again.

His ticket matched all five numbers in the February 25 night drawing. The winning ticket was bought at Mido Express, 1418 Richmond Tappahannock Highway in Manquin.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 13-15-27-30-31. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers.

Mr. Townes, who is a cook, said he has no strategy to winning. “I haven’t thought about it,” he said.

He said his winnings will go towards retirement.

Cash 5 drawing 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 13, 2017
Springfield man collects $200,000 - Two winning tickets in the same Cash 5 drawing

Frankie FreeYou might say Frankie Free is a patient man. He had a pair of Virginia Lottery tickets worth $100,000 each in his possession for five and a half months. He finally redeemed them to collect the $200,000.

Both tickets matched all five winning numbers in the September 19, 2016, Cash 5 day drawing. The tickets were bought at Springfield Sunoco Mart, 6400 Backlick Road in Springfield. The winning numbers were 4-7-9-24-30.

Mr. Free, a retired government worker, said he waited so long to claim the prize so he could meet with an advisor and make financial plans. He said he may use some of the winnings for home improvement.

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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 07, 2017
Two winning tickets in the same drawing: Chesapeake man wins $150,000

Robert Manley“I was just amazed!”

That was Robert Manley’s reaction to matching all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game – not once, but twice in the same drawing.

The Chesapeake man wagered $1.00 on one ticket and $.50 on another. When all five numbers matched on those two tickets, the $1.00 wager won $100,000, and the $.50 wager won him $50,000.

He bought both winning tickets at the Food Lion at 2617 Moses Grandy Trail in Chesapeake for the February 22 night drawing. The winning numbers were 13-16-18-20-21. He randomly selected the numbers.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I looked at the ticket maybe four or five times.”

Mr. Manley said he and his wife may use his winnings for a “nice, nice, well-deserved overseas trip.”

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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 07, 2017
Rockingham County woman wins $1,000 per month for 20 years

Michele FerrellMichele Ferrell of Elkton just kept staring at the Scratcher ticket in her hand.

“What? Is this true?” she recalled thinking. “I couldn’t believe it at first.”

She had just played the Virginia Lottery’s 20 Years of Cash game and won the second prize of $1,000 a month for 20 years.

Ms. Ferrell, who is a registered nurse, bought the winning ticket at Valley’s, 102 Blue & Gold Drive in Elkton.

She had the choice of taking the monthly payments or a one-time cash option of $197,168 before taxes. She chose the monthly payments.

“It feels fantastic!” She said as she claimed her prize, “I can’t put it into words!”

The 20 Years of Cash Scratcher is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $2,500 per month for 20 years.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,080,800. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.21.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 07, 2017
Woodbridge man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Khak PrangKhak Prang of Woodbridge is a very lucky person. The Woodbridge man matched all five numbers in the February 19 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s $100,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Sunoco, 10619 Braddock Road in Fairfax.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 11-12-14-25-34. He selected the numbers on his ticket at random.

Cash 5 drawing 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 $1.6 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 a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Mar 01, 2017
Virginia Lottery and Virginia Council on Problem Gambling encourage support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Virginia Lottery - Play ResponsiblyThe Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) are teaming up to mark National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 1 through 31.

The Lottery has been selected as one of the first lotteries nationwide to participate in a new responsible gambling verification program. The program, a joint venture of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, utilizes experts in the field to critique and improve lotteries’  responsible gaming programs. The Virginia Lottery is working closely with the VACPG to build a robust Responsible Gambling program.

In addition, a new public service announcement (PSA) for television and radio is being released statewide on March 1. The PSA, titled “Upside Down,” promotes the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline, which assists people who think they or loved ones may have a gambling problem.  It emphasizes that if someone’s life has been turned upside down by gambling he or she can make a positive change by seeking help.

The PSA is one of many ways in which the Lottery and VACPG are working to promote problem gambling awareness. Additionally, there’s something the Lottery won’t do: It is suspending product advertising on television and radio from March 1 through March 10 to show support for problem gambling awareness.

“We work to present our games in the most socially responsible manner possible,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “Our message is simple: Have fun and play responsibly.”

“Promoting awareness about problem gambling is key to preventing difficulties among members of our communities,” said VACPG President Carolyn Hawley, Ph.D. “The knowledge of how a recreational activity can become problematic, understanding the warning signs, and factors that place people at risk, can help minimize gambling related problems. We are fortunate that we have a Lottery that is making a commitment towards responsible gaming, and supporting efforts to keep gambling fun.”

The Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline is a toll-free number, (888) 532-3500, where callers can get information and referrals such as Gamblers Anonymous chapters in Virginia. It’s a good first step for anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have a gambling problem. All Virginia Lottery tickets and most printed advertising materials contain the number. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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.

The Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that aims to increase the education, prevention, and treatment efforts surrounding problem gambling within the state of Virginia. 

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Feb 28, 2017
Chesterfield man claims $100,000 Cash 5 prize

Philip HardinIt’s not easy having a winning Virginia Lottery ticket in your possession for three months before claiming the prize – and not telling anyone.

Just ask Philip Hardin.

The Chesterfield man matched all five winning numbers in the November 27 Cash 5 day drawing to win $100,000. He didn’t tell anyone, not even family members. He kept the ticket in a drawer for about a month, then moved it to a more secure location in his garage.

He finally redeemed his ticket with the Virginia Lottery nearly three months after winning.

He bought the ticket at Food Lion, 7032 Commons Plaza Drive in Chesterfield. The winning numbers were 20-22-23-24-25. He said he selected numbers that he’s been playing for some time now.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 28, 2017
Expiring ticket alert: Could someone throw away $1 million?

Mega Millions logoSomeone is in danger of throwing away a million-dollar prize. A Mega Millions ticket that is now worth $1,000,000 will become a worthless slip of paper, unless the winner claims the prize before 5:00 p.m. on March 15.

The ticket was bought for the September 16, 2016, Mega Millions drawing at the 7-Eleven at 1729 Military Highway South in Chesapeake. Since then, no one has come forward with the winning ticket to claim the prize.

By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing. Unclaimed prizes go to Virginia’s Literary Fund, which is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 13-21-28-34-40, and the Mega Ball number was 15. 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 winning ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 804-692-7000 or 757-825-7800.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 24, 2017
On the way home from the emergency room, he buys lottery tickets and wins $77,000

Ricky FortuneNormally, you wouldn’t think a trip to the emergency room is a good thing, but in Ricky Fortune’s case, it led to him winning $77,000 in the Virginia Lottery.

The Stafford man said he fell while working at his job in the home improvement industry. It took several hours for him to be treated in the emergency room and sent home. While on the way home, he decided to stop and buy 20 Pick 4 tickets for the February 15 night drawing, all with the same four-digit combination: 1-7-4-4.

Sure enough, that four-number combination was drawn, making all 20 plays winners.

He wagered “exact order” when he bought 10 of the tickets. Each of those won the game’s top prize of $5,000. For the other 10 tickets, he wagered “50/50” to win $2,700 each.

He bought all 20 plays at Fas Mart, 2142 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford.

“It’s not a million, but it feels like it!” he said as he claimed his prize. “I’m overjoyed but in a humble way.”

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 24, 2017
Portsmouth couple does it again! - Three years after amazing winning streak, they win $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Calvin SpencerCalvin and Zatera Spencer are building quite a collection of those oversized Virginia Lottery souvenir checks.

In March of 2014 the Portsmouth couple had an amazingly lucky month, winning $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing, $50,000 in the March 26 Pick 4 drawing, and the $1 million prize in the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratcher game.

Now they have another prize to add. Calvin matched all five numbers in the February 14 Cash 5 day drawing to win that game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I feel like I’m good at it,” he joked as the couple claimed their latest prize.

The winning ticket was bought at Tinee Giant, 2722 Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth. The winning numbers were 1-16-18-26-31. He said he used birthdays in selecting the numbers on his ticket.

He said the couple has been “enjoying life” since their lucky month in 2014, and they both still work.

“It’s a blessing from the Lord,” 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 23, 2017
Powerball ticket bought in Virginia wins $50,000 - More than 72,000 winning tickets in Virginia for February 22 drawing

PowerballAlthough the jackpot-winning ticket in the February 22 Powerball drawing was not bought in Virginia, there was no shortage of winners in the Commonwealth. A total of 72,634 tickets bought in Virginia won prizes, including one ticket that won $50,000.

The ticket that won $50,000 was bought at 7-Eleven, 1401 Kiln Creek Parkway in Newport News. It matched four numbers plus the Powerball number.

In the 18 drawings leading up to last night’s drawing, during which the jackpot continued to grow, the sale of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated an estimated $9.3 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 14, 2017
Bristol woman wins $100,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing

Emily BucklesEmily Buckles rarely plays the lottery. When a couple of co-workers told her about the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion, in which players can enter non-winning tickets for a chance to win prizes, the Bristol woman decided to give it a shot.

On February 7, her ticket was drawn to win the $100,000 top prize.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said. “I’m in shock!”

She’s not the only winner. With eXTRA Chances, players have a chance to win each day with up to 150 daily 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!

Ms. Buckles, who works as an office assistant, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay student loans.

Her winning ticket was one of more than 1.8 million entries in that drawing.

The next grand prize drawing will be held on March 7 with a $100,000 grand prize. Any non-winning ticket from a Virginia Lottery Scratcher containing the eXTRA Chances logo can be entered. The deadline to enter is February 28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 14, 2017
Falls Church man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Suraj KanojiaIf you’d seen Suraj Kanojia when he discovered he’d matched all five numbers to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, you might have wondered what was so funny.  The Falls Church man said his immediate reaction was to burst out laughing.

It happened with a ticket he bought for the February 3 day drawing at the 7-Eleven at 6730 Lee Highway in Arlington.

The winning numbers were 1-13-16-23-28. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 14, 2017
“Something must be wrong!” says Lynchburg man as he wins $250,000

Robert TaylorRobert Taylor used to tell his wife she was wasting her money playing the lottery. He’s not likely to say it now. The Lynchburg man scratched to win $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Money Bag Doubler game.

“I looked at the ticket and said, ‘Something must be wrong!’” he told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Kroger, 7801 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the fifth top prize claimed in this game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.

Mr. Taylor, who is retired, said he and his wife are taking a “wait and see” attitude about how to spend their winnings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 13, 2017
Washington County woman stops for a drink – and ends up winning $100,000

Tammy BentleyWhen Tammy Bentley of Glade Spring stopped at Hiab Food Mart on Maple Street in Glade Spring, all she wanted was to get a drink. While she was there, she also bought a 10x the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

That ended up being a $100,000 decision. Her ticket won the game’s top prize.

“I’m still in shock! It’s awesome!” she said as she claimed her prize. “I didn’t think I was going to win anything.”

Ms. Bentley, who said she plays “every once in a while,” immediately went home and locked up the ticket when she realized how much she won.

She won the seventh and final $100,000 prize in 10x the Money (game #1635), which means the game is now closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games once the final top prize is claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in 10x the Money were 1 in 4.29.

Ms. Bentley said she hopes to use her winnings to buy a new house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 08, 2017
“Not in a thousand years did I believe this would happen!” - Winchester woman wins $200,000 in “Jewel 7s” game

Wanda Haley“I looked at it… and looked at it… and looked at it.”

That’s how Wanda Haley described the moment she realized she’d won $200,000 playing the Virginia Lottery. The Winchester woman won the top prize in the Jewel 7s Scratcher game.

“It’s just unbelievable,” she said as she claimed her prize. “Not in a thousand years did I believe this would happen!”

The retired nursing assistant bought her winning ticket at Sheetz, 1683 Berryville Pike in Winchester.

Jewel 7’s (game #1676) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Black Opal, like the one Ms. Haley scratched, White Pearl, Aqua Marine or Green Jade. 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 second person to claim the top prize in game #1676, which means eight $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Although Ms. Haley has no definite plans for her winnings, she said there just might be a new car in her future.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 08, 2017
Woodbridge man wins $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Nixon BarahonaThere’s a good chance that Nixon Barahona will remember the numbers 5,9,12,19 and 26 for a long time. Those are the numbers with which the Woodbridge man won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I was in shock,” he said. “I still can’t believe it.”

He bought his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 17105 Old Stage Road in Dumfries for the February 1 day drawing.

Although Mr. Barahona said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, it comes at a good time because he recently started his own 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 07, 2017
North Chesterfield man wins $400,000 playing Cash 5

William BakerWilliam Baker has been battling some serious medical issues lately. So it came as a wonderful surprise when he discovered he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game – not once, but four times in the same drawing.

It happened when the North Chesterfield man bought multiple plays for the January 21 day drawing, all using the same numbers: 4-5-24-26-29. Each of his plays won the game’s top prize of $100,000 for a total of $400,000.

He bought the tickets at Kroger, 7000 Tim Price Way in Richmond. He selected his numbers using family birthdays.

Later that day, as he was watching the UVA game on television, he discovered he’d won (and as it turns out, so did the Cavaliers!).

Mr. Baker said the winnings will help pay medical expenses.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 02, 2017
“I was about to fall over!” - Bristol man wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

Eric CooperEric Cooper was on a winning streak. The Bristol, Tennessee, man was playing Virginia Lottery Scratcher games. He first won $10, so he bought a few more tickets and won $25. That’s when he bought an Extreme Green ticket and won $100,000.

“I was about to fall over!” he said. “I’m still in disbelief!”

He bought the winning ticket at Green Springs Community Market in Abingdon.

Extreme Green is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. Mr. Cooper’s ticket is the second top prize claimed in this game, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in Extreme Green are 1 in 4.37.

Mr. Cooper, who works as a training manager, 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 02, 2017
Virginia Beach inventor comes up with a unique way to win $250,000

David EdwardsBefore David Edwards left for a Caribbean cruise, the Virginia Beach man gave some money to his aunt and asked her to buy him a Virginia Lottery ticket. When he returned, he scratched the ticket and discovered he’d won $250,000.

“It’s the first time I’ve made money on a trip,” he joked as he claimed his prize.

He won the top prize in the Money Bag Doubler game. The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 300 South Rosemont Road in Virginia Beach.

Mr. Edwards, who described himself as an inventor, said he didn’t initially believe he’d actually won.

“At first I thought they were playing a practical joke on me,” he said.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the fourth top prize claimed in this game, which means three top prizes remain unclaimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Feb 02, 2017
Richmond man wins a “spectacular” prize: $1 million in “$4 Million Spectacular Riches” game

Shelby HamptonYou might call him “Spectacular” Shelby.

Shelby Hampton of Richmond scratched a $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the $1 million prize.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Tony’s Market, 3714 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Richmond.  

The $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches Scratcher (Game #1738) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million.  The $1,000,000 prize won by Mr. Hampton is actually the game’s second prize.

He had the choice of taking the $1 million prize in 30 annual payments, or a one-time cash option of $642,926. He chose the cash option.

Mr. Hampton is the first player to claim that $1 million prize, which means one more remains unclaimed. Three $4 million top prizes have yet to be claimed.

The chances of winning the $4 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.81.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 31, 2017
Campbell County man scratches to win $3 million prize
Why would someone buy two Virginia Lottery tickets and then totally forget to scratch one of them? Maybe it’s because the first ticket ended up being a $3 million winner!

That’s what happened to Tim Nash. The Gladys man bought a pair of $3,000,000 Fortune tickets and took them home. He scratched the first one as he sat in his car in the driveway. When he discovered the ticket was a top prize winner, he ran inside to tell his wife.

“She thought something bad had happened,” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at Community Mini Mart on Pigeon Run Road in Gladys. On January 31, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. The prize was a choice between $3 million over 30 years or a cash option of $1.6 million before taxes. At the time of the presentation, he was consulting with financial experts as to whether to take the annuity or the cash option.

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

And what about that other ticket he bought?

“I didn’t even scratch the other one,” he said. “I was so nervous I couldn’t scratch it!”

Mr. Nash, who works in the lumber industry, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The $3,000,000 Fortune Scratcher (game #1576) features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. He’s the second player to claim the top prize in this game, which means one $3 million ticket remains 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.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 30, 2017
Radford woman wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Brenda ShepherdBrenda Shepherd will probably remember the numbers 10, 14, 18, 24 and 26 for a long time. Those are the five numbers she matched to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s January 13 Cash 5 night drawing.

The Radford woman won the game’s top prize with a ticket she bought at Christy’s, 3410 Peppers Ferry Road in Radford.

She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the five numbers on her ticket.

When she claimed her prize, she said she plans to use her winnings to pay off the house and car and put some in the bank.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 30, 2017
Powhatan man wins $100,000 using numbers he got from a fortune teller machine

George FlinnSeveral years ago, George Flinn got some numbers from a fortune teller machine. Those are the numbers the Powhatan man used to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I had to look at it a half dozen times to make sure,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I told my wife, and she thought I was messing with her.”

He bought the winning ticket at Red Barn Food Store, 4100 Old Buckingham Road in Powhatan, for the January 14 night drawing. Those winning numbers were 9-15-18-23-34.

The win comes at a good time because Mr. Flinn said he just retired a few months ago.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 27, 2017
Winners announced in Farm Fresh Season’s Winnings Promotion

The holiday season lasted a little longer for five Virginia Lottery players. Each of them entered the Virginia Lottery’s Farm Fresh Season’s Winnings Promotion and won a Farm Fresh gift card.

Congratulations to the winners:

$1,500 - Nancy Cornwell of Franklin

$500 - Kathy Ryan of Williamsburg

$250 - Linda Beisch of Virginia Beach

$150 - Carter Ledoyen of Chesapeake

$100 - Lesley Lascari of Virginia Beach

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 25, 2017
Yorktown man wins $500,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing

Michael RussellHow do you win $500,000 when your Virginia Lottery ticket is not a winner? Michael Russell can tell you. The Yorktown man likes to enter his non-winning tickets containing the eXTRA Chances logo into the eXTRA Chances Promotion. That paid off when one of his tickets was drawn to win $500,000.

His winning ticket was one of more than 6.4 million entries in the January 4 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 February 7 with a $100,000 grand prize. Any non-winning ticket from a Virginia Lottery Scratcher containing the eXTRA Chances logo can be entered. The deadline to enter is January 31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 17, 2017
Orange County woman wins $100,000 while waiting in the grocery store

Beverly CicioniBeverly Cicioni was waiting for her mother in the grocery store. Since the Locust Grove woman found herself standing next to the Virginia Lottery’s Lottery Express machine, she decided to buy a couple of tickets.

Later, at home she scratched the tickets and made what she thought was an exciting discovery.

“I thought I’d won $10,000,” she later said. “I was beyond elated!”

However, Ms. Cicioni had misread the ticket. Instead of winning $10,000, she’d actually won $100,000!

“I was moved to tears!” she said.

She won big in the Virginia Lottery’s $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches game. She bought the ticket at Wegmans, 2281 Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg.

The $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches (Game #1738) Scratcher is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million.  The $100,000 prize won by Ms. Cicioni is actually the game’s third prize. Along with a $4 million top prize, the game features a $1 million second prize.

The chances of winning the $4 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.81.

Ms. Cicioni said her winnings will help to finally acquire a service dog to assist her nine-year-old granddaughter.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 17, 2017
Graduate student wins an “awesome” $200,000 in Jewel 7s game

Nishant AgrawalIt was New Year’s Eve and Nishant Agrawal was planning to go out to a club with some friends. On the way, he stopped at Refresh, 100 East Hundred Road in Chester. He had some time to kill, so he bought a Jewel 7s ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When he scratched the ticket, he realized he’d won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

“It feels awesome!” he said as he later claimed his prize.

It turns out, he never did go to the club that night. Instead he had some friends over to celebrate.

Jewel 7s (game #1550) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Tanzanite Violet, Opal Sparkling, Garnet Red or Tiger Eye Gold. He is the ninth person to claim the top prize in game #1550, which means one $200,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

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.

Mr. Agrawal, who is studying towards a Master’s Degree in Information Technology, 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 17, 2017
Richmond man matches all 5 numbers to win $100,000

Paul BurtonPaul Burton is a lucky person. The Richmond man has won several prizes playing the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game. You might say he went a step further when he matched all five numbers playing Cash 5 to win the $100,000 top prize.

It happened with a ticket he bought for the January 5 night drawing. He bought his winning ticket at Cannon Express Mart, 6110 Jahnke Road in Richmond.

The winning numbers were 16-21-26-29-33. He said he selected his numbers using the birthdays of family and friends.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 12, 2017
Henrico chef wins a sizzling $250,000

Melvin ColonMelvin Colon hardly ever plays the lottery. In fact, when he scratched a Money Bag Doubler ticket from the Virginia Lottery, it had been given to him by a friend.

When he first scratched the ticket, he thought he’d won $10,000.

“I couldn’t believe it!” he later said.

However, as he and the friend continued to look at the ticket, they realized it wasn’t worth $10,000. It was a $250,000 winner!

The winning ticket was bought at Speedway, 7700 West Broad Street in Richmond.

Money Bag Doubler is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means four top prizes remain unclaimed.

Mr. Colon, who works as a chef, said he intends to use the winnings for his children’s college.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 12, 2017
North Chesterfield woman wins $1 million at “lucky lottery spot”

Rachel BatesRachel Bates had a dream about winning – sort of.

“I had a dream about a purple ticket,” the North Chesterfield woman said.

Although that wasn’t much information to go on, her boyfriend David went on a search for that purple ticket.

“I went through about six or seven games until I found it,” he said.

He found the $52 Million Cash Spectacular ticket at Cannon Express Mart , 6110 Jahnke Road in Richmond. When he gave it to her, and she scratched the ticket, they realized she’d won the $1 million top prize.

“I was freaking out,” she said. “I was crying. The clerk brought me a bottle of water.”

Ms. Bates had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

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

“It’s my lucky lottery spot!” said David.

The $52 Million Cash Spectacular game features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. As the name suggests, the game has a total of $52 million in prizes available. Ms. Bates is the fourth $1 million winner to claim, which means two top-prize tickets remain unclaimed. 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 3.07.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 12, 2017
Alexandria man begins the year by winning $100,000

Marvin GonzalezThe year 2017 is getting off to a great start for Marvin Gonzalez. The Alexandria man celebrated the new year by winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 10x the Money game.

Mr. Gonzalez bought the winning ticket at Safeway, 7541 Richmond Highway in Alexandria.

As he claimed the game’s top prize, he said he couldn’t believe he won, and he never thought it would happen to him.

The 10x the Money Scratcher (game #1635) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. He is the sixth player to win the top prize in game #1635, which means one $100,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,049,143. The odds of winning any prize in 10x the Money are 1 in 4.29.

Mr. Gonzalez said he plans to save his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 10, 2017
Electrical engineering student is shocked to win $250,000

Nisit VisavakulFor more than six months, Nisit Visavakul of Centreville had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket in his possession worth $250,000.

“It was killing me!” he said when he finally claimed his prize.

Mr. Visavakul said he wanted to take the time to make sure he does the right thing with his winnings.

He bought the Queen of Hearts Scratcher ticket in June at Mac’s Circle K, 5135 Westfield Boulevard in Centreville. When he realized how much he’d won, he said he didn’t know what to do.

“I actually didn’t believe it,” he said. “It was pretty intense.”

Mr. Visavakul, who is studying electrical engineering, said he plans to pay off student loans and continue his education debt-free.

This is the third and final top prize claimed in Queen of Hearts (game #1582), 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.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,060,800, and the odds of winning any prize were 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 10, 2017
Rockingham County woman wins $250,000

Luella BlackLuella Black thought the Virginia Lottery ticket in her hand was worth $25,000, and she was pretty happy about it. But it turns out the Dayton woman was wrong. Her ticket was actually worth $250,000.

It happened when she bought a $15 Million Payout Scratcher ticket at Dayton Mini Market, 237 Main Street in Dayton.

“I didn’t even realize how much it was worth,” she said as she claimed her prize.

The $15 Million Payout game is one of dozens available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Ms. Black’s ticket is the third top prize claimed in this game, which means one top prize remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The odds of winning any prize in $15 Million Payout are 1 in 4.32.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 06, 2017
Bristow couple wins $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle
Pam Spilman didn’t get much sleep on the night of January 1. Earlier that evening, she’d checked the winning numbers in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and discovered the ticket she’d bought for her husband Glenn was one of the game’s three $1 million winners!

“All that night I kept getting up to make sure the numbers hadn’t changed,” she said.

Nevertheless, both Glenn and Pam went in to their respective jobs the next day, as if nothing had happened.

On January 5, the Bristow couple received their million-dollar check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.

Pam bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6865 Wellington Road in Manassas, while Glenn was outside pumping gas. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.  

The Spilmans said they have no immediate plans for the winnings, except to be debt-free.

The winning ticket is #103271. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Richmond and Lynchburg. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Charlottesville, Culpeper, Dumfries, Richmond, Rustburg and Yorktown. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 05, 2017
Virginia Beach couple wins $1 million playing Mega Millions
When Charles Leisure heard his wife Janet’s voice on the phone, he could tell something was up. She told him the Mega Millions ticket he’d bought for the December 27 drawing was worth a million dollars.

“I thought she might be joking until I heard her voice crack,” he said.

It was no joke. The ticket matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

He bought the winning ticket at Wawa, 720 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake, which is near where he works. He said he often goes there for lunch.

On January 5, the Virginia Beach couple returned to the store to receive the check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 2-28-30-38-39, and the Mega Ball number was 11. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket. If it had matched all six numbers, the Leisures would have won a jackpot estimated at $85 million.

They said they have no immediate plans for their winnings except to pay bills.

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. The odds of matching the first five numbers 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 03, 2017
10th Anniversary of Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Awards Kicks Off This Week!

Super Teacher AwardsEight Virginia K-12 educators will receive honors, a cash prize and classroom supplies

The Virginia Lottery, along with its partners at Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, today announced the opening of the tenth annual Super Teacher Awards. Between now and Feb. 13, 2017, 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 $1.6 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016.

“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. We are especially excited to mark our tenth year of this amazing program!”

Since 2008, the Super Teacher program has honored 72 teachers and awarded more than $288,000 in prizes. From this year’s nominees, eight Virginia educators will be selected as the 2017 Super Teachers, winning $2,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $2,000 in classroom supplies from The Supply Room Companies.

“To say that my experience as a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher has been overwhelming would be an understatement,” said 2016 Super Teacher Gary Skeen (Virginia High School, Bristol). “This honor has brought a positive light to band programs across Southwestern Virginia. My students push themselves harder than ever before to keep achieving higher goals and standards.  I could never thank the Virginia Lottery enough for showcasing education in the state of Virginia.”

The 2017 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
  • Jason Long, Super Teacher 2016, Lucy Addition M.S. (Roanoke)

Anyone 18 or older can nominate a Virginia pre-K-12 public school teacher. Nominations must be received by Feb. 13, 2017. Winners will be announced online in spring 2017, 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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About the Virginia Lottery

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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Jan 01, 2017
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 #103271 (bought at 7-Eleven, 6865 Wellington Road, Manassas)
  • Ticket #111002 (bought at 7-Eleven, 4601 West Broad Street, Richmond)
  • Ticket #283611 (bought at Speedway, 3732 Campbell Avenue, Lynchburg)

Six additional tickets each won $25,000. Those winning tickets are:

  • Ticket #064773 (bought at Quik-E Foods, 73 Campbell Highway, Rustburg)
  • Ticket #130337 (bought at Harris Teeter, 159 Community Drive, Charlottesville)
  • Ticket #131727 (bought at Super Shin, 3962 George Washington Mem. Hwy., Yorktown)
  • Ticket #224087 (bought at 7-Eleven, 779 Madison Road, Culpeper)
  • Ticket #283906 (bought at Goldy’s, 4024 West Broad Street, Richmond)
  • Ticket #306952 (bought at Food Lion, 5227 Waterway Drive, Dumfries)

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. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. 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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