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Virginia couple are new millionaires

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"Kiss your bride!" Janet Dalby instructed her husband Richard, as the two posed with an oversized $4 million check from Virginia Lottery on Friday.

The couple was celebrating their newfound wealth, made possible by lucky scratch-off winnings at Taylor's Market, where Richard Dalby purchased the winning ticket two days earlier.

The Dalby's have been buying lottery tickets at Taylor's Market on U.S. 1 for the past 20 years.

Richard Dalby is retired, but Janet still works as an IT director for a small company.

Having won $10,000 once before from a market scratch-off, the Dalby's were no strangers to Virginia Lottery, but their excitement was unrestrained.

"It's still not real," Janet Dalby said.

When Richard Dalby purchased the ticket, he first thought he had won $100,000, but soon realized it was a lot more.

He couldn't stop shaking, but eventually was able to call his wife and begin spreading the news to their family.

"No one believed it," Janet Dalby said.

The couple has two children who were also at the market on Friday, Ashlea MacLaird and Kelli Holton, who were born and raised in Stafford.

Their plans for the money include a college fund for Holton's 1-month-old son, Brentley.

The Dalby's chose the one-time cash option of $2,149,572 instead of the full $4 million prize over 30 years.

Their plans also include paying off their mortgage and saving money in a retirement fund.

"We're going to tie that money up so tight so we can enjoy it for the rest of our lives," Janet Dalby said.

However, after they received their check and signed the paperwork at Taylor's Market, their next stop would be the car dealership to buy a new car.

"It's going to be big, whatever it is," Janet Dalby said.

The couple, who have been married for 35 years, praised the Virginia Lottery for their customer service and hospitality.

"People dream and dream and dream," Janet Dalby said about the win.

Their favorite store also had a payday — $10,000 went to the owner.

The $4 Million Mega Multiplier, the $20 ticket Richard Dalby won with, features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million, and the Dalbys found the first of four top-prize tickets.

Richard Dalby's answer when asked if he would continue to the play the lottery?

"Of course," he said.

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CDanaT's avatar - tiger avatar_04_hd_pictures_169016.jpg
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Posted: May 31, 2014, 11:57 am - IP Logged

Not too shabby for a $20 investment and a few seconds of scratchin'.

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    Posted: May 31, 2014, 12:14 pm - IP Logged

    Way to go!  Nice win.

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      Posted: May 31, 2014, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

      Very nice! Congrats to them.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: May 31, 2014, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to them! I am sure they will  be just fine with their new found wealth.

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          Posted: May 31, 2014, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

          Bless them, a great set for life win.  Way to go, I would take the lump sum too ;)))!!!

          I' Am Blessed And Highly Favored.  I Thank-You, Our Lord Jesus and YHWH!Sun Smiley

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            Posted: May 31, 2014, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

            Congratulation Mr. & Mrs Dalby Hurray!

            I Love Pink & Green 1908

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              Rivervale
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              Posted: May 31, 2014, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

              Congratulayions to the lucky Dalby's

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                Posted: June 1, 2014, 5:28 am - IP Logged

                If they were not the typical scratch off player and only spent $20.00, then it was a good "investment". Even if they were typical players that bought more than one $20.00 ticket , it was still an exciting wager. 

                Wink

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                  Posted: June 1, 2014, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

                  So you are saying I need to play for 10 more years to win 4 million dollars? I can handle that LOL

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                    Posted: June 2, 2014, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

                    Congratulations on walking away with apx. $1.05M net grand prize lottery win!  Not bad for 20 years of regular lottery purchases!

                    Cheers

                    Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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                      Posted: June 3, 2014, 12:07 am - IP Logged

                      They seem like nice people, God Bless 'em.

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                        Posted: June 4, 2014, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

                        Congrats to the winners.