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May 17, 2012
Afton woman wins top prize in Decades of Dollars - She collects $4 million cash option
Gloria Carter of Afton Gloria Carter of Afton was home watching television. Her husband Bud had gone to bed. Suddenly she shouted upstairs,“Honey,come down. I’ve got to show you something!”

That “something” was a Decades of Dollars ticket from the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Carter had matched all six numbers in the May 10 drawing to win the top prize of either $250,000 per year for 30 years or a one-time cash option of $4 million before taxes. However,it took not just her husband,but phone calls to both of her sisters to confirm the numbers before Ms. Carter believed she really had the winning ticket.

“It’s a great feeling!” she told Virginia Lottery officials.

The winning numbers were 5-11-17-25-28-41.She used Easy Pick,allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket. 

She bought the ticket at Royal Mart,185 East Broad Street in Waynesboro. On May 17,she returned to the store to receive her check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. Ms. Carter chose the cash option of $4 million.

Click here to see video of the presentation.

The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the top-prize ticket. 

“The nice lady who sold it to me said,‘I sure hope you win something because you come here all the time!’” Ms. Carter recalled.

She is Virginia’s second grand-prize winner in Decades of Dollars since the game’s first drawing in February 2011.

Decades of Dollars drawings are held Monday and Thursday nights at 11:00. The game is currently played in Virginia,Georgia,Kentucky and Arkansas. 

The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products,rather than tax dollars,the Virginia Lottery generated more than $444 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2011. That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. Follow the Virginia Lottery onFacebook,Twitter and YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Apr 22, 2014
Norfolk woman wins $100,000 in 10x the Money game

Jennifer BaldwinWhen Jennifer Baldwin discovered she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s 10x the Money game, the Norfolk woman showed the ticket to her daughter for confirmation.

“We just won $100,000!” her daughter exclaimed after examining the ticket.

“What do you mean, ‘we’?” Ms. Baldwin laughed.

The ticket was indeed a $100,000 winner. She bought it at Shell, 3502 Princess Anne Road in Norfolk.

Ms. Baldwin, who works in health care, said she intends to use her winning to pay bills and take care of her two daughters.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Basldwin is the third player to claim the $100,000 top prize in the game, meaning there are five unclaimed top prizes remaining.

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 22, 2014
Orange County woman wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery

Patty MeadowsPatty Meadows of Orange didn’t have an easy time driving home from the grocery store. She knew she had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $1 million in the car.

It happened Monday when she stopped by the Food Lion on Madison Road in Orange to pick up a few things. She also bought a 20X the Money Scratcher ticket. She went out to her car and scratched it. At first, she didn’t realize what she’d won.

“I knew I’d got my money back anyway,” she said. “Then I started screaming!”
 
In fact, her son thought something terrible had happened until she told him the good news.

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

She said she hopes to use her winnings to take care of her family.

20X the Money (game #1474) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Ms. Meadows is the first $1 million winner in game #1474, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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 22, 2014
On the day after his birthday, Danville man wins $100,000

Larry WoodsIt may have been a day late, but Larry Woods isn’t complaining. On the day after his birthday, the Danville man claimed the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

He matched all five winning numbers in the April 18 Cash 5 night drawing. Those winning numbers were 9-10-19-22-25. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He bought the winning ticket at Happy Shopper, 13101 Hull Street in Midlothian.

What was his reaction when the clerk told him he had a winning ticket? “I can’t even explain it,” 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 $1.3 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 18, 2014
Alexandria man wins $100,000 in Cash 5
Alexandria man smiles with winning ticketFor almost two months, Moges Mekonnin quietly kept a winning Cash 5 ticket tucked in his wallet. The Alexandria man matched all five numbers in the February 20 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize.

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

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

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

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Apr 18, 2014
Chesapeake man has the hot hand to win $100,000 in Poker Scratcher

Lorenzo JonesLorenzo Jones of Chesapeake won $100,000 playing Poker – not the card game, the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game!

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1928 Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake. When he later scratched the ticket at his home, he didn’t immediately realize it was a winner.

“I didn’t know what it meant,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The construction worker said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Poker is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to that $100,000 top prize. Mr. Jones is the fifth player to claim the $100,000 prize in this game, which means one top-prize ticket remains unclaimed.

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 18, 2014
She stopped to buy water and ended up with $1 million-winning ticket

Tekisha EveretteTekisha Everette was just wrapping up a trip to visit family in Hampton Roads. The Laurel, Maryland, woman stopped to buy some water for her drive home. While she was at the store, she decided to do something she hardly ever does: play the Lottery. She bought a $4 Million Mega Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery. That ticket ended up winning the $1 million second prize.

“I was quiet and calm,” she said as she claimed her prize. “It will probably sink in later.”

She bought the winning ticket at Tinee Giant, 12597 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News.

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

$4 Million Mega Multiplier features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. Ms. Everette is the first player to claim the second prize in $4 Million Mega Multiplier, which means three $1 million tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, all four $4 million tickets are unclaimed.

Ms. Everette said she intends to use her winnings to pay debt and take care of her family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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 18, 2014
Cycling competition in Richmond will impact traffic near Richmond Prize Zone

At the Virginia Lottery, we’re always searching for ways to improve the customer experience. On Friday, May 2, we’re doing that by telling our players NOT to come see us. Well, not at our Headquarters location in downtown Richmond, anyway. Instead, we’re encouraging players to visit us at our Prize Zone West location to avoid traffic caused by the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, which will cycle right through downtown Richmond.

Prize Zone West is located at 1620 East Parham Road. This site offers the same benefits to players as the Lottery’s other six customer service centers located across Virginia. Players who want to redeem winning tickets, including those for prizes greater than $600, can stop in and claim their prize. This location also offers plenty of free parking.

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 16, 2014
Henrico couple wins $4 million prize in “$100 Million Cash Extravaganza” Scratcher game

David Diggs and Rosalyn Radden worked as a team to win the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game. She bought the ticket; he scratched it; and when they realized it was a big winner, they high-fived.

They bought the winning ticket at Martin’s Food Market, 2250 John Rolfe Parkway in Henrico. Ms. Radden had decided a few weeks earlier that she would buy one ticket in that game each week. This was the fourth week.

After dinner at home, when Mr. Diggs scratched the ticket, he said, “I think I have something.” He asked her to get her glasses so she could double-check. There was no mistake, it was a top winner!

On April 16 they returned to the store to receive their prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Click here to see video of the presentation.

They had a choice of taking the full $4 million prize over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $2,724,000. They chose the cash option.

$100 Million Cash Extravaganza features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. As the name suggests, the game began with a total of $100 million in prizes available. This is the first top-prize ticket claimed, which means three $4 million tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, three $1 million second-prize tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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 11, 2014
Chesapeake man wins 58 times in the same Pick 4 drawing for a total of $290,000

Eugene JohnsonWhen Eugene Johnson of Chesapeake played the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game on April 8, he bought 58 plays, each with the same four-digit combination. When that combination, 1-2-2-5, was drawn, all 58 of those tickets became winners. The prize for each winning ticket was $5,000, for a total of $290,000.

He bought the winning tickets at Battlefield Shell, 224 South Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.

And that’s not all… This isn’t the first time he’s won several times in the same Pick 4 drawing. Back in October 2011, he won $125,000 with 25 plays in the same drawing.

The April 8, 2014, Pick 4 day drawing was a big one for Virginia Lottery players, who won more than $1.9 million in that single drawing.

Mr. Johnson, who works as a bail bond agent, said he was in disbelief and kept checking his tickets for an hour before going to the Lottery office to claim his prize. He said he plans to pay bills and help family members with his winnings.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The top prize for a $1 play is $5,000. The chances of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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 2012. 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 11, 2014
Annandale man wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Thanh NguyenThanh Nguyen of Annandale is a very patient man. He had a winning Virginia Lottery ticket in his possession for more than four months before he claimed the $100,000 top prize.

He matched all five numbers in the November 29 Cash 5 night drawing to win the $100,000 top prize. He bought his winning ticket at Seven Corners BP, 6701 Wilson Boulevard in Falls Church.

He selected the numbers on his ticket, 2-7-11-21-22, using family birthdays. He said he plans to use his winnings to pay for his son’s education.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Apr 02, 2014
Campbell County man hits it big in Lucky Cherry Slots Scratcher game

Arnold JacksonWhen Arnold Jackson won $150,000 playing the Virginia Lottery, anyone watching would have known something unusual had just happened.

“I jumped out of the car and ran around it,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I ran back in the store to have them check the ticket.”

It happened in the parking lot of the Food Lion at 2225 Florida Avenue in Lynchburg, where the Evington man had just bought the Lucky Cherry Slots ticket.

Lucky Cherry Slots is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. Mr. Jackson is the second player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are eight unclaimed $150,000 prizes remaining.

He said he intends to use his winnings to pay his mortgage.

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 02, 2014
Charlottesville man takes $250,000 top prize in "Bankroll Doubler" Scratcher game

Harold SmithIt was a long weekend for Harold Smith. The Charlottesville man had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $250,000, and he had to wait until Monday morning to redeem it.

“The reality is setting in right now,” he said as he received his check from the Virginia Lottery. “It’s really coming true!”

He bought the Bankroll Doubler Scratcher ticket at Everyday Shop, 3470 Seminole Train in Charlottesville early Saturday morning when he stopped for a cup of coffee. He later scratched it at home and realized it was a top prize winner. A friend told him to sign the ticket and put it in a safe place, so he kept it close by him all weekend.

Bankroll Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Mr. Smith is the third player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are three unclaimed $250,000 prizes remaining.

Mr. Smith, who works as a delivery driver, said the win comes in handy because he has a daughter coming out of college.

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 02, 2014
Richmond man wins $1 million prize in 20X the Money Scratcher game

Maurice BrooksTeamwork had a lot to do with Maurice Brooks winning $1 million in the Virginia Lottery. The Richmond man scratched the winning ticket together with his mother.

“My eyes were all big. I had a grin,” he recalled as he claimed his prize. “She said, ‘What is it?’ So I passed it to her.”
 
The 20X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery was a top prize winner. It was bought at the 7-Eleven at 13866 Village Place Drive in Midlothian.

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

Mr. Brooks, who works as a cabinet maker, said he intends to use his winnings to buy a house for his mother.

20X the Money (game #1397) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. Brooks is the third and final $1 million winner in game #1397, which means the game is now closed. However, because the game was such a hit with players, the Virginia Lottery has launched a new 20X the Money Scratcher (game #1474) with three $1 million top prizes.

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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Mar 28, 2014
Martinsville man wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery

Brantley EanesBrantley Eanes of Martinsville was on his way to work when he stopped at On the Run on Church Street in Martinsville. He bought a $52 Million Cash Spectacular Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When he scratched it in his truck in the parking lot, he discovered it was a $1 million winner.

“It was hard to work that night,” he laughed as he later claimed his prize.

The electronic technician had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

As soon as he realized he had a big winner in his hand, Mr. Eanes called his wife. “She thought I was pulling her leg,” he said.

He said he hopes to use his winnings to pay bills and save for retirement.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 28, 2014
North Carolina woman comes to Virginia and wins $250,000

Sheila ShatleySheila Shatley lives in North Carolina and works in Virginia. When she played the Virginia Lottery’s Bankroll Doubler Scratcher game, she saw something she’d never seen before. Her ticket was a $250,000 winner.

“I thought it was a mistake,” she said as she claimed her prize. “My knees were knocking.”

It was no mistake. The ticket that she bought at State Line Store in Mouth of Wilson won the game’s top prize.

Bankroll Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Ms. Shatley is the second player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are four unclaimed $250,000 prizes remaining.

The Crumpler, NC, woman said she hopes to use her winnings to buy a new car.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 28, 2014
Chesapeake woman gets a $100,000 wake-up call

Nenita AlexanderNenita Alexander was asleep when her friend called – but this call was worth waking up for. The friend knew what numbers Ms. Alexander liked to play in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She was calling to say all five those numbers were drawn in the March 24 day drawing. That means Ms. Alexander won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it. I had just woken up!” the Chesapeake woman said as she claimed her prize.

The winning numbers were 6-11-16-19-31. Although she often plays those numbers, she said they have no particular significance.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 900 Providence Road in Chesapeake.

Ms. Alexander said she hopes to use her winnings to buy a car.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 28, 2014
“Baby, we did it again!” Lightning strikes again – and again – for Portsmouth couple

Calvin & Zatera SpencerCalvin and Zatera Spencer are having an amazing month. First they won $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing. Then on March 26, Mr. Spencer won $50,000 with 10 winning tickets in the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The next day, shortly after dropping his wife off for an appointment, Mr. Spencer bought a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket, $100 Million Cash Extravaganza, and won the $1 million prize.

“Baby, we did it again!” he told her.

The $1 million prize in $100 Million Cash Extravaganza is an annuity, which means the Spencers had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. They chose the cash option. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 100 West 21st Street in Norfolk. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

The $50,000 win came when the combination 6-6-6-6 was drawn in the March 26 Pick 4 day drawing. Since that’s a popular combination, the Virginia Lottery paid out a total of $6 million to winners for that drawing. Mr. Spencer had 10 tickets with 6-6-6-6. The top prize in Pick 4 is $5,000, which means he won a total of $50,000.

“We’re not finished yet,” he said as they claimed their latest prizes.

$100 Million Cash Extravaganza features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. The $1 million prize that the Spencers won is actually the second prize. As the name suggests, the game began with a total of $100 million in prizes available. Mr. Spencer is the first $1 million winner to claim, which means three million-dollar tickets remain unclaimed.

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The top prize for a $1 play is $5,000. The chances of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 28, 2014
Palmyra man hits it big in Lucky Cherry Slots Scratcher game

Brad PalmerBrad Palmer didn’t have to go to Las Vegas to win big in Lucky Cherry Slots. He played the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game and won the $150,000 top prize.

“I’m excited and very blessed,” he said as he claimed his prize at the Virginia Lottery’s Prize Zone in Richmond.

He bought the winning ticket at Kidd’s Store, 8649 West River Road in Scottsville.

The Palmyra man said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to help family.

Lucky Cherry Slots is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. Mr. Palmer is the first player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are nine unclaimed $150,000 prizes remaining.

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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Mar 24, 2014
Herndon small business owner wins $3 million playing Mega Millions
Glinda Salgado sells a lot of Virginia Lottery at the store her family owns: Elden Market & Deli at 1141 Elden Street #103 in Herndon. She’s seen a lot of her customers win prizes of various sizes. So when she heard that a Mega Millions ticket sold at her store had won $3 million, she was really excited.

“Oh good, somebody won. Yay!” she recalled thinking when she heard the news.

What she didn’t realize is that she was the person who bought that winning ticket. Her ticket matched the first five numbers in the March 14 Mega Millions drawing.

“I didn’t think it was me, so I didn’t check my ticket,” she said.

The winning numbers were 7-20-40-54-69 and the Mega Ball number was 12.  The only number she didn’t match was the Mega Ball number. Normally, that would win $1 million. But Ms. Salgado spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier when she bought the ticket, which increased the prized to $3 million.

On March 24, Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto stopped by the store to present her with $3 million prize, and the store with a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Click here to see video of the presentation.

Some people might say the store is located in a lucky area. It’s just a block or two away from the Giant Food where a $107 million Mega Millions jackpot was won in 2011.

Ms. Salgado said she selected four of the numbers on her ticket using numbers that are important to her, and the remaining two numbers at random.  Had she matched that final number, she would have won a Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $353 million. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

Ms. Salgado, who lives in Chantilly, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 21, 2014
Truck driver hauls in a load of money - $250,000 – in Virginia Lottery game

Antonio Soto-ChavezAntonio Soto-Chavez of El Paso, Texas, was driving through Virginia on Interstate 81. The truck driver was hauling a load of food to Richmond when he stopped for gas at Love’s, 1015 Mt. Olive Road in Toms Brook.

While he was there, he bought a Bankroll Doubler Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When he scratched it, he quickly realized he’d won the $250,000 top prize.

“I tried to stay cool,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Bankroll Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. Mr. Soto-Chavez is the first player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are five unclaimed $250,000 prizes remaining.

He said he likes to play lottery games in the many states that his job takes him. As for his winnings, he says he hopes to pay off his house and save for retirement.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 21, 2014
Abingdon man wins $5 million top prize in “50X the Money” game

Billy DeBuskWhen Billy DeBusk saw that his Virginia Lottery ticket was a really big winner, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I didn’t have my glasses on,” said the Abingdon man. “I noticed all the zeros and I thought I’d scratched the wrong numbers.”

It turns out his 50X the Money ticket was worth $ 5 million, the game’s top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at 5Mart, located at 863 West Main Street in Abingdon.

He had a choice of taking the full $5 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $3,405,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

50X the Money is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. This is the first $5 million winner in the game, which means two top-prize tickets have yet to be claimed. In addition, one $500,000 second-prize has been awarded, which means three remain unclaimed.

Mr. DeBusk said he hopes to invest his winnings.

“It feels super good,” he said. “I still don’t believe it.”

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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Mar 21, 2014
Chesapeake man buys Cash 5 ticket by mistake – and wins $100,000!

Wlliam HobbsWilliam Hobbs wanted to play Mega Millions. So he stopped by the Food Lion on Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake and went to the Lottery Express machine. But he accidently hit the wrong button and ended up with a Cash 5 ticket instead of a Mega Millions ticket.

Tough luck? Not exactly. That Cash 5 ticket ended up winning $100,000!

His ticket matched all five numbers in the March 7 Cash 5 night drawing. Those winning numbers were 2-18-28-33-34. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The Chesapeake man found out he’d won the next morning when his wife walked in the room carrying the newspaper and that Cash 5 ticket.

“I thought, ‘Oh man, something good must have happened!’” he said later.

Mr. Hobbs, who works as a railroad yardmaster, said he hopes to use his winnings for home improvements.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 20, 2014
Landscaper cleans up with a $100,000 winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery

Roger HouchensRoger Houchens III went to the Lucky’s of Scottsville to cash a $15 winning ticket and buy a few more, one of which landed him $100,000. He purchased three $5 Jewel 7’s tickets with his initial winnings. The last one he scratched revealed his top-prize win.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Mr. Houchens told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize.

 Mr. Houchens, who works in landscaping, recalled revealing the $100,000 prize near the top of the ticket and feeling too shocked to continue scratching. When he got home, he told his girlfriend about the big win.

“He looked like he was about to pass out,” his girlfriend, Tiffany Harris, told Lottery officials.

Jewel 7’s (game #1328) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, Diamond White or Ruby Red. Mr. Houchens is the 16th winner to claim the $100,000 prize in game #1328, which means all top-prize tickets have been claimed, and the game has closed.

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 $487.1 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2012. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 20, 2014
Alexandria man scores $100,000 in 10x the Money Scratcher

Rudy RiveraWhat did Rudy Rivera do when he discovered he won $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery? He jumped up and down, of course. The Alexandria man won the top prize in Scratcher game 10x the Money.

He purchased the ticket at Shoppers Food, located at 6360 Seven Corners Center in Falls Church. He scratched the lucky ticket in the store and then went home to double-check it.

“I feel very happy,” Mr. Rivera told Lottery officials while claiming his prize. “I never thought I could win something like this.”

Mr. Rivera, who works in construction, said he hasn’t told anyone about the big win. He plans to put the money into savings.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Mr. Rivera is the second player to claim the $100,000 top prize in the game, meaning there are six unclaimed top prizes remaining.

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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Mar 19, 2014
Portsmouth couple wins $1 million playing Powerball

Calvin and Zatera SpencerWhen Calvin Spencer received a phone call from his father saying a ticket bought in Portsmouth had won $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing, he began to wonder. Calvin and his wife Zatera checked and discovered that million-dollar ticket was theirs!

They bought the winning ticket at Barber Tire & Auto, 5701 Portsmouth Blvd. in Portsmouth. On March 18 they returned to the store to receive their prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It feels great, fantastic,” said Mr. Spencer. “It feels like a blessing.”

The winning numbers were 14-15-28-37-54 and Powerball number was 10. Their ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number. If they had matched all six numbers, they would have won a jackpot estimated at $60 million. There was no jackpot winner in that drawing, and this was the only ticket in the nation to win the second prize by matching the first five numbers. They used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on their ticket.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 13 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 12 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

The couple owns a health care agency in Portsmouth. They said they have no immediate plans for their winnings.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.

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Mar 18, 2014
Springfield man wins a cool $1 million playing Powerball

For about 11 days, Robert Manning was sitting on a million dollars. That’s not a figure of speech. He had a Powerball ticket worth $1 million in his wallet, and he didn’t know it!

When he finally decided to clean out his wallet (“It was getting too fat,” he said), he came across about a dozen Powerball tickets. When he checked the numbers, he discovered one of his tickets matched the first five numbers to win $1 million.

“It feels crazy,” he said as he presented his winning ticket to Lottery officials. “It feels like there’s nine million things going through my mind.

Click here to hear more from this $1 million winner.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6221 Rolling Road in Springfield for the March 5 drawing. The winning numbers were 3-7-9-26-54, and the Powerball number was 19.  Had the ticket matched that final number, the Powerball number, it would have won the $40 million jackpot.

The federal employee said he has one child in college and another planning to go to college next year, so the win comes at a good time.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. 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 $1.3 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 2012. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 15, 2014
Virginia ticket wins $3 million in Mega Millions drawing

Although there was no jackpot winner in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, one ticket bought in Virginia came very close – and is now worth $3 million.

The ticket was bought at Elden Market & Deli, located at 1141 Elden Street #103 in Herndon.

The winning numbers for Friday’s drawing were 7-20-40-54-69 and the Mega Ball number was 12. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. Normally that would win $1 million. But whoever bought this ticket spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier when he or she bought the ticket. That tripled the prize to $3 million.

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

Since no ticket matched all six numbers in the March 14 drawing, the jackpot now stands at an estimated $400 million for Tuesday’s drawing.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 14, 2014
Bristol woman wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery Scratcher game

Joyce HarrisA winter’s day was brightened for Joyce Harris when she scratched a Virginia Lottery ticket and won the top prize. She won the $100,000 prize in the $100,000 Crossword game.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she exclaimed as she claimed her prize at the Lottery’s Southwest Virginia Customer Service Center in Abingdon. “I had to ask my granddaughter to check the ticket.”

The Bristol, Virginia, woman bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 1136 Old Airport Road in Bristol.

$100,000 Crossword is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to that $100,000 top prize. Ms. Harris is the third player to claim the $100,000 prize in this game, which means two top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.

Ms. Harris said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 14, 2014
Musician hits the right note to win $100,000

William JohnsonWilliam Johnson doesn’t play the lottery very often, but once was all it took when he matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win $100,000.

“I thought I was dreaming,” he said as he claimed his prize.

The Henrico man matched all five numbers in the March 10 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. Those winning numbers were 2-10-13-15-17. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays.

The winning ticket was bought at Market Place, 101 East Brookland Park Blvd. in Richmond.

Mr. Johnson, who is a working musician, said he plans to use his winnings to help his family and his church.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 14, 2014
Suffolk woman wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Lakisha LeeLakisha Lee is a very lucky person. She matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the $100,000 top prize.

The Suffolk woman won big in the March 5 Cash 5 night drawing. She bought the winning ticket at Farm Fresh, 3575 Shoulder Hill Bridge Road in Suffolk.

The winning numbers were 9-20-21-24-33. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

And how does it feel to win the top prize? “I don’t feel any different,” she said as she claimed her prize.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 14, 2014
Woodbridge man is dealt a winning hand in Poker Scratcher game to win $100,000

Andres FerrufinoAndres Ferrufino won $100,000 with a hot hand in Poker – not the card game; the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game!

The Woodbridge man bought the winning ticket at 24 Express Food Store, 4007 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

He wasn’t so sure of his luck, though. After he scratched the ticket, he showed it to a friend who looked at it and said, “Hey, you won!” But Mr. Ferrufino still didn’t believe it until he took the ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge.

Poker is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to that $100,000 top prize. Mr. Ferrufino is the fourth player to claim the $100,000 prize in this game, which means two top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 13, 2014
Powerball ticket bought in Portsmouth wins $1 million

PowerballCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for last night’s drawing that ended up winning $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at Barber Tire & Auto, 5701 Portsmouth Blvd. in Portsmouth.

The winning numbers for the March 12 Powerball drawing were 14-15-28-37-54, and the Powerball number was 10. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery at 804-692-7777 or 757-825-7800.

This is the second $1 million Powerball winner in Virginia so far this month. Just last week, a ticket bought in Springfield matched the first five numbers to win $1 million. That winner has not yet come forward.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 13 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 12 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

There was no jackpot winner in last night’s drawing, and this was the only ticket in the nation to win the second prize by matching the first five numbers.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 12, 2014
Virginians win nearly $240,000 in Tuesday’s drawing as jackpot grows to Estimated $353 million

Mega Millions logoThe spring weather is heating up, and so is Mega Millions. More than 114,000 tickets in Virginia won prizes in the Tuesday, March 11 drawing.  But no ticket in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the jackpot.  That means the jackpot for the March 14 drawing has grown to an estimated $353 million.

Virginian Lottery players won a total of $239,571 in last night’s drawing. Two tickets would have won $500, but the players who bought them each spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier, which increased their prizes to $2,000 apiece.

The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than 1.5 million Mega Millions tickets in the Commonwealth on Friday alone. If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $353 million jackpot in 30 annual payments or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $194 million before taxes.

Eight Mega Millions jackpots have been won in Virginia since the game began in 2002. The most recent winner was Lewis Howard of Cumberland, who matched all six numbers to claim $99 million in the May 17, 2013, Mega Millions drawing.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Mar 07, 2014
Manassas man discovers he has $250,000 winning ticket

Scott MurilloFor nearly five months, Scott Murillo had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $250,000 in his possession, and he didn’t even know it.

The Manassas man bought a ticket for the October 8, 2013, Mega Millions drawing and forgot about it. Then in late February, he was cleaning out some papers, and he found the ticket. So he checked it and discovered he’d matched the first five numbers.

“It’s something I never thought I’d get,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Exxon at the Glen, 4255 Seeton Square in Woodbridge.  He selected his numbers using family birthdays.  The winning numbers for that drawing were 6-15-19-23-40 and Mega Ball 5.

Mr. Murilllo, who works as a carpenter, said he hopes to use his winnings to buy a house.

A few weeks after the drawing in which Mr. Murillo won this prize, the Mega Millions game underwent some changes. The prize for matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions is now $1 million, and the odds of hitting are steeper. Since his winning ticket was for the October 8 drawing, before the changes, he received the $250,000 prize.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, 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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Mar 07, 2014
Chesapeake man wins $100,000 in Cash! Scratcher game

Donald HaleDonald Hale had all weekend to wait for the Virginia Lottery office to open, so he could redeem his winning ticket.  He spent most of that time checking and rechecking the ticket to make sure it really was a $100,000 winner. Turns out, it really was!

The Chesapeake man won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash! Scratcher game.  He bought the winning ticket at Smoke Shop, 627 High Street in Portsmouth.

Mr. Hale said he had no firm plans for his winnings, although there may be a new truck in his future.

Cash! is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. Three top-prize tickets have been claimed in the game, which means one $100,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

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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Mar 07, 2014
Charlottesville man hits the jackpot in "Hit the Jackpot" game for $200,000

John BlairWhen John Blair III of Charlottesville realized he had a top prize-winning ticket in his hand, his first words were, “I hit the jackpot!”

That was appropriate, considering the name of the Scratcher game he’d just won is Hit the Jackpot. He’d won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

He bought the winning ticket at Tom Thumb Food Mart, 828 Cherry Avenue in Charlottesville. He took the ticket out to his car in the parking lot and scratched it. When he saw it might be a winner, he took the ticket back in the store where the clerk confirmed that he’d won big.

“I just feel normal,” he said as he claimed his prize at the Lottery’s Prize Zone West in Henrico County. “I don’t get excited.”

The retiree said he intends to save his winnings and pay bills.

Hit the Jackpot is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. Mr. Blair is the third player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are four unclaimed $200,000 prizes remaining.

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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Mar 06, 2014
Powerball ticket bought in Springfield wins $1 million

PowerballSomewhere there is a Powerball ticket worth $1 million from last night’s drawing. It was bought at the 7-Eleven at 6221 Rolling Road in Springfield.

The winning numbers for the March 5 Powerball drawing were 3-7-9-26-54, and the Powerball number was 19. The winning ticket from Springfield matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

There was no jackpot winner in last night’s drawing, and this was the only ticket in the nation to win the second prize by matching the first five numbers.

This is the second $1 million Powerball winner in Northern Virginia in about a month. On February 6, Mega McCormick of Alexandria claimed the $1 million prize she won with a ticket she bought in Arlington.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 13 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 11 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

Whoever has this latest winning ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery at 804-692-7777.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Mar 06, 2014
Richmond woman wins $100,000 in Cash! Scratcher game

Jane HaskinsJane Haskins was late for her beauty salon appointment, but she had a good excuse. She was busy winning $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery!

The Richmond woman won the top prize in the Cash! Scratcher game with a ticket she bought at The Market Place, 4501 Nine Mile Road in Richmond

Ms. Haskins didn’t realize at first she’d won such a big prize. She did see that she’d won something, though. “Hmm, at least I’m getting my money back,” was her first thought.

When she realized how much she’d won, she says she quietly edged out of the store.

The retiree said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Cash! is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Haskins is the game’s third top-prize winner.  That means one $100,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

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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Mar 04, 2014
Richmond man wins $1 million playing Mega Millions
Woodrow Green doesn’t usually play Mega Millions. When his girlfriend told him he should, he went ahead and bought a ticket for the February 21 drawing. He didn’t know it, but that would turn out to be a million-dollar decision.

A week after the drawing, the Richmond man took his ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s Prize Zone because he thought it might have won a nice prize – maybe even $1,000. But he was wrong. The ticket wasn’t a $1,000 winner. He had matched the first five numbers to win $1 million.

“We had no idea it would be this kind of money,” he said. “I never thought this would happen. I had no idea!”

He bought the winning ticket at Beulah BP Mart, 4224 Beulah Road in Chesterfield County. On March 4, he returned to the store to receive his prize from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Click here to view video of the presentation.

The winning numbers were 23-29-32-45-46 and the Mega Ball number was 15. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to select the numbers on his ticket at random. Had he matched that final number, he would have won a Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $172 million.

Mr. Green, who works as an auto detailer, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

“It feels great,” he said. “I’m still trying to comprehend what just happened.”

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Feb 28, 2014
Virginia Lottery encourages support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

The Virginia Lottery is marking National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 2014, by reissuing two public service announcements (PSAs) for television and radio, encouraging responsible play.

The first PSA, titled “Play Responsibly,” promotes the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline, which assists people who think they or loved ones may have a gambling problem.  It emphasizes that a problem gambler can make a positive change by seeking help. The second PSA, titled “Play by the Rules,” reminds Virginians that it is against state law to buy or sell lottery tickets to anyone younger than 18. Both television and radio spots include English and Spanish versions, and will air across the Commonwealth.

Along with the PSAs, the Lottery has produced Play Responsibly brochures and is developing a problem gambling awareness instructional video for employees.

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

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

To show its support of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, no lottery product television or radio advertising will air March 1-7. Although most people can play games of chance without ill effects, there are some for whom gambling can be harmful.  That is why the message from the Lottery is simple: have fun and play responsibly.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Feb 27, 2014
Fairfax woman wins $100,000 prize in Virginia Lottery

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cash 5 features prizes ranging from $1.25 up to $100 thousand.  If you play $1 and five numbers match the numbers drawn, you win the top prize of $100 thousand.  Cash 5 drawings are held twice daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Feb 27, 2014
Twice as nice for Ashburn man who wins $200,000

Nghia NguyenWhen Nghia Nguyen of Ashburn discovered he’d won $200,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, there was no jumping up and down or shouting.

“I was calm,” he later said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was pretty happy.”

He had every reason to be happy. He’d matched all five numbers in the February 18 Cash 5 night drawing, not once, but twice! His two tickets contained the winning numbers 7-11-14-19-29. Each ticket won the $100,000 top prize, for a total of $200,000.

He bought the tickets at Schmitz Exxon One Loudoun, 44680 Wellfleet Drive in Ashburn, using numbers he selected at random.

Mr. Nguyen, who works in information technology, said he intends to save his winnings.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Feb 24, 2014
Mega Millions ticket bought in Chesterfield County wins $1 million

Check your tickets! Somewhere there is a ticket from the February 21 Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million.  It was bought at Beulah BP Mart, located at 4224 Beulah Road in Chesterfield County.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 23-29-32-45-46 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. Had the ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won the jackpot.

Whoever has the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery at 804-692-7777.

Since no ticket matched all six numbers in the February 21 drawing, the jackpot now stands at an estimated $195 million for Tuesday’s drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. 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 $1.3 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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Feb 24, 2014
Win for Life to be played exclusively in Virginia beginning with Feb. 26 drawing

Win for LifeIt’s the game with the prize of a lifetime: Win for Life. Beginning with the February 26 drawing, Win for Life will become a Virginia-only game. In addition, the Virginia Lottery will begin offering top-prize winners the choice of $1,000 per week for the rest of the winner’s life or a one-time cash option of $1 million before taxes.

“Win for Life has been good to Virginia Lottery players, with 44 of the 74 top-prize winners so far coming from the Commonwealth,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “We expect these changes to bring even more excitement for our players.”

Win for Life tickets still cost just $1. Players try to match six numbers to win prizes. One unusual feature of the game is that once the six winning numbers are drawn, a seventh number, called the Free Ball, is drawn. This extra number gives players a chance to increase non-jackpot prizes.

Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers. Virginia residents can also play Win for Life with a subscription for 26, 52 or 104 advance drawings. For more information, go to https://www.valottery.com/subscribe

When the Win for Life game began in February of 2006, it was played in Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky. Until February 22, it was played in Virginia and Georgia.

Win for Life drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 5,245,786. Other prizes in the game range from $2 to $52,000. For streaming video of live drawings, or to view past drawings, visit www.valottery.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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Feb 20, 2014
Gloucester County man wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery

Dennis FarmerFlabbergasted does not begin to describe how Dennis Farmer says he felt when he realized he’d won a million-dollar prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Winner Take All Scratcher.

“I scratched the first two lines and didn’t win anything,” said Farmer. “When I scratched the retailer code near the bottom of the ticket, I thought I had won only $10.00.”

When he handed the ticket to his girlfriend, she thought he had won $10,000. After sitting in their car for ten minutes, went back into the store with the winning ticket in hand to show the retailer, only to discover the ticket was worth the top prize of $1 million! The excitement all happened at the 7-Eleven at 3963 George Washington Highway in Hayes.  

“I’ve been playing the Lottery since it started, but never won anything of this size,” Farmer said.

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

When he claimed his prize at the Virginia Lottery’s Hampton Customer Service Center, he says he already knew exactly how he was going to spend his winnings. “I want to pay some bills, purchase a new vehicle, and then try to do a little something fun.”

Winner Take All features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million.  There were a total of six $1 million prizes available in this Millionaire Edition of Winner Take All.  Mr. Farmer has claimed the first top prize leaving five top-prize tickets unclaimed. 

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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Feb 20, 2014
Bartender from West Point shakes it up with a $100,000 prize

Casey SloggieCasey Sloggie  finished her shift at work with a $100,000 Virginia Lottery scratcher in her possession. After having purchased it minutes before reporting to work, Sloggie immediately put the lucky ticket in the safe at her place of employment.

Ms. Sloggie bought the winning Jewel 7’s ticket at Mac’s Circle K, 14981 Eltham Road in Lanexa.

In addition to hoping to make a down payment to buy a house, the West Point bartender says she will now have the chance to fulfill another dream. “I had just purchased my very first new car the day before I bought this winning ticket,” says Sloggie. “Now, I’m giving that car to my parents and buying my dream car!”

Jewel 7’s (game #1431) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Emerald Green, like the one Ms. Sloggie bought, Sapphire Blue, Diamond White or Ruby Red.

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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Feb 19, 2014
Charlottesville man wins wins wins in Money Money Money game

Bobby HuffBobby Huff was on his lunch break with a friend when they stopped at The Corner Exxon at 233 Caroline Street in Orange. They decided they would each buy one Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket.

Mr. Huff bought a Money Money Money ticket and took it out to the truck to scratch it. A moment later, he said unbelievingly, “I won!”

Indeed, he had won the $150,000 top prize, but he didn’t believe his luck until he took the ticket back in the store. The clerk checked the ticket and handed it back to him with one word: “Congratulations!”

Money Money Money is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes from $5 up to that $150,000 top prize. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means four $150,000 tickets are unclaimed.

One unusual aspect of this game is that each Money Money Money ticket features a salute to Virginia’s Department of Forestry, for 100 years of protecting life and property, conserving resources and shaping Virginia’s forests.

Mr. Huff, a 27-year-old Charlottesville man, works for James Winkey Lawn Service. He said he hopes to use his 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 $1.3 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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Feb 19, 2014
Newport News man claims top prize in Cash 5 game

Wallace BanksWhen Wallace Banks bought a ticket for the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, he selected his numbers using his wife’s and four sons’ birthdays. That tactic worked. The Newport News man matched all five numbers to win the $100,000 top prize.

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 12460 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News for the January 6 Cash 5 night drawing. The winning numbers were 9-12-15-20-23.

Mr. Banks, who is retired, had no immediate plans for his winnings.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Feb 18, 2014
Newport News woman wins top prize in Virginia Lottery’s “2 Ways 2 Win” Sweepstakes

Deborah WaldronDeborah Waldron believed she could win it all, and with a non-winning ticket. She entered the Virginia Lottery’s 2 Ways 2 Sweepstakes and walked away with a big check and an even bigger smile.

“I’m shocked. I still don’t believe it!” she told Lottery officials.

Her winning ticket was one of more than 32,000 non-winning tickets entered in the February 12 drawing. Players entered by submitting any qualifying, non-winning ticket(s) from 5X the Money (game #1425 and #1442), 7X the Money (game #1461 and #1483), 10X the Money (game #1370 and #1444), 20X the Money (game #1397 and #1474), or 50X the Money (game #1469).

Ms. Waldron’s entry was selected as the top prize winner in the second 2 Ways 2 Win drawing. The Newport News woman said her friends kept teasing her for entering, but she wanted to be a part of the game and continued adding entries.

“It’s just wonderful,” she said as she received his prize. “It’s amazing.”

Ms. Waldron, who owns a housekeeping business, said she plans to use the money 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 $1.3 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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Feb 18, 2014
Springfield woman buys two tickets and wins $200,000 in Cash 5

Shirley CameronShirley Cameron is one lucky lady. In April of 2013 she won the top prize of $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. As if that wasn’t lucky enough, she’s done it again! This time around she’s doubled her winnings, having purchased two tickets with the same winning numbers.

Ms. Cameron matched all five numbers in the February 7, 2014, Cash 5 night drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 7-11-14-19-27. She picked one of the numbers to match her birthday, but the rest were randomly chosen.

“When I first realized I won, I thought I only had one ticket,” Ms. Cameron told Lottery officials. It was only after she called her family to tell them she had won that she realized she had a second winning ticket.

Ms. Cameron bought the winning tickets at the Giant Food store at 8970 Burke Lake Road in Springfield.

The Springfield woman loves spending time with her children and grandchildren in her spare time. While she has no immediate plans for the money, she says she’s excited to do some shopping.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Feb 17, 2014
Powerball Jackpot grows to estimated $400 million

PowerballMore than 27,000 tickets in Virginia won prizes in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. But no one in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, February 19, Powerball drawing grows to an estimated $400 million.

 

Five Virginia tickets each won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. Those tickets were bought in Alexandria, Hampton, Manassas, Pennington Gap and Stafford.

 

Virginia Lottery officials expect to sell about 1.4 million Powerball tickets in the Commonwealth on Wednesday alone. If one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $400 million jackpot in 30 annual payments or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $227.8 million before taxes.

 

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 12 months, Virginians have won ten $1 million Powerball prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million Powerball jackpot.

 

The profit from every Powerball ticket bought in Virginia, like all other Virginia Lottery tickets, goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

 

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and 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 $1.3 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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Feb 14, 2014
Nurse has the right prescription to win $500,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Nelda BookerEvery day, on her way home from work, Nelda Booker stops for a cup of coffee at her favorite 7-Eleven. She often also buys a Virginia Lottery ticket or two. That routine took an exciting turn when she scratched a ticket and won $100. She then used part of her winnings to buy a Millionaire Mania ticket.

A moment later she returned to the store clerk, who asked, “Did you have another $100 winner?”

“Oh no,” she replied. “I’ve got a BIG winner!”

Indeed she did. Her Millionaire Mania ticket was worth $500,000. She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 200 Newtown Road in Virginia Beach. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

In Millionaire Mania, $500,000 is actually the second prize. The game’s top prize is $2 million. Ms. Booker is the game’s fourth $500,000 winner, which means two half-million-dollar tickets remain unclaimed. One $2 million ticket remains unclaimed.

Ms Booker said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. “I’m just going to let it settle in,” she said.

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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Feb 14, 2014
Virginia Beach man picks five – and wins $100,000 in Cash 5 game

Wayne DeffilyWayne Deffily of Virginia Beach is a very lucky person. He matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the $100,000 top prize.

His big win came in the February 4 Cash 5 night drawing. The winning numbers were 2-5-10-11-21. He selected his numbers using a combination of his wife’s birthday and their anniversary date.

Mr. Deffily bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3620 South Plaza Drive in Virginia Beach.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Feb 14, 2014
Lottery offices closed or delayed on Friday, Feb. 14

Because of weather conditions, the following Virginia Lottery offices will be either closed or opening later than normal on Friday, Feb. 14: 

Opening at 10:30 am:

  • Virginia Lottery Prize Zone in Downtown Richmond
  • Prize Zone West in Henrico County
  • Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge
  • Southwest Virginia Customer Service Center in Abingdon

Opening at 11:00 am:

  • Central Virginia Customer Service Center in Farmville

Closed all day Friday: 

  • Roanoke Valley Customer Service Center in Roanoke

Please be careful and safe!

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Feb 07, 2014
“I thought I was in a dream!” - Williamsburg woman wins $100,000 in Cash 5

Linda Johnson-BarteeYou might excuse Linda Johnson-Bartee for not believing she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She had just gotten out of bed and was sleepy.

“I thought I was in a dream,” she said. “I thought, ‘No, those can’t be the right numbers.’”

But they were! The Williamsburg woman matched all five numbers in the February 3 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. Those winning numbers were 1-16-23-24-25. She selected numbers that she’s used in some previous drawing.

She bought the winning ticket at E & C VA, 1510 Richmond Road in Williamsburg.

Ms. Johnson-Bartee, who works as a mail carrier, had no immediate plans for her 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 $1.3 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.

You might excuse Linda Johnson-Bartee for not believing she’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She had just gotten out of bed and was sleepy.

“I thought I was in a dream,” she said. “I thought, ‘No, those can’t be the right numbers.’”

But they were! The Williamsburg woman matched all five numbers in the February 3 Cash 5 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. Those winning numbers were 1-16-23-24-25. She selected numbers that she’s used in some previous drawing.

She bought the winning ticket at E & C VA, 1510 Richmond Road in Williamsburg.

Ms. Johnson-Bartee, who works as a mail carrier, had no immediate plans for her 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 $1.3 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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Feb 07, 2014
Wawa store in Chester celebrates selling $500,000 Virginia Lottery ticket

There was more than one winner when a Surry County woman walked into the Wawa store at 11701 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester, bought a Virginia Lottery ticket, and walked out a $500,000 winner. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

On February 7, the Lottery presented a ceremonial check to Wawa, as part of an in-store celebration.

“The Virginia Lottery and Wawa are clearly a winning team,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “Since our partnership began in 2011, Wawa customers have bought three $100,000 winning tickets, one $200,000 winner, one $250,000 winner and one $1 million winner, in addition to this $500,000 ticket.”

Virginia Lottery tickets are available at all 68 Wawa stores in the Commonwealth.

The winning “50X the Money” Scratcher ticket was bought by Wendy Querry of Spring Grove. Ms. Querry actually won the second prize in that game. The top prize is $5 million. She is the first $500,000 winner to claim, which means the other three half-million-dollar tickets are still unclaimed. All three $5 million prizes have yet to be claimed.

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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Feb 07, 2014
Newport News man has 10x the excitement in 10x the Money game

Terrence EverettTerrence Everett knew something great had happened when he handed his 10x the Money Scratcher ticket to the store clerk and saw a look in the clerk’s eyes. His ticket was a $100,000 winner!

It happened at the Miller Mart at 948 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. Mr. Everett, a Navy veteran who lives in Newport News, had won $5 on another ticket. He cashed that in to buy the winning ticket.

10x the Money (game #1370) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes from $5 up to that $100,000 top prize. Mr. Everett is the eighth and final player to claim the $100,000 top prize in game #1370. But because this game is so popular, the Virginia Lottery has launched another 10x the Money Scratcher (game #1444) which also has a top prize of $100,000.

Mr. Everett had no immediate plans for his winnings, although he does have three kids in college. “We’ll bless a lot of people,” he said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Feb 07, 2014
Suffolk man wins $100,000 for the second time in eight months

John WashingtonJohn Washington of Suffolk knows what it’s like to match all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. He did it in June of 2013, and now he’s done it again!

His latest win came when he matched all five numbers in the February 1 Cash 5 night drawing. The winning numbers were 15-16-18-22-31. He selected his numbers using a combination of birthdays.

He bought the winning ticket at Duck Thru Food Store, 6273 Holland Road in Suffolk. Mr. Washington said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

His previous $100,000 win came in the June 28, 2013, Cash 5 day drawing.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Feb 07, 2014
Portsmouth man matches them all to win $100,000 in Cash 5

Ramon De LeonRamon De Leon of Portsmouth will probably remember the numbers 8-12-14-15-32 for a long time. Those are the five numbers he matched to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.
 
He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 5000 George Washington Highway in Portsmouth for the January 28 Cash 5 day drawing. He selected his numbers using family birthdays.

Mr. De Leon, who is retired from the U. S. Navy, said he hopes to use his winnings to buy a new car.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Feb 06, 2014
After a change of heart, Alexandria woman wins $1 million playing Powerball

Megan McCormick didn’t used to care much about playing the lottery, until about a year ago. Then the Alexandria woman started playing, and it paid off in a big way! She matched the first five numbers in the February 1 Powerball drawing to win $1 million.

“I had this strange feeling all weekend,” she said. “Each number I picked was special – a birthday, an anniversary and my age. Then I checked the winning numbers and I thought, ‘This is crazy.’”

She bought the winning ticket at Giant Food, 3450 Washington Blvd. in Arlington. On February 6 she returned to the store to receive her prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Click here to see video of the presentation.

The winning numbers were 5-12-15-27-38 and Powerball number was 7. The only number she missed was the Powerball number. If she had matched all six numbers, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $194 million. Her ticket was the only one in Virginia to win Powerball’s second prize in that drawing, and one of just seven nationwide.

Ms. McCormick said she intends to use her winnings to pay off her mortgage and build a college fund for her son.

Powerball is hot in Virginia. In the past 12 months, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 10 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. 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 $1.3 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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Feb 04, 2014
NC man hits the jackpot in Hit the Jackpot game for $200,000

Henry GloverHenry Glover didn’t intend to buy that Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. He only wanted to get some Mega Millions tickets. But when the Mt. Holly, NC, man inserted $10 in a Lottery Express machine and bought five tickets for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing, he realized the self-service machine doesn’t give change. So he spent the remaining $5 on a Hit the Jackpot Scratcher ticket. That ticket won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

It happened at Sheetz, located at 2001 Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg.

Hit the Jackpot is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. Mr. Glover is the second player to claim the top prize in the game, meaning there are five unclaimed $200,000 prizes remaining.

He said he plans to pay bills with his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Feb 04, 2014
Norfolk woman wins $100,000

Lenore NormanLenore Norman doesn’t usually play the Lottery, but her husband is a long-time player. So when he asked her to pick up some Scratchers for him while she was out, she happily obliged.

She bought the tickets at the Kangaroo Express on 1146 North Military Highway in Norfolk before bringing them home to her husband, who had the honor of scratching the winning ticket.

“He couldn’t believe it,” she said about the moment he revealed the $100,000 prize. “I was shocked.”

The couple first shared the good news with their children, who, according to Ms. Norman, were “all smiles.”

Ms. Norman and her husband run a ship repair company out of Norfolk and have no immediate plans for their winnings.

10x the Money (Game #1444) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Norman is the first player to claim the $100,000 top prize in the game, meaning there are seven unclaimed top prizes remaining.

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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Jan 31, 2014
Former Mechanicsville man scores in Redskins Live It Sweepstakes

Second Chance SweepstakesWhen is a losing lottery ticket worth $100,000? When it’s the top prize winner in the Virginia Lottery’s Redskins Live It Sweepstakes!

Just ask Matthew Gibson of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.  On his frequent trips to Virginia, he played the Redskins Live It Scratcher game. If a ticket didn’t win, he entered it in the sweepstakes. One of his tickets won the top prize in the January 29 drawing.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said when contacted by phone. “You never really expect to win.”

Mr. Gibson, who grew up in the Richmond area and attended Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, said he’s a big football fan. He works in the banking industry.

His winning ticket was one of more than 228,000 non-winning tickets entered in the January 29 drawing.  It was the last of five drawings in the Redskins Live It Sweepstakes. The prizes awarded in previous drawings include 2014 Redskins premium club season tickets, VIP Fly-Away experiences for two with the team to away games, pairs of tickets to individual home games at FedExField, and Redskins gift cards.

There’s still one more way to win $100,000 in the Redskins Live It game. The Scratcher game has one top-prize ticket unclaimed.  It’s one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. This exciting game features prizes ranging from $5 all the way to $100,000.

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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Jan 30, 2014
Chesapeake man receives a post-holiday surprise: $100,000

Byron FordhamByron Fordham had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100,000 in his possession for more than seven weeks and didn’t know it.

The Chesapeake man matched all five numbers in the December 4, 2013, Cash 5 night drawing. But with the holidays and everything, he was just too busy to check and see if he’d won, so it was a nice surprise when he finally claimed his $100,000 prize on January 27, 2014.

“I didn’t believe it at first,” he said as he claimed his prize. “Wow, I actually won!”

He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 717 South Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake. The winning numbers for that drawing were 6-8-21-24-26. He selected his own numbers, although he said they have no special significance.

Mr. Fordham said he intends to use his winnings to pay bills and for some home repairs.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 30, 2014
Pulaski woman wins $200,000 in “Winner Take All” game

Ethel SmithEthel Smith of Pulaski is a very lucky person. She won $200,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Winner Take All Scratcher game.

The winning ticket was one of two she bought at Fast Shop, 128 South Washington Avenue in Pulaski.

Winner Take All is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $200,000. Ms. Smith is the third player to claim the top prize in Winner Take All. That means two $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 29, 2014
Hampton Roads office closed Wednesday; Richmond office 2-hour delay

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Virginia Lottery's Hampton Roads Customer Service Center on Mercury Blvd. in Hampton will be closed on Wednesday because of weather conditions.

Virginia Lottery offices in Richmond, Farmville and Abingdon will open at 10:30.

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Jan 28, 2014
Lightning strikes again for Hillsville man

Elvin JenningsElvin Jennings knows a thing or two about winning big in the Virginia Lottery. Back in 1996 the Hillsville man won $25,000. Now he’s won $100,000. He matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the top prize.

“I don’t feel any different,” he said as he claimed his prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Abingdon customer service center. “I’m tickled to death.”

He bought the winning ticket for the January 18 Cash 5 day drawing at Hillsville Family Mart, 205 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 4-6-12-24-26. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays.

Mr. Jennings, who recently retired, said the winnings will come in handy for retirement.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 28, 2014
Richmond man has the hot hand to win $100,000

Henry LambertHenry Lambert of Richmond won $100,000 playing Poker – not the card game; the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game!

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4601 West Broad Street in Richmond.

“I knew I’d won something, but I didn’t know it was that much!” he said as he claimed his prize.

The retiree said it feels great to win.

Poker is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to that $100,000 top prize. Mr. Lambert is the third player to claim the $100,000 prize in this game, which means three top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 28, 2014
Highland Springs woman wins $100,000

Janet JonesJanet Jones didn’t make a special trip to play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“I was just in the neighborhood,” she said

But she ended up winning a special prize. The Highland Springs woman matched all five numbers to win the $100,000 top prize.

She bought the winning ticket at Handi Stop, 17 Hanover Road in Sandston, for the January 16 day drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 2-5-12-14-28.

Ms. Jones, who describes herself as a “sometimes player,” used Easy Pick and let the computer randomly select the numbers on her ticket. She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 16, 2014
Leesburg man cruises to $100,000 win

Gurdev KangGurdev Kang of Leesburg had no trouble recognizing that he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. When the numbers 1-10-11-21-31 were drawn in the January 12 night drawing, he exclaimed, “Those are the numbers I play!”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 503 South King Street in Leesburg.

Mr. Kang, who drives a taxi in Northern Virginia, had just two words when he was asked how it feels to win.

“It’s great!” 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 $1.3 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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Jan 16, 2014
Surry County woman wins $500,000 with a ticket bought in Chester

50X the Money winnerIf you’d seen Wendy Querry when she discovered she’d won $500,000 in the Virginia Lottery, you probably wouldn’t have known it. Her immediate reaction was… silence.

“I didn’t tell anyone,” the Spring Grove woman said as she claimed her prize. “I haven’t shared it with anyone but my husband.”

It happened when she stopped for gas at Wawa, 11701 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester. She bought a 50X the Money ticket and scratched it right there in the store.

50X the Money is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Querry actually won the second prize. The top prize is $5 million. She is the first $500,000 winner to claim, which means the other three half-million-dollar tickets are still unclaimed. All three $5 million prizes have yet to be claimed.

Ms. Querry, who is an accounting technician, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 16, 2014
Alexandria man matches them all in Cash 5 to win $100,000

Benjamin BilsonBenjamin Bilson is starting out the year with a cool $100,000. The Alexandria man matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the top prize.

The winning ticket was bought at Broad Exxon, 400 West Broad Street in Falls Church, for the January 10 night drawing. The winning numbers were 5-12-13-21-31.

Mr. Bilson said his uncle actually bought the ticket for him. Later, it was his uncle who gave him the good news that it was a big winner. When Mr. Bilson went to retrieve the ticket, he and his family members had a great night of laughing and dancing.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 16, 2014
Falls Church woman celebrates a $25,000 win in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Dunia CardenasWhen Dunia Cardenas of Falls Church discovered she won $25,000 in the Virginia Lottery, she couldn’t believe her luck. She was one of six second-prize winners in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

Ms. Cardenas bought her ticket, #116188, at the Hess located at 4808 King Street in Alexandria.

All the winning tickets were drawn on New Year’s Day. The other five $25,000 winning tickets were bought in Lexington, Norfolk, Richmond, Rockingham and Skippers. Three tickets each won $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Clearbrook, South Boston and Woodbridge. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 16, 2014
Landscaper rakes in $100,000 in Sapphire Riches game

Juan Recinos-MartinezJuan Recinos-Martinez received quite a surprise when he confirmed his Virginia Lottery ticket had won $100,000. He snagged the top prize in Sapphire Riches.

“When I walked in this morning, I wasn’t sure how much I had won,” Mr. Recinos-Martinez told Lottery officials. His excitement skyrocketed upon discovering the large prize he would be taking home.

He purchased his ticket at Giant Food, located at 3480 South Jefferson Street in Baileys Crossroads.

The Alexandria man, who works as a landscaper, said he plans to use his money to take care of his house and mother.

Sapphire Riches (game #1416) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Mr. Recinos-Martinez is the fourth player to claim the $100,000 top prize in the game. Two top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.
 
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 13, 2014
Lexington woman collects $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Mattie RuleyMattie Ruley kicked off the New Year by winning $25,000 with a single Virginia Lottery ticket. She was one of six second-prize winners in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

She bought the winning ticket, #58002, at the Midland Trail Pit Stop located at 62 E. Midland Trail in Lexington.

Ms. Ruley told Lottery officials she hopes to take her grandchildren on a mini vacation with her winnings.

All the winning tickets were drawn on New Year’s Day. The other five $25,000 winning tickets were bought in Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers. Three tickets each won $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Clearbrook, South Boston and Woodbridge. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 13, 2014
Fredericksburg man wins $1 million prize in $52 Million Cash Spectacular game

Herbert KaskoffIt’s not that Herbert Kaskoff wasn’t excited. The Fredericksburg man had just scratched a Virginia Lottery ticket and discovered he’d won the $1 million top prize. But he didn’t want to attract any attention, so he quietly walked out of the store with the winning ticket in hand.

It happened at the Giant Food Store at 35 Town and Country Road in Fredericksburg. His ticket was the first of six $1 million winners in the $52 Million Cash Spectacular game.

“I just had a feeling about a certain group of tickets,” he said.

The retired civil servant had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

When he claimed his prize at the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center in Woodbridge, he still didn’t want to make a scene.

“I feel like jumping up and down, but I’m holding myself back,” he laughed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 13, 2014
Richmond man stops for a drink, ends up winning $100,000

Richard TralaRichard Trala stopped at the Wawa near his children’s school to purchase some of their favorite iced tea and lemonade. He used his remaining cash to purchase a Virginia Lottery Cash 5 ticket.

It wasn’t until the next morning, while reading the newspaper, that Mr. Trala learned that his ticket matched all 5 numbers in the January 8 Cash 5 night drawing, making him the game’s first top prize winner in 2014. The winning numbers were 1-7-18-26-27. He picked them using his children’s birthdays.

“I looked at it and thought, ‘no, that can’t be,’” said Mr. Trala about the moment he realized he matched all the numbers.

Mr. Trala, who works from home selling collectible sports cards on eBay, said that with one daughter leaving for college and another about to earn her driver’s permit, the money couldn’t have come at a better time.

He bought the winning ticket at Wawa at 8851 Staples Mill Road in Richmond.
 
Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 13, 2014
“Wait! Those numbers look familiar!” North Carolina man wins $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Aubrey PowellAubrey Powell has had a lot of luck playing the Virginia Lottery. The Scotland Neck, North Carolina, man has won $25,000 on more than one occasion in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. On January 1, he did it again, when he won $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“I just bought one ticket,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I never even thought about it.”

After the drawing, he went to the Virginia Lottery’s website, “just to see who the millionaires are.” That’s when he received a big surprise.

“I said, ‘Wait! Those numbers look familiar!’”

Indeed they were. Ticket #239719, which he bought at Stateline, 9925 Skippers Road in Skippers, VA, was one of $25,000 winners selected in the New Year’s Day drawing.

The other five $25,000 winning tickets were bought in Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Norfolk, and Richmond. Three tickets each won $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Clearbrook, South Boston and Woodbridge. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

Mr. Powell, a retired postal manager, said he hopes to use his winnings to pay bills and do some work on the house.

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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Jan 13, 2014
Norfolk retiree begins 2014 with $25,000 Raffle win

Maynard KirbyIf you ask Maynard Kirby, there’s nothing remarkable about how he happened to win $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“I just went up there and bought a ticket,” said the Norfolk man.

“Up there” is Farm Fresh, located at 230 East Little Creek Road in Norfolk.

Mr. Kirby actually bought three tickets. One of them, ticket #175571, was among six $25,000 winners selected in the New Year’s Day drawing.

The other five $25,000 winning tickets were bought in Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Richmond and Skippers. Three tickets each won $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Clearbrook, South Boston and Woodbridge. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

Mr. Kirby, a 26-year Navy veteran who is now retired, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 07, 2014
West Virginia woman wins $1 million with ticket bought in Winchester

Amy Lloyd started playing Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle a few years ago when she heard that someone who works in her building had won $1 million. She never dreamed she’d win that same prize. But on New Year’s Day, she did!

She discovered she had one of the three million-dollar winners when she looked on the Virginia Lottery’s website, www.valottery.com.

“I just started screaming,” she recalled.

The Martinsburg, West Virginia, woman bought her winning ticket at State Line Exxon, 4663 Martinsburg Pike in Clearbrook, Virginia. On January 7, she returned to the store to receive her check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Click here to see video of the presentation.

Ms. Lloyd works in the health care industry in Winchester. She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Her winning ticket is #182316. The other two top-prize winners were bought in South Boston and Woodbridge. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 07, 2014
Rockingham County woman wins $25,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Brenda CusterBrenda Custer began 2014 by winning $25,000 in the Virginia Lottery. The Hinton woman was one of six second-prize winners in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

She bought the winning ticket, #63543, at the 7-Eleven at 1010 West Market Street in Harrisonburg.

All the winning tickets were drawn on New Year’s Day. The other five $25,000 winning tickets were bought in Alexandria, Lexington, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers. Three tickets each won $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Clearbrook, South Boston and Woodbridge. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 06, 2014
Virginia Lottery announces "call for nominations" for 7th annual Super Teacher Awards

Virginia Lottery Super TeacherToday, the Virginia Lottery along with its partners at the Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies opened nominations for the 7th annual Super Teacher Awards. This program celebrates the heroes of education by recognizing their dedication and commitment to students by consistently going the extra mile to inspire.

“The Virginia Lottery has a long-standing commitment to education in the Commonwealth with more than $6 billion generated for education since 1999,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “To complement these efforts, the Virginia Lottery has partnered with Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies and the Virginia PTA to put a spotlight on talented educators responsible for shaping Virginia’s leaders of tomorrow.”

Since 2008, the Super Teacher program has honored 48 of Virginia’s finest teachers.  This year, eight more Super Teachers will receive a $2,000 cash prize from the Virginia Lottery and a $2,000 classroom supply credit from The Supply Room Companies. In addition to the wonderful classroom supplies and cash prizes, this year one lucky Virginia Lottery Super Teacher will also win a vacation valued at $5,000.

The 2014 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
* Brenda Sheridan, president of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association
* John Bennett, 2013 Super Teacher from Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond

Anyone 18 or older can nominate a K-12 Virginia public school teacher at http://vasuperteacher.com/. Nominations must be received by February 14, 2014.  Winners will be announced in spring 2014 in each winning teacher’s hometown through a surprise presentation.

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

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

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

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

Click here to view video of the presentation.

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 03, 2014
Chesapeake man wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery

Lottery winner Brian McKigneyBrian McKigney is starting out the year with a big win in the Virginia Lottery. The Chesapeake man won the $1 million prize in the Lottery’s Right on the Money Scratcher game.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $645,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

Right on the Money features prizes ranging from $20 up to $2.5 million. Mr. McKigney is the eighth player to claim the second prize in Right on the Money, which means two $1 million tickets remain unclaimed. Three $2.5 million tickets also remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 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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Jan 01, 2014
Winning numbers drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Three tickets = Three Virginia millionaires.  That’s the equation for Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  The numbers have been drawn, so the question now is: Who are the three $1 million winners?

The $1 million winners are:
#19966 (ticket bought at Apple Market, 3225 Halifax Road, South Boston)
#92069 (ticket bought at 7-Eleven, 13304 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge)
#182316 (ticket bought at State Line Exxon, 4663 Martinsburg Pike, Clearbrook)

Six additional tickets each won $25,000. Those winning tickets are:
#58002 (ticket bought at Midland Trail Pit Stop, 62 East Midland Trail, Lexington)
#63543 (ticket bought at 7-Eleven, 1010 West Market Street, Harrisonburg)
#116188 (ticket bought at Hess, 4808 King Street, Alexandria)
#175571 (ticket bought at Farm Fresh, 230 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk)
#211944 (ticket bought at Willis Road Chubby’s, 2333 Willis Road, Richmond)
#239719 (ticket bought at Stateline, 9925 Skippers Road, Skippers)

Note: if the number on a raffle ticket begins with one or more zeros, that’s okay! All the winning numbers on this list that are less than six digits long can be considered as having zero(s) at the beginning of the number.

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 $1.3 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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