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Jan 29, 2016
Woodbridge man wins $7 million prize by mistake! - He is Virginia’s first top prize winner in Cash4Life® game
Michael Donnelly hadn’t intended to play Cash4Life®.  Instead, like millions of people across the nation, he was watching the Powerball jackpot rise to historic heights.

As customer service manager at the Harris-Teeter at 6351 Columbia Pike in Falls Church, he was busy ringing up Powerball tickets for customers, but for one of those customers, he accidently hit the wrong button on the terminal. Instead of Powerball, he hit the Cash4Life® button and generated a ticket that the customer didn’t want, so he ended up buying the ticket himself.

That “mistake” won him the top prize.

His ticket matched all six numbers in the January 7 Cash4Life® drawing. Mr. Donnelly’s prize was a choice between $1,000 per day for the rest of his life or a one-time cash option of $7 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He didn’t realize he’d won until a few days later when a customer said she had heard on the news that a winning ticket had been sold at the store. That’s when he checked the numbers and immediately called his wife, Michele, with the good news.

“If that’s true, you have to come home because I’m about to have a heart attack!” she replied.

On January 29 the Woodbridge man received his check from the Virginia Lottery. Harris-Teeter received a $50,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” he said.

Cash4Life® is played in Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Drawings are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Each play costs $2.  The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 21.8 million. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. We know the Virginia Lottery is a great place to work, but don’t take our word for it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch named the Lottery a 2015 Top Workplace. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Jan 16, 2018
Virginia Beach woman wins $200,000 with two tickets in Cash 5

Margie TrombleyMargie Trombley won the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game – not once, but twice in the same drawing.

The Virginia Beach woman matched all five numbers in the December 14 night drawing. Her husband bought two tickets for her at Food Lion, 6203 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk, both with identical numbers: 3-8-12-24-29. The top prize in Cash 5 is $100,000, which means she won a total of $200,000.

However, when her husband checked the winning numbers and gave her the good news, there was a problem:

“I didn’t believe him,” she later 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.

Ms. Trombley said she and her husband plan to save their winnings and possibly remodel their house.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Trombley lives in Virginia Beach, which received more than $28.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 16, 2018
Norfolk woman wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game

Leticia RobinsonWhen Leticia Robinson won $100,000 playing the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, the Norfolk woman didn’t even need to check the winning numbers. Someone else did it for her.

“The store called me and said, ‘You won!’” she said as she claimed her prize. “I was just shocked!”

Needless to say, she bought the winning ticket at her favorite store: Angel Food Mart at 6586 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk.

She matched all five numbers in the January 7 night drawing to win the game’s top prize. The winning numbers were 8-15-17-23-29, which represents for her a combination of family birthdays.

Ms. Robinson, who works for a forklift company, said she has no immediate plans for winnings except to pay bills.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Robinson lives in Norfolk, which received more than $29.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 16, 2018
Leesburg man wins $100,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Cecil WolfCecil Wolf didn’t find out he’d won $100,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle until a week later. That’s when the Leesburg man went to the Virginia Lottery’s website and discovered one of his tickets had been drawn.

He said he bought a total of five tickets over a five-week period. His winning ticket was #333975, which he bought at Food Lion, 720 South Kings Street in Leesburg.

The other four $100,000 winning tickets were bought in Charlottesville, Ridgeway, South Hill and Virginia Beach. Three tickets each won the top prize of $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Bedford, Stafford and Virginia Beach. An additional 500 tickets each won $500. 

Mr. Wolf, who works in the computer industry, said he intends to pay bills with his winnings and buy his mom a new cell phone.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Wolf bought his winning ticket in Loudoun County, which received nearly $12.8 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 12, 2018
Winning $125,000 is “out-of-body experience” for North Chesterfield woman

When Raymeto HowardRaymeto Howard discovered she’d won $125,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, she later described the feeling as “an out-of-body experience.”

The North Chesterfield woman matched all five numbers in the December 4 day drawing – not once, but twice. With one ticket, she wagered 25-cents. So, when that ticket matched all five numbers, it won $25,000. With her other ticket, she wagered a full dollar to win the $100,000 top prize.

She bought both winning tickets at Belmont Market, 6100 Belmont Road in Chesterfield.

She selected the numbers, 4-8-12-15-24, using important family birthdates and anniversaries.

Ms. Howard 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.  Ms. bought bought her winning tickets in Chesterfield County, which received more than $17.8 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 12, 2018
“I looked at my ticket and I was stunned!” - Dale City man wins $1 million playing Mega Millions

Marcus CobbWhen Marcus Cobb bought his Mega Millions ticket, the jackpot stood at an eye-popping $450 million. On the morning after the drawing, the Dale City man heard there had been a jackpot winner somewhere else, so he didn’t bother looking at his ticket right away.

When he finally did check the winning numbers in the January 5 drawing, he discovered he’d matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

“I looked at my ticket and I was stunned!” he said as he later claimed his prize. “I looked at the ticket again and again, and then I started yelling to wake everyone up!”

He was so excited, his wife Demetria said she was afraid he’d have a heart attack.

Mr. Cobb bought the winning ticket at Shell/E & C, 14352 Gideon Drive in Woodbridge. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers. The winning numbers in the January 5 drawing were 28-30-39-59-70, and Mega Ball number was 10.

The Cobbs say they intend to save for their children’s college educations.

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.  Mr. Cobb lives in Prince William County, which received more than $59.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 12, 2018
On the way to buy a newspaper, Fredericksburg man wins $200,000

Richard CurtisAll Richard Curtis wanted was a newspaper. That’s why the Fredericksburg man went to the 7-Eleven at 1036 Warrenton Road in Fredericksburg. While he was there, he bought three Winter Winnings tickets from the Virginia Lottery.

He took them out to his car and scratched them. That’s when he discovered he’d won the $200,000 top prize.

“I could hardly believe it!” he said.

Winter Winnings is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. He’s the third person to claim the top prize, which means one $200,000 ticket remains unclaimed in this game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.81.

The retired truck driver said he and his wife of 52 years have no immediate plans for the winnings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Curtis lives in Fredericksburg, which received more than $1.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 12, 2018
Newport News man wins $100,000 playing Cash 5

Dwayne JonesWhen Dwayne Jones of Newport News went online to check the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, he couldn’t quite believe what he saw.

“I said, ‘Well, I got these numbers,’” he recalled. “Then I checked in five or six more times.”

Mr. Jones matched all five numbers in the December 15 night drawing with a ticket he bought at G. I. Joe’s Army Surplus, 3610 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

The winning numbers were 7-15-20-28-33. He selected the numbers on his ticket at random.

Mr. Jones, who works as a supervisor, said he plans to save his winnings towards retirement.

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

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Jones bought his winning ticket in Newport News, which received more than $26.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 05, 2018
Woodbridge man wins $100,000 during stop in South Hill

Harold BaileyHarold Bailey used to tell his fiancée, “One of these days, I’m going to win big!”

He doesn’t have to tell her that anymore because it happened! The Woodbridge man won $100,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

It happened as the couple was driving to visit his fiancée’s family in North Carolina. They stopped in South Hill, at Sav-U-Time of South Hill at 920 East Atlantic Street, and he bought a ticket. It turns out that ticket, #368194, was one of five $100,000 second-prize winners announced on January 1.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “She screamed!”

Mr. Bailey, who works in human resources but was planning to retire later this year, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.

“I’m shocked, but it’s a good kind of shocked,” he said.

Three tickets each won $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.  Those tickets were bought in Bedford, Stafford and Virginia Beach. The other four $100,000 winning tickets besides Mr. Bailey’s ticket were bought in Charlottesville, Ridgeway, Leesburg, and Virginia Beach. An additional 500 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Mr. Bailey bought his winning ticket in Mecklenburg County, which received nearly $2.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 05, 2018
Henry County woman wins $100,000 in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Rhonda HyltonLike a lot of people, Rhonda Hylton went straight to the Virginia Lottery’s website shortly after the winning ticket numbers in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle were announced. Her husband held her ticket as she read those winning ticket numbers.

Suddenly he said, “Wait a minute! Read that again!”

That’s how they discovered her ticket had won $100,000.

She bought the ticket at On The Run, 6690 Greensboro Road in Ridgeway. Ms. Hylton, who lives in Axton, just happened to be having lunch next door when she decided to buy the ticket.

Her winning ticket, #302951, is one of five $100,000 winners announced in the January 1 drawing. The other four were bought in Charlottesville, Leesburg, South Hill and Virginia Beach. Three tickets each won the top prize of $1 million. Those tickets were bought in Bedford, Stafford and Virginia Beach. An additional 500 tickets each won $500. 

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  Ms. Hylton bought her winning ticket in Henry County, which received nearly $7.5 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 04, 2018
Ashburn man wins $1 million in Powerball

Tom SuppTom Supp thought he’d won $600, and he was happy about it. However, when the Ashburn man took his Powerball ticket to the Virginia Lottery customer service center, he received stunning news: His ticket was actually worth $1 million.

“I couldn’t speak after that,” he said. “I was in disbelief.”

Mr. Supp matched the first five numbers in the December 9 drawing, missing only the Powerball number. The winning numbers in that drawing were 25-36-37-55-60, and the Powerball number was 6.

The communications contractor bought his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 20630 Ashburn Road in Ashburn. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in the December 9 drawing and one of just three nationwide.

He said he plans to save his winnings toward retirement.

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.  Mr. Supp bought his winning ticket in Loudoun County, which received nearly $12.9 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 03, 2018
The “Lucky Four” win $1 million prize in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

For seven years, four friends have played Virginia Lottery games together: Powerball, Mega Millions and Bank a Million, among others. This year, they used their winnings from those games to buy 20 tickets in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

One of those tickets won the $1 million top prize.

The “Lucky Four” are:

  • Dana Harris of Virginia Beach
  • Steven Hughes of Suffolk
  • Bradley Vaughn of Chesapeake
  • Timothy Bateman of Shawboro, NC

Mr. Harris bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1900 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach. On January 3, the four old friends gathered at the store to receive their checks, $250,000 apiece before taxes, from Virginia Lottery officials. The store received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Their winning ticket is #332284. The other two top-prize winning tickets in the January 1 drawing were bought in Bedford and Stafford. Five additional tickets won $100,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Charlottesville, Leesburg, Ridgeway, South Hill and Virginia Beach. An additional 500 tickets each won $500.

Do the four friends plan to continue playing? Absolutely! In fact, they said they’ve already got their tickets for the next Mega Millions and Powerball drawings.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Virginia Beach, which received more than $26.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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

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Jan 01, 2018
Winning numbers drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Virginia's New Year's Millionaire RaffleThe winning numbers have been drawn in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle. The question now is: Who has those three $1 million winning tickets?

The $1 million winners are:

Ticket #054602 (bought at Weis Markets, 905 Garrisonville Road, Stafford)

Ticket #078410 (bought at Speedy Mart, 514-B Blue Ridge Avenue, Bedford)

Ticket #332284 (bought at 7-Eleven, 1900 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach)

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Five additional tickets each won $100,000. Those winning tickets are:

Ticket #028288 (bought at 7-Eleven, 3908 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach)

Ticket #090869 (bought at Kroger, 1980 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville)

Ticket #302951 (bought at On The Run, 6690 Greensboro Road, Ridgeway)

Ticket #333975 (bought at Food Lion, 720 South Kings Street, Leesburg)

Ticket #368194 (bought at Sav-U-Time of South Hill, 920 East Atlantic Street, South Hill)

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Another 500 tickets each win $500.  Those numbers are now posted at the Virginia Lottery’s website: www.valottery.com.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. The Lottery generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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