3rd time of 'almost lucky' still pays $175,000
A Virginia couple has hit five of the six lottery numbers three timesSome people may say matching five of six numbers in the lottery falls short of being lucky. A Bedford County couple would disagree.Enos and Linda Blankenship of Thaxton, Virginia have had five of six winning numbers in the lottery - three times.Most recently they matched five of six numbers in the Mega Millions drawing on Feb. 20. The lone winning ticket for the big jackpot - $239 million - hasn't been claimed.The Blankenships ...
Feb 26, 2004, 5:02 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery Rains on Lady Luck's Parade
Luck may be a lady in North Dakota, but Virginia officials say she was there first.Lady Luck is appearing in North Dakota ads as a weary figure in a red dress, traveling the state to get people to buy a ticket for the new state lottery that starts March 25.Virginia officials say another Lady Luck has been hustling to promote their state lottery since 1990. And they are looking closely at the North Dakota ads. At this point we're aware of it, said Ed Scarborough, a spokesman for the Virginia L ...
Feb 23, 2004, 5:08 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. man claims $12.6 million Lotto South jackpot
An Elizabeth City, North Carolina man who bought a lottery ticket on a whim after getting stuck in Chesapeake traffic won a $12.6 million jackpot, the Virginia Lottery announced Thursday.Hubert Griffin, a retired U. S. Army staff sergeant and former North Carolina corrections officer, was the only ticket holder to match all six numbers of the Lotto South jackpot on Saturday.It was the largest Virginia Lottery jackpot ever won by a North Carolinian, said Ed Scarborough, a Virginia Lottery spokesm ...
Jan 30, 2004, 6:47 am - Lottery News forum
Ticket bought in Va. hits $13 million Lotto South jackpot
One ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday's $13 million Lotto South drawing, the Virginia Lottery said.The numbers were 2, 3, 10, 11, 17 and 42.The winning ticket was purchased in Virginia, though lottery officials didn't specify the exact location.Sixty-one tickets matched five of six numbers to win $649 each, and 2,911 tickets matched four numbers to win $53. Wednesday's jackpot drops back to $2 million.
Jan 26, 2004, 7:04 am - Lottery News forum
Inside Sources: Virginia Lottery to Slash Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Lottery Post reveals the Virginia Lottery's cost-cutting plansMust credit LotteryPost.comAccording to unnamed sources, the Virginia Lottery is planning a series of cost-cutting moves that could send shock waves through its staff and the industry: the Virginia Lottery will be seeking bids to outsource all functions of its operations.The Virginia Lottery is expected to announce requests for bids on its Web site at www.valottery.com. No department has been spared from consideration, in ...
Jan 13, 2004, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Big lottery jackpot spurs border rush
Perry Graves didnt cross the state line from North Carolina to Virginia just to play the lottery.Im up here to win the game! the Reidsville man said.He was not alone.Many Tar Heels flocked across the Virginia line and plunked down cash for a chance at the $155 million jackpot in tonights multistate Mega Millions game. The drawing will be at 11 p.m.The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 135,145,920, but that didnt stop the steady stream of customers at Peoples General Store, just a mile and a h ...
Dec 30, 2003, 5:45 am - Lottery News forum
Struggling family wins $77,777 jackpot
Patricia Fields' father always told her that good things come to those who wait, and that if she was thankful for a little, one day she would have a lot.The 48-year-old Woodstock resident was able to understand the true meaning of those words this month.Fields went to a local 7-Eleven to buy her usual lottery ticket. She said she just played for fun, only purchasing the occasional ticket when she could.She never expected to win anything, and if she did, it was a few bucks here and there. But thi ...
Dec 22, 2003, 6:03 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner pleads guilty to assaulting deputy
The saga of lottery winner Jody Lee Taylor seems to indicate that he's anything but lucky.It's still unclear why he was naked.But there's no doubt it was Jody Lee Taylor, 1992 Virginia Lottery winner, who got high on crack cocaine and Crown Royal blended whiskey one night in June, drove his new Ford pickup the wrong way down U.S. 58 in Axton and then tried to run down a Henry County deputy.Being a lottery winner didn't cause Taylor's problems, his friends and family say, but it sure didn't help. ...
Dec 19, 2003, 3:13 am - Lottery News forum
Va. Lottery: Gambling or Gold Mine?
15 Years Later, Program Has Its Fans and CriticsIf buying a house with a white picket fence is the American dream, perhaps winning the lottery is the American daydream.Players know the odds are against them, but for some, a chance at thousands of dollars, or even millions, seems worth a dollar or two.Fifteen years after the Virginia Lottery was created in September of 1988, some area residents play every day.But even though revenues go to public education, some still oppose it.I opposed it (in 1 ...
Nov 21, 2003, 4:42 am - Lottery News forum
Alleged Lottery Ticket Thieves Arrested
Two men who allegedly stole several stacks of lottery tickets Oct. 22 from a Virginia donut shop were bonded Tuesday in Winchester General District Court.Joshua Aaron Roy, 18, of the 1700 block of Reaves Street, Winchester, was charged on Friday with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.His alleged accomplice, Tony Eugene Dehaven Jr., 23, of the first block of Fabric Drive, Bunker Hill, W.Va., was charged Monday with the same offenses.Winchester General District Court Judge David ...
Nov 13, 2003, 5:10 am - Lottery News forum