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Virginia lottery winner claims first Set for Life check

Virginia LotteryVirginia Lottery: Virginia lottery winner claims first Set for Life check

Last week, Gordon McKinney suddenly fell back in a chair at the Scott County Tobacco Co.

Those at the store thought he was having a heart attack.

But Gordon, of Chuckey, Tenn., realized that he won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s new scratch-off game, Set for Life. He will receive $2,000 a week, or $104,000 a year before taxes, for the rest of his life.

"It really hasn’t sunk in yet," said Gordon, who was holding his first $2,000 check.

Phil Hankey, the Virginia Lottery southwest regional manager, presented the check at the store Wednesday morning.

Many now believe the store near the Tennessee line in Scott County is lucky, Hankey said. Just a month ago, a couple from Church Hill, Tenn., won $5.6 million with a Lotto South ticket purchased there. Set for Life is one of about 50 scratch games offered by the Virginia Lottery. Prizes range from $10 a week to $2,000 a week for life.

The regional manager said the odds of winning are different for each scratch game. McKinney had a one-in-1.7 million chance of winning the Set for Life game, he said.

McKinney, who regularly buys lottery tickets at the store, won the first of three top prize-winning tickets available in Virginia.

"I’ve played the lottery for years, and I’ve tried different codes and figuring it out – forget it. You can’t do it," he said.

But McKinney must have a knack for picking winning numbers. In 1975, he said he won $10,000 in a Pennsylvania lottery.

"Everyone’s giving me advice on what to do," said McKinney, who is retired and single. "I know I want to get a new car."

Bristol Herald Courier

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Posted: June 30, 2005, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

I wonder how it works. He might have been better off to sell the ticket to a younger man. I did a check on Intelius.com for this gentlement from Tennessee, and the only match showed a Gordon McKinney to be 80 years old.  From the photograph above, I would estimate he's in his mid-to-late 50s though.  Maybe it's Jr.

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    Posted: June 30, 2005, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

    I'm surprised people in TN still play instant tickets in other states nearby.  I understand playing MM and Lotto south but scratchers??  Oh well.  Glad to see TN is still cashing in on VA lol.

    How are you going to win if you don't play?

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      Posted: June 30, 2005, 1:58 pm - IP Logged

      Lucky man. The only thing he need to do now is to stay alive for as long as possible.

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        Posted: June 30, 2005, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

        virginia has a lot of tennessee people winning.especially on lotto south.which we need here.....

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          Posted: June 30, 2005, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

          Yeah.  We need one more game here in TN and it needs to be a multi Million lotto game.  So lotto south would be a good game to have.  I keep emailing the TN lottery about lotto south and they quit responding.  VA said any southern state that would like to join lotto south could.   

          How are you going to win if you don't play?

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            Posted: July 28, 2005, 3:40 am - IP Logged

            i agree with ya on that....