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Sep 21, 2017
Virginia Beach man wins $10 million prize in Virginia Lottery game

Ernie PetitWhen Ernie Petit of Virginia Beach discovered he’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s 100x the Money Scratcher game, it wasn’t exactly a secret.

“I went crazy in the store,” he laughed. “The clerk in the store took my picture.”

It happened at Market Place, 13377 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The computer analyst said he stopped there while on his way to pick up some dinner.

On September 21, he returned to the store to receive his check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. He had a choice of taking the full $10 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $5,617,977 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

The store receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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

100x the Money features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize. The $10 million prize is the largest ever offered by a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. This is the second top prize claimed in the game, which means one more $10 million ticket remains unclaimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
They mailed in a ticket they thought won $400 – turns out it was worth $200,000

Cathy (Robin) and Kenny BeeversIf you had a Powerball ticket worth $200,000, would you just drop it in the mail to a Lottery office several states away?

Kenny and Cathy Robin Beevers probably wouldn’t have done so had they realized their ticket was worth a lot more than the $400 they thought.

Here’s what happened: Four tickets bought in Virginia won $200,000 in the huge August 23 Powerball drawing. Within days of the drawing, three of those winners had claimed their prizes, but the fourth ticket remained unclaimed. Then, three weeks after the drawing, that $200,000 ticket unceremoniously showed up in the mailroom at the Virginia Lottery’s Richmond headquarters.

Lottery employees, suspecting that the person who sent it might not be aware of the ticket’s true value, called Ms. Beevers with the stunning news. The Beevers drove to Virginia to personally accept their $200,000 prize, rather than entrust it to the mail.

Kenny, a truck driver from Boyle, Mississippi, bought the ticket at Frank’s Trucking Center, 4741 West Military Highway in Chesapeake, Virginia, while driving his regular route. The ticket ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which would normally win $50,000. However, he spent an extra $1 for Power Play. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, his prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Kenny hoped to give what he thought was a $400 Powerball ticket to his daughter as a wedding present, but his wife had already mailed it. Now the couple plans to use the winnings to pay bills and make repairs on one of his trucks.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.   

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
Mega Millions is changing 10/28: Faster-rising jackpots, new odds, a new way to wager

Mega Millions VirginiaOne of the most popular games in America is changing. Mega Millions is being updated with larger starting jackpots, new overall odds, larger secondary prizes, a new price, and an innovative “Just the Jackpot” wager.

Virginia Lottery players, along with players across the nation, will see the updated game beginning October 28.

Here’s a quick summary of the changes:

  • Price point: The price of a ticket increases to $2, the same as Powerball. This will create larger jackpots that are expected to grow at a faster rate. This is the first time the price has changed since Mega Millions began in 2002.
  • Starting jackpot: The minimum jackpot increases from $15 million to $40 million.
  • “Just the Jackpot” wager: Some players don’t care about “smaller” prizes – they’re playing for that jackpot! This unique new way to play will give players a chance to play for the jackpot only, at a cost of $3 for two plays.
  • Odds: The odds of hitting the jackpot get longer, to 1 in 302 million. However, the odds of winning the $1 million second prize actually get shorter, to 1 in 12.6 million. The overall odds of winning any prize change to 1 in 24.
  • Numbers: Players will still use the tried-and-true formula of matching five balls plus the Mega Ball number. The first five numbers will be from 1 through 70 (a change from 1 through 75). The Mega Ball number will from 1 through 25 (a change from 1 through 15).

Virginia Lottery players are pretty lucky playing Mega Millions. A total of nine jackpots have been won in Virginia, for a combined $873 million. In addition, two players have each won $5 million, another two won $3 million apiece, and 25 have won $1 million.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
Buena Vista woman wins $100,000 while stopped for gas

Cindy HarrisonCindy Harrison wasn’t expecting much when she stopped for gas at Hilltop BP in her hometown of Buena Vista. When she spotted the Virginia Lottery tickets on display in the store, she decided to take a chance.

“Oh, give me a ticket,” she said.

When she took the Win It All Doubler ticket home and  scratched it, she discovered she’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

Win It All Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. She is the third person to claim the top prize in this game, which means two $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.00

Ms. Harrison said she is an occasional lottery player. Her luck appears to be holding. As she was claiming her $100,000 prize at the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center in Roanoke, she bought another Scratcher ticket and won $15.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 15, 2017
“They’re my lucky numbers!” – NC man wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery

Todd & Nina Rhodes“I’ve won the lottery twice. The first was when I met my beautiful wife.”

For Todd Rhodes of Roxboro, North Carolina, the second time was when he matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

It happened with a ticket he bought at Route 58 Raceway, 2203 South Boston Road in Danville, for the September 9 night drawing.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 8-12-17-19-24. He selected his numbers using a combination of family birthdays. “They’re my lucky numbers!” he said.

As he and his wife Nina claimed their $100,000 prize at the Virginia Lottery’s Roanoke Valley Customer Service Center in Roanoke, she said, “You know you’re living right when this happens.”

The couple said they plan to pay bills and live debt-free with their winnings. He works as a regional director and she is a nurse.

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

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Sep 14, 2017
“I thought I’d give this eXTRA Chances thing a try.” - Fairfax woman wins $100,000

Susan HerringSusan Herring’s ticket wasn’t a winner. However, instead of throwing it away, the Fairfax woman entered it in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion.

“I thought I’d give this eXTRA Chances thing a try,” she later said.

That turned out to be a $100,000 decision. Her ticket was drawn from more than 685,000 entries in the August 31 drawing to win the top prize.

In the eXTRA Chances Promotion, players can enter non-winning Virginia Lottery tickets containing the eXTRA Chances logo for a chance to win prizes, even if the ticket didn’t win when the player scratched it.

When informed by the Virginia Lottery that she’d won the top prize, she thought it was a prank call.

“I didn’t really think it was real,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s happening!”

Ms. Herring isn’t the only winner. Players have a chance to win each day with up to 50 daily instant-win cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes.

The next grand prize drawing will be held October 3 with a $100,000 grand prize. The deadline to enter is September 30.

Ms. Herring said her grandchildren will have a great holiday season because of this win.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
Ashland man on a winning streak wins $500,000

Gregory DeanGregory Dean was having a good day. The Ashland man had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $100 to redeem. So he took $10 from his winnings to buy a ticket from the Super Ticket Big Money game. That ticket ended up winning $500,000.

“I was at the right place at the right time,” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at Brook Road Exxon, 8627 Brook Road in Glen Allen. After he scratched it, he said he showed it to the store manager to confirm it was a winner.

“He jumped up and down, and so I jumped up and down with him!” he said.

Super Ticket Big Money is notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket currently offered by the Virginia Lottery – and the four different games it contains. It offers prizes ranging from $10 to $500,000. That’s not all: Non-winning tickets can be entered into the eXTRA Chances Promotion for a chance to win a $100 cash card instantly and another chance at $100,000 in the monthly drawing.

Mr. Dean, who works in sales, said he intends to pay bills and take care of his family with his winnings.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,101,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.32. Mr. Dean is the third player to claim the top prize, which means one top prize ticket remains unclaimed in the game. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
Augusta County woman goes grocery shopping and ends up with $500,000 winning lottery ticket

Jan PitsenbargerJanette Pitsenbarger’s grocery list always includes a certain item. At the end of her weekly shopping trip, the Churchville woman buys a lottery ticket.

“I just play for the fun of it,” she said.

But that routine took an unexpected turn when she scratched a $3,000,000 Jackpot ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the game’s $500,000 prize.

“I couldn’t believe it!” she said as she claimed her prize. “I showed the ticket to my husband, and he said, ‘Oh, this is a joke.’”

It was no joke. She bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 24411 West Beverly in Staunton.

The $3,000,000 Jackpot game features prizes ranging from $20 up to $3 million. The $500,000 prize that Ms. Pitsenbarger won is actually the second prize. She’s the fourth player to claim that $500,000 prize, which means two more $500,000 tickets remain unclaimed. In addition, two of the $3 million top prize tickets have been redeemed, which means two more have yet to be claimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 2.72.

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

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Sep 12, 2017
Eastern Shore man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

John LangeIt was the middle of the night, and John Lange couldn’t sleep. So the Craddockville man decided to get up and check the winning numbers in the recent Virginia Lottery Cash 5 drawing. What he saw took his breath away.

“The numbers were right there, looking back at me,” he said.

His ticket matched all five winning numbers for the August 7 night drawing: 2-9-15-28-30.

“I woke up my wife and said, ‘I think we just won $100,000,” he said. “We never did get back to sleep that night!”

He bought his winning ticket at Tru Blu Exmore, located at 4015 Main Street in Exmore. He selected the numbers on his ticket using favorite numbers that he’s been playing for years.

Mr. Lange, who is retired, said he intends to use his winnings for some home improvement and put the rest in the bank.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 12, 2017
IGT to Offer the Virginia Lottery New Mobile Products and Digital Services

LONDON, U.K. – Sept. 12, 2017 – International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter “IGT”), has agreed to a contract amendment with the Virginia Lottery for the provision of new mobile products and digital services. IGT’s Player Direct Core solution will include a mobile application, PlaySpot™ solution, player loyalty, mobile draw-based iKeno, mobile based eInstants, and customer service support.

This new digital platform includes a player-friendly mobile app which allows Virginia Lottery players to play exciting new digital games at Lottery-licensed retail locations. The Virginia Lottery intends to scale the solution within current retail trade styles, as well as expand into new and non-traditional retail environments where lottery products are not currently available. The Lottery retail and sales team will partner with IGT to identify growth and innovative expansion opportunities.

The Virginia Lottery’s business strategy continues to focus on digital efforts both directly to the consumer on valottery.com and with our valuable retail partners,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “We recently worked with IGT to roll out all new equipment at our 5,300 retailers. Adding these new mobile and digital capabilities will help us to continue to drive sales and profits for K-12 public education while promoting responsible play.”

IGT is pleased to participate in the Virginia Lottery’s growth since 2000, and assist them in expanding retail growth opportunities with this new innovative product to bring digital games to retail,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North America Lottery.

Players will be able to register, create a mobile wallet, earn rewards, and receive push notifications. The Lottery will expand its impressive registered player base through PlaySpot and its full range of digital games to be sold while Bluetooth is connected to the Lottery retail network.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

About the Virginia Lottery

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The agency generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017.

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Sep 08, 2017
Dumfries woman drives off in new Corvette® with $100,000 cash

Sylvia Mobley's CorvetteIt’s no secret why Sylvia Mobley played the Virginia Lottery’s Corvette® and Ca$h Scratcher game. She loves the car!

“I see a Corvette drive by, and I wave,” the Dumfries woman said. “I wish that was mine.”

Soon, people will be waving at her for that very reason! Ms. Mobley won the top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash. She bought the winning ticket at Shoppers, 4174 Fortuna Center Plaza in Dumfries.

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. She is the second person to scratch and win the car and $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning ticket is unclaimed.

“It feels fabulous!” she said as she claimed her prize. “I’m still in shock right now!”

When asked what color Corvette® she wants, she immediately responded, “Burgundy, for the Redskins!”

On September 8, she received the keys to her new car from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.

She’s not the only winner. Non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers can be entered in the Ultimate Corvette® Experience. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 07, 2017
Richmond couple splits $1 million Mega Millions prize

Dana Nystrand was a bit annoyed when Matt Hazzard texted asking her to pick up a lottery ticket and a pizza. She went ahead and bought five Mega Millions tickets for the July 21 drawing.

It turns out that one of those tickets won Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

She discovered she had a winning ticket the next morning, when she checked the winning numbers: 18-31-36-50-74, and the Mega Ball number 10. Her ticket matched the first five of those numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

She texted him, saying “I need to talk to you. I think we won a million dollars!”

He replied, “Why are you texting? We’re in the same house.”

On September 7, the Richmond couple returned to the store where the ticket was bought, Corner Mart at 4027 West Broad Street in Richmond, to receive their checks from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket.  This was one of just five tickets nationwide to match the first five numbers in that drawing and the only one in Virginia.

Mr. Hazzard, who is an attorney, said he intends to pay off his student loans. Ms. Nystrand, a marketing professional, said they may also take a vacation.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 06, 2017
Mega Millions ticket bought in Sterling wins $3 million

Mega Millions VirginiaSomewhere there is a ticket from last night’s Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $3 million.  It was bought at Giant Food, 21000 South Bank Street, Sterling.

The ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. Normally that would win Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. However, whoever bought it spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier. The Megaplier number in last night’s drawing was 3x, which means this ticket is now worth three times what it would have been without the Megaplier.

The winning numbers for the September 5 drawing were 11-17-59-70-72 and the Mega Ball number was 1.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in last night’s drawing, and one of just two nationwide.

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 703-494-1501 or 804-492-7778.

No ticket matched all six numbers in last night’s drawing to win the estimated $61 million jackpot. That means the jackpot increases to an estimated $70 million for Friday’s drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers without the Mega Ball 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 $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 01, 2017
“Honey, you just won $300,000!” - Hayes man wins the top prize

Richard HoggeRichard Hogge thought he had just scratched a big winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery, but he wasn’t sure.

“I thought I was seeing it wrong,” he said later.

So the Hayes man showed his ticket to the clerk who had just sold it to him. The clerk took one look and said, “Honey, you just won $300,000!”

Mr. Hogge had just won the top prize in the $16,000,000 Cash Payout game. The game features prizes ranging from $5 to $300,000. As the name suggests, the game features more than $16 million in total prizes.

He bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3046 George Washington Highway in Hayes, where he’d stopped on his way home for a cup of coffee.

Mr. Hogge is the first player to claim the game’s $300,000 prize, which means three more remain unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 4.32.

The handyman said he has no immediate plans for the winnings, except to take care of his family.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Sep 01, 2017
Small business owner from Bassett wins $100,000

Jonathan Vernon“I wasn’t jumping up and down and screaming, but inside I felt like it!”

That’s how Jonathan Vernon of Bassett described the moment he realized he’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win $100,000.

“As soon as I saw it, I knew it was my numbers,” he said

Mr. Vernon won with a ticket he bought at Dahal Family LLC, 18100 Virgil H. Goode Highway in Rocky Mount, for the August 25 night drawing. The winning numbers were 1-2-4-25-28. He selected numbers that he’s been playing for some time.

The small business owner said he intends to use the winnings to pay bills and help his window tinting 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 $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 31, 2017
Radford man wins $200,000 in Powerball drawing

David HubbardWhen David Hubbard checked the winning numbers from the huge August 23 Powerball drawing, he wasn’t very optimistic.

“Well, I probably didn’t win, but I’ll check it anyway,” the Radford man later recalled thinking.

He should have been a little more positive. Turns out, his ticket won $200,000!

“I can’t believe this happened to me!” was his reaction. “It can’t be real!”

The ticket he bought at Braden’s Market, 1800 East Main Street in Radford, matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, he spent an extra $1 for Power Play when he bought the ticket. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, his prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Mr. Hubbard, who works as a delivery driver, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, although he may do some traveling.

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

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.   

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 31, 2017
“I never checked the numbers.” Alexandria man wins $1 million in Powerball

Arthur MartinFor more than a week, Arthur Martin had a million dollars without knowing it. The Alexandria building engineer had a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers, making it worth $1 million.

“I never expected it to be a winner,” he said. “I never checked the numbers.”

Mr. Martin had bought four Powerball tickets because of all the hype around the large jackpot, which reached $700 million prior to the August 23 drawing. He said he doesn’t play often, but when he does, he buys a few different games and usually waits a week or two before scanning the tickets at his local store to see if he’s won, never checking the numbers to see how much if so.

“It was surreal. I thought I was just donating to the Virginia Lottery education fund,” he said. “Took four days to get over the initial shock.”

He bought the ticket at Parkway Express, 8105 Loisdale Road in Lorton, for the August 23 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing.

Mr. Martin said he plans on paying off debts with his winnings as well as enjoying a nice holiday season with his family.

Meanwhile, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Aug 31, 2017
“I think the first thing I did was scream!” - Rockbridge County woman wins $200,000

Angela ClarkWhen Angela Clark checked the winning numbers in the August 25 Powerball drawing, she quickly realized that one of her tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number.  

Normally that would win $50,000. However, when she bought the ticket, the Goshen woman spent an extra dollar for Power Play. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, her prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

“I think the first thing I did was scream,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.”

She bought her ticket at Kroger, 109 Lew Dewitt Boulevard in Waynesboro. She selected the number on her ticket using family birthdays. The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Her ticket was one of four in Virginia to win $200,000 in the August 23 drawing.

Ms. Clark, who works in Staunton, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.   

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 31, 2017
Winchester woman scratches to win $250,000 in “Extra Play” game

Some people win the lottery quietly. Not Kathy HottKathy Hott.

When the Winchester woman won $250,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Extra Play game, there was no doubt.

“Everyone in the store was saying, ‘Congratulations,’” she said. “I was shaking. My heart dropped.”

She bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 1503 North Frederick Pike in Winchester.

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

“I was just shocked,” she said.

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

Ms. Hott said she plans to pay bills and possibly take a vacation with her winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 30, 2017
Harrisonburg man wins $1 million playing Mega Millions

James DealJames Deal is not a regular Mega Millions player. However, when he saw that the jackpot had grown to an estimated $303 million for the August 1 drawing, the Harrisonburg man decided it was time to get in the game.

He came very close to hitting the jackpot. His ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That’s good enough to win Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

“I kept double-checking and triple-checking the ticket to make sure I wasn’t seeing things,” he said. “I just got lucky, I guess.”

He bought the winning ticket at Martin’s, 2035 East Market Street in Harrisonburg. On August 30 he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 20-22-52-57-73, and the Mega Ball number was 7. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket.  His ticket was one of just four nationwide to match the first five numbers in that drawing and the only one in Virginia.

Mr. Deal said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to invest for retirement and take care of his family.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 30, 2017
Dumfries woman wins a new Corvette® and $100,000 cash

Sylvia MobleyIt’s no secret why Sylvia Mobley played the Virginia Lottery’s Corvette® and Ca$h Scratcher game. She loves the car!

“I see a Corvette drive by, and I wave,” the Dumfries woman said. “I wish that was mine.”

Soon, people will be waving at her for that very reason! Ms. Mobley won the top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash. She bought the winning ticket at Shoppers, 4174 Fortuna Center Plaza in Dumfries.

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. She is the second person to scratch and win the car and $100,000, which means one more top prize-winning ticket is unclaimed.

“It feels fabulous!” she said as she claimed her prize. “I’m still in shock right now!”

She received the $100,000 portion of the prize when she redeemed her winning ticket. She had several options available for the vehicle. She should receive the keys to her new set of wheels in a few weeks.

When asked what color Corvette® she wants, she immediately responded, “Burgundy, for the Redskins!”

She’s not the only winner. Non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers can be entered in the Ultimate Corvette® Experience. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 29, 2017
Financial professional from Charlottesville wins $100,000

Hugh Jacobs IVHugh Jacobs’ grandfather loved to play lottery games. In fact, his grandfather is the reason Mr. Jacobs likes to play. So when the Charlottesville man won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions game, it was sort of a tribute to his grandfather.

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

He bought the ticket at Rio Road Exxon, 1061 East Rio Road in Charlottesville.

“it was kind of on a whim,” he said.

Mr. Jacobs, who works as a financial professional, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions Scratcher (Game #1585) features prizes ranging from $20 to $3.5 million. Mr. Jacobs is the first player to claim the game’s $100,000 prize, which means four more remain unclaimed. In addition, one top prize of $3.5 million has been claimed so far, meaning two more remain unclaimed.

The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.85.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 29, 2017
Blackstone woman wins $200,000 playing “Jewel 7s”

Cynthia IrbyWhen Cynthia Irby returned to work from her lunch break, she was crying. Her boss was concerned and asked what was wrong.

The answer? Nothing was wrong! She had just discovered she’d won $200,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Jewel 7s Scratcher game.

Her boss put the winning ticket in the safe until Ms. Irby went home for the day.

The Blackstone woman bought it at Market Place, 3825 South Crater Road in Petersburg.

“It feels like… wow!” she said, when asked how it feels to win the top prize.

This isn’t the biggest prize Ms. Irby has won recently. Less than a year ago, she was reunited with the son she’d had to give up at birth 26 years ago.

Jewel 7s (game #1676) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Black Opal, White Pearl, Aqua Marine or Green Jade. Prizes range from $5 to $200,000. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27.

She is the fifth person to claim the top prize in game #1676, which means five $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 25, 2017
Midlothian woman uses Power Play to win $200,000 playing Powerball

Amanda EvansAmanda Evans only plays Powerball when the jackpot gets big. So, when the jackpot grew to an estimated $700 million for the August 23 drawing, the Midlothian woman decided it was time to get in the game.

She went to Wawa at 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian to buy a ticket, selecting her numbers using family birthdays. When she discovered she had a dollar left over, she decided to use it for Power Play. That turned out to be a valuable decision.

She ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, her prize was quadrupled to $200,000 because she had spent that extra buck.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. When she checked the winning numbers the next day, she didn’t immediately realize she’d won.

“I thought a couple of my numbers had come up,” she said. “Then I did a double-take, and a triple-take.”

Ms. Evans, who works as a bartender, said she and her significant other, Danny Mullaney, have no immediate plans for the winnings.

“It’s surreal,” she said. “I’m taking pictures to prove it!”

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.   

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 25, 2017
Grundy woman scratches to win $150,000 from the Virginia Lottery

Donna UnderwoodIt would be understandable if Donna Underwood's new favorite game is $500 Mayhem from the Virginia Lottery. That’s the game with which the Grundy woman scratched to win $150,000.

It happened with a ticket she bought at TK’s Korner Market, 1034 West Main Street in Abingdon.

The $500 Mayhem Scratcher (game #1749) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. Ms. Underwood is the third player to win the top prize in game #1749, which means one $150,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The odds of winning any prize in $500 Mayhem are 1 in 4.13.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 25, 2017
Spotsylvania man wins $160,000 with 32 winning tickets in the same Pick 4 drawing

Why did Wayne RolesWayne Roles buy 32 tickets for one Pick 4 drawing, all with the same four-digit number combination? His answer is simple.

“When I win I want to win big,” he said.

He did just that on August 11. When 1-5-2-2 was drawn in the Virginia Lottery’s night drawing. That made all 32 tickets winners. Since the top prize in Pick 4 is $5,000, his total winnings came to $160,000.

Mr. Roles, who is a small business owner in Spotsylvania, bought his tickets at two different locations:

  • Courthouse Gulf, 10833 Courthouse Road in Fredericksburg
  • Fas Mart, 8520 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg

He discovered he won when he got up in the middle of the night for a glass of water. He said he didn’t get back to sleep that night.

He said he plans to use his winnings to support his business.

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

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Aug 25, 2017
Gloucester County woman matches them all in Cash 5 game

Theresa JenkinsWhen Theresa Jenkins of Hayes looked at the winning numbers in the August 12 Virginia Lottery Cash 5 night drawing, she saw something she’d never seen before.

“I went running to the other room to grab my glasses!” she recalled.

With the help of her glasses, she was able to confirm that she’d matched all five numbers to win the $100,000 top prize.

“It took me an hour to get myself together to get in the car,” she said.

The winning numbers were 7-12-23-25-31. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

Ms. Jenkins bought the ticket at Little Sue, 9502 George Washington Memorial Highway in Gloucester.

She said she has no plans for her winnings except to take care of her family.

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

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Aug 25, 2017
“It doesn’t feel real!” - Bedford County woman wins $1 million prize

Lisa ByersWhen Lisa Byers scratched her ticket and saw that it was a $1 million winner, she just knew it was a joke.

“This isn’t real,” she said. “This is one of those fake tickets.”

She was wrong.

The $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions ticket she bought at H & H Market on Lee Jackson Highway in Big Island really was a winner.

“It doesn’t feel real,” she said as she and her husband Ronnie claimed her prize. “It’s just hard to process. I’m still in shock!”

She had the choice of taking the full $1 million in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

The $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions Scratcher (Game #1585) features prizes ranging from $20 to $3.5 million. Ms. Byers is the first player to claim the game’s second prize of $1 million, which means one more remains unclaimed. In addition, one top prize of $3.5 million has been claimed so far, meaning two more remain unclaimed.

The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 2.85.

Ms. Byers said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, except to possibly have some work done on the couple’s driveway.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 24, 2017
Powerball ticket bought in Virginia wins $1 million; four tickets each win $200,000

PowerballAlthough the jackpot-winning ticket in the August 23 Powerball drawing was not bought in Virginia, there was no shortage of winners in the Commonwealth. A total of 245,185 tickets bought in Virginia won prizes, including one ticket that won $1 million.

The million-dollar winning ticket was bought at Parkway Express, 8105 Loisdale Road in Lorton. It matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

In the 20 drawings leading up to last night’s drawing, during which the jackpot continued to grow, the sale of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated an estimated $16.8 million in profits. By law, all of those profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. Just last week, the Virginia Lottery announced it turned over to the Commonwealth more than a half billion dollars for education in Fiscal Year 2017. For a closer look at education programs funded with Virginia Lottery profits, see this infographic.

In addition to the $1 million winning ticket, four tickets each won $200,000 in the August 23 drawing using Power Play. They were bought at:

  • Frank’s Trucking Center, I4717 West Military Highway, Chesapeake
  • Braden’s Market, 1800 East Main Street, Radford
  • Kroger, 109 Lew Dewitt Boulevard, Waynesboro
  • Wawa, 150 Pike View Drive, Midlothian

Seven tickets each won $50,000 by matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. They were bought at:

  • Parham Pit Stop, 807 East Parham Road, Richmond
  • 7-Eleven, 81 Beach Road, Hampton        
  • Fas Mart, 4454 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg
  • Super Giant, 5581 Merchants View Square, Haymarket
  • Prime Mart, 45665 West Church Road #101, Sterling
  • Raceway, 6825 Hull Street Road, Richmond
  • Food Lion, 14641-14643 Jefferson Drive, Woodbridge

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

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Aug 23, 2017
Two winning tickets in the same drawing! - Fairfax woman wins $200,000

Shida DolatshahiShida Dolatshahi of Fairfax was playing her and her husband’s birthdays this go around when she checked the winning numbers from one of the weekend’s Cash 5 drawings on her computer.

“I always play my lucky number five and use birthdays from my family,” she said.

This time, five proved to be her lucky number after all five of her numbers matched those drawn in the August 19 day drawing.

The top prize in Cash 5 is $100,000. However, Ms. Dolatshahi bought two tickets for that drawing, each with the same five numbers, so she won a total of $200,000.

She said she told her husband almost immediately, and he responded by “screaming.”

She bought both tickets at the Harris Teeter at 3905 Fair Ridge Drive in Fairfax. The winning numbers were 8-12-15-29-32.

Ms. Dolatshahi said they plan to go on vacation with their winnings, likely somewhere to the 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 23, 2017
Centreville man wins million dollar prize in Virginia Lottery game

Edgar Henriquez SanchezEdgar Henriquez was standing outside the Giant Food in Centreville scratching a $1,000,000 Bankroll ticket from the Virginia Lottery, and he knew he’d won something.

“I thought it was maybe $1,000,” he said.

Actually, he’d won a lot more. The Manassas man had just scratched to win the game’s $1 million top prize.

“I couldn’t believe it!” he said as he claimed his prize.

He had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $561,798 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store, located at 14125 St. Germain Drive in Centreville, receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

This is the third and final top prize claimed in $1,000,000 Bankroll (Game #1642), which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game were 1 in 1,305,600. The chances of winning any prize were 1 in 3.44.

Mr. Henriquez, who works in home remodeling, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 23, 2017
Chilhowie man wins $100,000 in “Win It All Doubler” game

Philip WilliamsPhilip Williams is a lucky person. The Chilhowie man scratched to win the $100,000 top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Win It All Doubler game.

He bought the winning ticket at Haydens Market, 2204 Riverside Road in Marion.

Win It All Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. He is the second person to claim the top prize in this game, which means three $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.00

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 22, 2017
Powerball sales in Virginia brisk – except during the eclipse!

PowerballWith a jackpot currently estimated at $650 million, Powerball excitement has been growing across Virginia – with one exception. During yesterday’s eclipse, Powerball sales in Virginia dropped significantly.

From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday, the Virginia Lottery noted a 25 percent decrease in Powerball sales. Of course, the 2:00 hour was when the rare solar eclipse was visible across Virginia – and presumably people were watching it rather than playing Powerball. At 3:00, with the eclipse ended, sales returned to their previous strong level.

A jackpot of $650 million is certainly not as rare as a solar eclipse, but it is the second largest Powerball jackpot ever, and the third largest of all jackpot games. The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than 2.1 million Powerball tickets on Wednesday, the day of the drawing.

In Saturday’s drawing, more than 119,000 Powerball tickets in Virginia won prizes, including four tickets that each won $50,000. Those tickets were bought in Norfolk, Ashland, Arlington and Glen Allen.

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

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and replayed on www.valottery.com.  The cut-off time to buy a ticket is 10:00 p.m. on the night of the drawing.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 22, 2017
Virginia Beach man wins $100,000 playing “10X the Money”

UT Van NguyenUt Van Nguyen of Virginia Beach just happened to be in the right place at the right time. He bought a 10X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, scratched it and won the $100,000 top prize.

“I’m very happy right now,” he said as he claimed his prize.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3312 Holland Road in Virginia Beach. He said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The 10X the Money game (game #1736) features prizes ranging from $5 up to $100,000. He is the sixth player to win the top prize in game #1736, which means one $100,000 ticket remains unclaimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 21, 2017
Lost ticket is $4 million winner - Manassas man wins top prize in “$4 Million Spectacular Riches” game

It was once lost, but now, it is found. A Manassas man had been searching for a Scratcher ticket he purchased in April, which turned out to be the first top-prize winner in the $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches Scratcher game.

Eric De Jesus LopezEric Lopez of Manassas scratched a $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches ticket from the Virginia Lottery and won the $4 million top prize. It happened with a ticket he bought at Centro Market, 2930-E Patrick Henry Drive in Falls Church.

The El Salvador native had been looking for the Scratcher for months and finally found it in a stack of papers in his car when he was on his lunch break. He couldn’t believe it once the top prize was revealed.

“I was kind of ecstatic. I haven’t even been sleeping because I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” he said.

The $4,000,000 Spectacular Riches Scratcher (Game #1738) is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. 

Mr. Lopez had the choice of taking the $4 million prize in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of $2,571,357. He chose the cash option. He said he plans to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage, save money for his daughters’ college tuitions and possibly start his own business.

He is the first player to claim the $4 million prize, which means two $4 million top prizes have yet to be claimed.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated a record $588 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 21, 2017
Dickenson County man likes eXTRA Chances because “It’s a chance of winning something,” – and he wins $100,000!

Gary OwensHow is it possible that Gary Owens won $100,000 with a ticket that was not actually a winner?

Simple.

The Haysi man entered his ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s eXTRA Chances Promotion. It was drawn from more than 970,000 entries in the August 1 drawing to win the top prize.

The retired coal miner said he likes to enter his non-winning tickets in eXTRA Chances whenever he can.

“It’s a chance of winning something, so I usually put them in there,” he said.

In the eXTRA Chances Promotion, players can enter non-winning Virginia Lottery tickets containing the eXTRA Chances logo for a chance to win prizes, even if the ticket didn’t win when the player scratched it.

Mr. Owens isn’t the only winner. Players have a chance to win each day with up to 50 daily instant-win cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes.

The next grand prize drawing will be held September 5 with a $100,000 grand prize. The deadline to enter is August 31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 20, 2017
Nearly 120,000 tickets in Virginia win prizes in Saturday’s drawing - Four Virginia Powerball tickets each win $50,000

PowerballThe Saturday, August 19, Powerball drawing brought out the winners in Virginia. A total of 119,251 tickets sold in Virginia won prizes ranging from $4 to $50,000. But since no one in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing grows to $650 million.

Four tickets won $50,000 each by matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Those tickets were bought at:

  • Quick Serve, 5714 Sellger Drive, Norfolk
  • Glory Mart, 11247 Air Park Road, Ashland
  • 7-Eleven, 5122 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
  • 7-Eleven, 4051 Cox Road, Glen Allen

If one ticket matches all six numbers in Wednesday’s drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $650 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $411.7 million before taxes.

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

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and replayed on www.valottery.com.  The cut-off time to buy a ticket is 10:00 p.m. on the night of the drawing.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 17, 2017
Virginia Lottery profits to K-12 education total more than a half-billion dollars for Fiscal Year 2017

Virginia Lottery logoSchools, retailers and players are the biggest winners

Coming off a record performance last year, the Virginia Lottery announced today that the 2017 fiscal year was its second strongest ever, with profits totaling $558.3 million.  That beat the profit forecast by $11.8 million.

The state is required by Virginia’s constitution to spend all profits it receives from the Lottery on K-12 public education. About 9.4 percent of state funding for schools comes from the Lottery.

“We’re proud and excited to deliver to the Commonwealth more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s K-12 schools,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “The successful year was the result of a successful business strategy, fun games and promotions, hard work by our team, our players, our retailer partners – and luck, of course.”

Sales & Prizes

The Virginia Lottery’s strong performance in FY17 was driven by sales of nearly $2 billion. That’s a slight decrease of 0.8% from the previous year, which included sales from an unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016.

Although the Lottery benefits all Virginians, regardless of whether they play, Lottery players shared in the year’s success by claiming a record $1.2 billion in prizes. A total of 44 tickets won prizes of at least $1 million.

The biggest Virginia Lottery winner of the year was George Coffroad of Alexandria, who won the $10 million top prize in the 100x the Money Scratcher game. Virginia also had a Mega Millions jackpot winner: Kevin Young of Bristow won $7.5 million in the July 22, 2016, drawing.

Stores across the Commonwealth that sell Lottery tickets earned nearly $112 million in commissions, incentives and bonuses.

“A vital part of the equation is the 5,200 retailers from one end of Virginia to the other that partner with us,” said Ms. Otto. “Those grocery stores, convenience stores and other Virginia businesses share in our effort to generate funds for education.”

There’s an additional benefit to stores for carrying Virginia Lottery products. Customers who come in to play the lottery often end up making other purchases as well.

The Lottery continued its strategy of working to increase its customer base. About one-third of adult Virginians play at least one lottery game in a typical month.

“The bottom line is: We’d rather see more people buying a few tickets each than the same people spending more money,” said Ms. Otto. “Increasing the number of people who play is both good business, and it’s the socially responsible way to build sales.”

Some people might find it surprising that a person can win prizes even if the ticket didn’t win the first time. In the eXTRA Chances Promotion, players can enter non-winning tickets for the chance to win great prizes. Three players won $500,000 each, and another five won $100,000 each by entering their non-winning tickets in the eXTRA Chances Promotion.

Expenses

Meanwhile, the Lottery’s operating expenses were kept to five percent of sales, far below the 10 percent allowed by Virginia law. This is significant because the cost of running the Lottery doesn’t come from tax dollars. It comes solely from money generated by ticket sales.

“The Lottery works very hard to be a good steward of the people’s money,” said Virginia Lottery Board Chairman Fred Helm. “This organization can be a source of pride for all Virginians, whether or not they choose to buy a ticket.”

Education Funding

While all Lottery funds go to education, a budget amendment passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor will bring more flexibility in the way school districts across the Commonwealth use the funds they get from the Lottery. The measure increases the Lottery Per Pupil Allocation, which is the amount local school districts can spend at their own discretion to meet their district’s unique needs. In FY 2017 the amount is $34.1 million, with the total rising to $191.3 million in FY 2018.

Another way in which the Lottery contributes funds to education involves unclaimed prizes. By law, the Virginia Lottery gives all unclaimed prize money to the state’s Literary Fund, which is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding. In FY17, nearly $12.3 million in unclaimed prize money went to the Literary Fund. 

In addition, more than $2.1 million in unpaid taxes, fines and child support were collected from prizes. The Lottery partners with Virginia’s Department of Taxation as part of the Set-off Debt Collection Act.

With a strong bond to education in the Commonwealth, it’s no surprise that the Virginia Lottery’s award-winning “Thank a Teacher” program continued to gain attention. The program, which builds on the success of the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Awards, helps thousands of Virginia public school teachers to get a “thank you” during Teacher Appreciation Week. One of those teachers then receives a lot more: A Virginia-themed vacation from the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Responsible Gaming

In FY17 the Virginia Lottery became one of the first lotteries in the nation selected for a Responsible Gaming Verification program aimed at raising awareness of gambling addiction and problem gambling. The Virginia Lottery is partnering with the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling on the multi-year program, with the goal of making Virginia a leader in the lottery industry with regard to responsible play.

“We tell all lottery players in Virginia to have fun, be game and play responsibly,” said Ms. Otto. “We strongly feel that helping to raise awareness among players, retailers, lottery employees and the general public is an important part of social responsibility.”

The Future

What’s on the horizon in the coming year? You can bet there will be new games, exciting promotions, an updated website, changes in Mega Millions, and unique ways of engaging with a new generation of Virginians. Not only that, but the Virginia Lottery will celebrate its 30th birthday in September of 2018.

“Our mission is ‘Contributing to Virginia’s future, one play at a time,’” said Ms. Otto. “Since 1999 we’ve generated more than $8 billion for K-12 public education in Virginia, at the same time earning a reputation for fun, innovation and integrity.”

For more information about the Virginia Lottery, visit www.valottery.com.  Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 11, 2017
“I guess I just got lucky!” -- Manassas Park man wins $1 million in Powerball

Enrico PelausaFor nearly five weeks, Enrico Pelausa had a million-dollar secret. The Manassas Park electrician had a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers, making it worth $1 million.

However, instead of coming forward and claiming the prize immediately, Mr. Pelausa took his time, getting financial affairs in order. When he finally presented his ticket to Virginia Lottery officials, he had a simple explanation for beating the odds:

“I guess I just got lucky,” he said.

Mr. Pelausa bought the ticket at In & Out Mart, 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas, for the July 8 Powerball drawing. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers were 8-10-29-40-59, and the Powerball number was 26. His ticket was the only one in the nation to match the first five numbers in that drawing. When he checked the winning numbers for that drawing, he had a hard time believing his luck.

“I had to look at the ticket over and over and over and over,” he said.

He said he plans to “stash it away for retirement.”

Meanwhile, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 03, 2017
Boykins woman wins $150,000 in “Frogger” Scratcher game

Krystal BradshawKrystal Bradshaw was in tears one moment and holding her breath the next as she waited to claim her $150,000 prize from the Virginia Lottery. The Boykins woman won the top prize in the Frogger Scratcher game.

“I still want to cry. I cried last night,” she said.

A gift from her mother, the $5 Scratcher was purchased at Red Barn Food Store, 18169 Beaton Street in Boykins.

Frogger (game #1653) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Prizes range from $5 to $150,000.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 454,629. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.3. She is the fourth person to claim the top prize in the game, which means only three $150,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Ms. Bradshaw said the money will go to helping her family as well as paying for school.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 03, 2017
A million-dollar vacation! - Powerball ticket bought while vacationing in Busch Gardens wins $1 million

Jonathan JonesIt’s natural for most people to return home from vacation with a bit less money. But not Jonathan Jones. He ended up a million dollars richer.

The Washington, DC, man was in Williamsburg with his family, enjoying a Busch Gardens vacation, when he stopped at a nearby convenience store to play Powerball. His ticket ended up matching the first five numbers to win the game’s $1 million second prize.

Mr. Jones bought his winning ticket at Terrace Grocery, 1102 Penniman Road in Williamsburg for the July 22 drawing. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers were 5-32-44-53-60, and the Powerball number was 9. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers and one of just three nationwide.

Mr. Jones, who works for a roofing company, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

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

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 02, 2017
Mega Millions ticket bought in Harrisonburg wins $1 million

Mega Millions VirginiaSomewhere there is a ticket from Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million.  It was bought at Martin’s Food Market, 2035 East Market Street in Harrisonburg.

The winning numbers for the August 1 drawing were 20-22-52-57-73 and the Mega Ball number was 7. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

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

No ticket in Virginia or anywhere else matched all six numbers to win the estimated $303 million jackpot, so the jackpot grows to an estimated $323 million for Friday night’s drawing.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in the August 1 drawing, and one of just four nationwide.

Meanwhile, there’s another million-dollar Mega Millions ticket still out there. The ticket won $1 million in the July 21 drawing. It was bought at Corner Mart, 4027 West Broad Street in Richmond. The winner has not yet come forward.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 01, 2017
Roanoke man claims top prize in Virginia Lottery’s “Big Bills” game

Kilder ChavarriaKilder Chavarria won some “big bills” with a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket called, not surprisingly, Big Bills.  The Roanoke man claimed the $150,000 top prize.

The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 3602 Williamson Road in Roanoke.

Big Bills is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in Big Bills are 1 in 4.23.

Mr. Chavarria is the third player to claim the top prize in this game, 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Aug 01, 2017
Two winning tickets in the same drawing! - Richmond woman wins $200,000

Thelma JohnsonThelma Johnson was in a grocery store when she saw the winning numbers from the previous night’s Cash 5 drawing briefly appear on the monitor.

“It went by so quickly,” she said. “I thought, ‘Those are my numbers!’”

They were indeed. The Richmond woman matched all five numbers in the July 30 day drawing.

The top prize in Cash 5 is $100,000. However, Ms. Johnson bought two tickets for that drawing, each with the same five numbers, so she won a total of $200,000.

“I was so nervous,” she recalled.

She bought both tickets at the Food Lion at 3089 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Richmond.

The winning numbers were 8-10-13-23-28. She selected the numbers on her ticket using important family dates.

Ms. Johnson, who is retired, said the winnings will help pay for her granddaughter’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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 28, 2017
South Boston woman wins $100,000 playing Cash 5 game

Dinita FaulknerDinita Faulkner isn’t likely to forget the numbers 4-6-10-15-27 any time soon. Those are the five numbers with which she won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

The South Boston woman matched all five numbers in the July 18 day drawing with a ticket she bought at Short Stop, 3014 Love Shop Road in Halifax.

When asked what she plans to do with her winnings, Ms. Faulkner said she hasn’t had a new car in more than 20 years, so she might just buy a new SUV.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 26, 2017
Nurse wins $1 million prize on the day before her 49th wedding anniversary

Evelyn BurnerOn the day before their 49th wedding anniversary, Evelyn Burner made a rather unusual call to her husband, Irvin.

“Honey, I took $20 and I bought two lottery tickets,” the Mt. Jackson woman began.

“So why are you calling me?” he said.

“I think I won $1 million,” she replied.

She was right. Her 20X the Money ticket was a top prize winner. The other ticket she bought just happened to be a winner too. It won $10. Ms. Burner had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

She bought both tickets at the 7-Eleven at 10935 North Valley Pike in Broadway. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

20X the Money (Game #1781) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.52.

Ms. Burner, who is a nurse, said she has no immediate plans for the winnings.

“I’ll still go to work, still help people,” she said.

And as for that 49th anniversary?

“I might make him take me out to dinner,” she said.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 26, 2017
Truck driver hauls in $100,000 prize from Virginia Lottery

Donnie TurnerTruck driver Donnie Turner was not in the least fazed by his $100,000 win the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.  When he discovered he’d matched all five numbers in the July 6 night drawing, did he jump up and down and shout?

Not at all.

“I just got in my truck and drove to Philadelphia,” he said.

The Richmond man bought his winning ticket at Mr. Fuel, 23818 Rogers Clark Boulevard in Ruther Glen. The winning numbers were 8-11-21-27-34. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to select the numbers on his ticket.

He said his winnings will go into savings.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 25, 2017
Norfolk woman wins $100,000 by playing Cash 5 game

Koritta SawyerKoritta Sawyer had a very good day at work. So then, why was the Norfolk woman trying not to cry? Maybe it had something to do with her winning $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery!

“A whole lot of emotions happening!” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Sawyer matched all five winning numbers in the July 13 Cash 5 day drawing. The winning numbers were 3-6-13-17-26. She selected her numbers using family birthdays.

She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 920 Level Green Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

Ms. Sawyer, who works in accounts receivable, said she plans to help her family and her church with 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 25, 2017
Patient couple claims top prize two weeks later

Dale WatsonDale Watson was in disbelief when she’d won $200,000 playing the Virginia Lottery. The Petersburg woman won the top prize in the Jewel 7s Scratcher game.

Waking up her husband, Thomas, after buying her ticket at Food Lion, 4320 Westgate Drive in Petersburg, she told him, “I think I won the big one.” She said he had to put his glasses on to make sure.

The couple waited two weeks, keeping the ticket in an envelope under their mattress before finding the time to claim their prize, doing so on Mr. Watson’s birthday.

Jewel 7s (game #1676) is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. Tickets can be Black Opal, White Pearl, Aqua Marine or Green Jade. Prizes range from $5 to $200,000.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.27.

She is the fourth person to claim the top prize in game #1676, which means six $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Mrs. Watson, who is a nurse, said she would like to invest the winnings but has not yet decided on any plans beyond that.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 25, 2017
South Chesterfield man wins a new Corvette® and $100,000 cash
Damian Young was talking on the phone while he scratched a Corvette® and Ca$h ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When the South Chesterfield man realized he’d just won the game’s top prize, he hung up on the other person.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It still feels a little unreal.”

Mr. Young is the first person to claim the exciting top prize of a brand-new Corvette® Stingray plus $100,000 cash. He bought the winning ticket at Corner Mart Sunoco, 2411 West Hundred Road in Chester.

He waited about three weeks before claiming his prize. “I kept the ticket real close to me,” he laughed. “Extra close!”

Corvette® and Ca$h is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to that top prize. He is the first person to scratch and win the game’s top prize, which means two more top prize-winning tickets are unclaimed.

In addition, non-winning Corvette® and Ca$h Scratchers can be entered in the Ultimate Corvette® Experience. The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a VIP presentation of his or her brand-new Corvette® Stingray at the National Corvette® Museum and $100,000 cash.

The odds of scratching to win the top prize in Corvette® and Ca$h are 1 in 1,387,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.31.

Mr. Young, who is a barber, will receive his new set of wheels in a few weeks. “I never drove one before,” he said. “I’m going to take some days off and enjoy it!”

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 24, 2017
Million-dollar winning tickets in Richmond and Williamsburg

Virginia Lottery logoIt was a big weekend for Virginia Lottery players. Someone won $1 million in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Then someone won $1 million in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing.

Now the question is, who are Virginia’s latest million-dollar winners?

The Mega Millions ticket was bought at Corner Mart, 4027 West Broad Street in Richmond.

The Powerball ticket was bought at Terrace Grocery, 1102 Penniman Road in Williamsburg.

Each of those tickets matched the first five winning numbers and missed only the final number (the Mega Ball number or the Powerball number):

  • Friday, July 21 winning Mega Millions numbers: 18-31-36-50-74, Mega Ball 10.
  • Saturday, July 22 winning Powerball numbers: 5-32-44-53-60, Powerball 9.

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

The stores each will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com. The odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204. The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2017
College professor wins $1 million prize in Virginia Lottery

Calvin LoweWhen Calvin Lowe scratched his Gold Bar Bonanza ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he thought he’d won the top prize, but he wasn’t certain. So, being a college professor, he decided to apply a little scientific methodology.

He got his magnifying glass to fully examine the ticket.

The final conclusion? He’d won the $1 million top prize!

Dr. Lowe and his wife bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 744 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News.

He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $675,982 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Dr. Lowe, who is Dean of the School of Science at Hampton University, said he told his secretary about the win and she replied, “I’m not losing you as a boss, am I?” He assured her he has no plans to quit.

He said he plans to save most of his winnings for retirement.

Gold Bar Bonanza features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. This is the first $1,000,000 prize claimed in this game, so three top prizes remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,101,600. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.28.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2017
Sandston woman matches all five numbers in Cash 5 game

Ebony LongEbony Long said she doesn’t play the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game often.  Once was all it took when she matched all five numbers to win $100,000.

The Sandston woman won the top prize in the July 11 night drawing.

She bought her winning ticket at John’s Supermarket, 2017 East Nine Mile Road in Sandston.

The winning numbers were 3-5-12-13-34.

She found out she’d won when she checked the numbers on the Virginia Lottery’s website.  “I was excited,” she said.

Ms. Long 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2017
A $100,000 coffee break for Chesapeake woman

Tiffany BrinkleyJust a normal day at work.

Tiffany Brinkley of Chesapeake decided to step out of the office for a cup of coffee. She went to the 7-Eleven at 7931 Halprin Drive in Norfolk, where she happened to notice the Virginia Lottery’s Win It All Doubler Scratcher game in the display.

“Something just told me to try my luck,” she said.

She scratched the ticket while she was sitting outside of her workplace. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“My daughter was with me,” she said. “She wondered why I was screaming and crying.”

Win It All Doubler is one of dozens of Scratcher games from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. She is the first person to claim the top prize in this game, which means four $100,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

Ms. Brinkley, who works as a branch manager, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 832,320. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.00

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 19, 2017
“I’m going to just look at it for a while!” - Suffolk woman wins $100,000

Rose Caldeyro-SealsRose Caldeyro-Seals played five numbers that her husband dreamt. In fact, in her husband’s dream, the numbers won. Just one problem: In the dream, the ticket blew out the window as they were driving to claim the prize!

Fortunately, the ticket did not blow out the window when she played the numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game and won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

She matched all five numbers in the July 11 night drawing with the ticket she bought at $ Delites, 6550 Hampton Roads Parkway in Suffolk.

The winning numbers were 3-5-12-13-34.

Ms. Caldeyro-Seals, who is a retired banker, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.

“I’m going to just look at it for a while,” she said.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 18, 2017
Virginia Lottery and Virginia Council on Problem Gambling announce partnership to operate Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline

Virginia Lottery - Play ResponsiblyToll-Free anonymous line helps those with questions about gambling addiction

People suffering from gambling addiction can feel as if there’s nowhere to turn for help. The Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline is a “first step” for addicts, family members, and people who simply might have questions about gambling addiction.

The Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) are teaming up to operate and staff the line, ensuring that Virginians who might suffer from gambling addiction, or their loved ones, have a 24/7 confidential place to turn for answers. Under a new agreement, the VACPG answers calls to the line, providing everything from answers to questions from people who think they or loved ones might be suffering from addiction, to resources where people can turn to for help.

The toll-free number is 888-532-3500.

“While the majority of people can play games of chance without harm, for some people gambling can be addictive and dangerous,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.  “The Virginia Lottery is committed to presenting its games in the most responsible manner possible.”

"This is the starting point for individuals and their families to get the help they need,” said Carolyn Hawley, Ph. D., VACPG President.  “We look forward to working with the Lottery to build help resources in Virginia."

The Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline was created in 1997. The phone number can be found on all Virginia Lottery tickets and most Lottery advertising.

“Although there are no quick, simple solutions to gambling addiction, a call to the helpline could potentially be a lifesaving first step,” said Otto.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 13, 2017
Staunton man takes top prize in “$500 Mayhem” Scratcher game

Donald SpencerDonald Spencer said he didn’t sleep a wink the night before he visited the Virginia Lottery’s Shenandoah Valley Customer Service Center. That’s understandable when you consider that he had a $150,000 winning ticket in his possession.

The Staunton man played the Virginia Lottery’s $500 Mayhem Scratcher game and won the game’s $150,000 top prize.

It happened with a ticket he bought at First Choice, 77 Lee Jackson Highway in Staunton.

The $500 Mayhem Scratcher (game #1749) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $150,000. Mr. Spencer is the second player to win the top prize in game #1749, which means two $150,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,162,800. The odds of winning any prize in $500 Mayhem are 1 in 4.13.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 13, 2017
Roanoke woman wins $100,000 using numbers from a friend’s dream

Tracy PennYou can bet Tracy Penn won’t forget the numbers 1-3-4-7-9 any time soon. Those are the numbers the Roanoke woman used to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

She said she played those particular numbers after a friend told her those numbers appeared in a dream. She played them in the June 25 day drawing, and they all matched the winning numbers.

She bought her winning ticket at Cove Mart, 1723 Cove Road in Roanoke.

Ms. Penn 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 13, 2017
“It feels like a dream!” - Roanoke woman wins $100,000 in eXTRA Chances Promotion

Lorlene DavisWhen Lorlene Davis checked her voicemail, there was a message from the Virginia Lottery saying her ticket had been drawn to win $100,000 in the July 11 eXTRA Chances Promotion drawing.

“I just nearly passed out!” the Roanoke woman said.

Ms. Davis’ ticket was drawn from more than 1.14 million entries to win the top prize. In the eXTRA Chances Promotion, players can enter non-winning Virginia Lottery tickets containing the eXTRA Chances logo for a chance to win prizes, even if the ticket didn’t win when the player scratched it.

“It feels like a dream!” she said as she claimed her prize. Ms. Davis said the prize will help send her daughter to college in August.

She’s not the only winner. Players have a chance to win each day with up to 50 daily instant-win cash prizes, ranging from $25 to $100. Just enter any non-winning Scratcher with the eXTRA Chances logo for your chance to win one of these great cash prizes.

The next grand prize drawing will be held on August 1 with a $100,000 grand prize. The deadline to enter is July 31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 13, 2017
Roanoke man quietly wins $200,000 in “Pirate’s Loot” game

Andrew MagerosAndrew Mageros and his fiancée have what they call a “scratch off ritual.” The Roanoke man bought eight tickets for the Virginia Lottery’s Pirate’s Loot game and took them home to scratch.

One of those tickets won the game’s $200,000 top prize.

Did he jump up and down? Did he shout? No, he kept his mouth shut.

“Of course, a part of me said I’d better not say anything yet,” he said later.

Instead, the couple carefully examined the ticket until they were satisfied it actually was a $200,000 winner.

“Then we jumped up and down!” he said.

Pirate’s Loot is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. Mr. Mageros is the second player to claim the top prize in this game, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.

He bought the winning ticket at Stop In Food, 4111 Franklin Road in Roanoke.

The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Pirate’s Loot are 1 in 4.3.

Mr. Mageros said he hopes to put the winnings towards helping to pay off his mortgage.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 12, 2017
Lightning strikes twice for Chesterfield man: He wins $125,000 playing Pick 4 – again!

Randy JohnsonWhen Randy Johnson won $125,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game, it was a case of déjà vu. The Chesterfield man did the exact same thing four years ago.

Mr. Johnson bought $25 worth of plays for the June 2 night drawing. He chose the same number combination for each ticket: 4-3-3-5. When that turned out to be the winning combination, each of his plays was suddenly worth $5,000. His total winnings for that one drawing came out to $125,000.

That’s the same amount he won on April 15, 2013, with 25 plays in the Pick 4 night drawing.

In both instances, he bought his tickets at the same place: Rite Aid, 6921 Lake Harbour Road in Midlothian.

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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 12, 2017
Woodbridge business owner wins $150,000 in “Lucky Cherry Slots” game

Rashid IqbalRashid Iqbal of Woodbridge thought he’d won $1,500 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Lucky Cherry Slots Scratcher game. He took his winning ticket to the Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center to claim his prize.

That’s when he discovered he was wrong. He hadn’t won $1,500. He’d won $150,000.

“No! No!” he kept saying as Lottery employees told him what his ticket was really worth.

He bought his winning ticket at Manassas Mall Exxon, 8289 Sudley Road in Manassas.

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

Mr. Iqbal, who owns a business in Northern Virginia, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 440,640. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.13.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 11, 2017
Hamilton woman thought she’d won $250, but it was actually $200,000!

Nancy BrooksNancy Brooks loves playing the Diamond Digs Scratcher from the Virginia Lottery. In fact, she buys several at a time and then spreads out her play over several days to keep the enjoyment going.

“When I scratched this ticket, I focused in on the cart symbols,” said Brooks. “I didn’t have enough to add up to a prize, but I knew the ticket was a winner because I’d tried to enter it into eXTRA Chances. You can only enter non-winning tickets for that promotion, and the system wouldn’t ‘take’ this one.”

Brooks’ son, Gregory, also looked at it but thought it was a non-winner. Brooks, however, was convinced the ticket was worth $250.

“I finally took it to a store to check it,” Brooks said. “The self-checker had a weird message I’d never seen before so I took it to the clerk. After she looked at it closely and matched up all the diamond symbols (which I wasn’t even looking at) she confirmed that it was a $200,000 prize!”

She bought the ticket at 7-eleven, 110 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg. Though she knew within a couple of days of her purchase that it was a winner, because of work obligations, she waited more than a week to claim.

“I kept my ticket safe in a metal box, in the fridge,” she said. “The box belonged to my father so I figured it was extra lucky. Even if something, God forbid, happened to my house, the ticket would be safe!”

Brooks says she doesn’t have any immediate plans for her win. “I’d like to just have it on-hand. But I’ll definitely still be playing this game. There are still two unclaimed top prizes out there!”

Diamond Dig is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $200,000. Ms. Brooks is the second player to claim the top prize in this game.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in Diamond Dig are 1 in 4.31.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 11, 2017
Norfolk man takes top prize in Cash 5 game

William GallagherA Norfolk man recently won the top prize of $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“Honestly, it still hasn’t really registered in my brain,” said William Gallagher.

Mr. Gallagher won $100,000 in the June 30 night drawing with a ticket he bought at Smoke Shack, 1595 International Boulevard in Norfolk

The winning numbers for that drawing were 21-22-23-27-34. He selected them using the Easy Pick function.

“It feels excellent, like a new start,” he said as he claimed his prize.

Mr. Gallagher said he plans to pay bills with 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 $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jul 10, 2017
Powerball ticket bought in Manassas wins $1 million

PowerballCheck your tickets! Someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing that is now worth $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at In & Out Mart, 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas.

So the question now is: Who has that million-dollar ticket?

The winning numbers for the July 8 Powerball drawing were 8-10-29-40-59, and the Powerball number was 26. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

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

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

This ticket was the only one nationwide to match the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing. No ticket matched all six numbers, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, July 12, drawing has grown to an estimated $155 million.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.
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Jul 03, 2017
Roanoke woman wins $100,000 prize 12 times in the same drawing, for a total of $1.2 million!

Bonnie McNewRoanoke woman wins $100,000 prize 12 times in the same drawing, for a total of $1.2 million!

July 3, 2017

When Bonnie McNew got the phone call from her husband saying she’d matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, she didn’t believe him at first.

“I had to see it myself,” the Roanoke woman said. “I tried to stay calm.”

Winning the game’s $100,000 top prize would be amazing enough, but Ms. McNew had bought a dozen $1 plays, each with the same five numbers. That means she won a total of $1.2 million.

“I don’t believe it,” she said as she redeemed her winning tickets. “I’m still in shock.”

She bought all 12 plays for the June 30 day drawing at Bluehurst LLC, located at 10761 West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in Montvale.

The winning numbers were 7-11-13-14-29. She selected those numbers using family birthdays.

Ms. McNew, who works as an office manager, said she has no immediate plans for the winnings, except to save towards retirement.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2016. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jun 30, 2017
Touchdown! UVA football player wins $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery

Charles DavisWhen Charles Davis matched all five numbers to win $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, he celebrated with his grandmother.

“We shouted together!” he said.

Mr. Davis, a University of Virginia student and a member of the UVA football team, was returning from an early-morning workout when he stopped to pick up coffee for his mother. He also played Cash 5, selecting numbers on his ticket that his grandmother suggested.

“I looked at the numbers on the website after the drawing and said, ‘I… won!’” he said.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 43974 Pipeline Plaza in Ashburn for the June 25 day drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 1-3-4-7-9.

Mr. Davis is an American Studies major in his third year. He lives in Ashburn.

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

When it comes to education, the Vi