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Jan 15, 2013
Three friends split $50,000 won in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle
3 FriendsEvery year,Weldon Garber of Harrisonburg joins two friends from Pennsylvania - Donna Sliver and Rick Snell - to buy three tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle from the Virginia Lottery. Each of them kicks in $20 for the January 1 drawing.

This year,one of their tickets won $50,000.

Mr. Garber bought the winning ticket,#364094,at Dayton Mini Market,237 Main Street in Dayton. 

He discovered he had a winning ticket a few mornings later when he took a break from fishing. He went to a nearby store. The store clerk confirmed that his ticket was worth $50,000.

“Now don’t be lying to me,” he later recalled saying to the clerk.

It was no lie. The ticket was one of four $50,000 winners in the drawing. 

How did he celebrate the win? He went back fishing.