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Virginia man tossed winning $10 million lottery ticket on floor

Virginia LotteryVirginia Lottery: Virginia man tossed winning $10 million lottery ticket on floor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — If he'd known he was holding a ticket worth $10 million, George Coffroad might have been a bit more careful with it. When the Alexandria man went to his car with Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets he'd just bought, he tossed them on the floor of the car.

It wasn't until later at home, when he scratched his 100x the Money ticket, that he discovered he'd won the game's $10 million top prize.

The prize is the largest ever offered by a Virginia Lottery Scratcher game. Since he's the first player to claim that top prize, he's now the biggest Scratcher winner in the Virginia Lottery's history.

"I thought it was incorrect," he later said. "It took quite a few minutes to settle in."

On Oct. 13, he received his check from the Virginia Lottery. 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.

He bought the ticket at Landmark Towers Sunoco, 190 South Whiting Street in Alexandria. The store receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Coffroad, who is a small business owner, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

"It's a game-changer," he said. "It must have been my turn."

100x the Money features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize. Since this is the first top prize claimed, two more $10 million tickets remain unclaimed in this game. 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.

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Raven62's avatar - binary
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Posted: October 14, 2016, 10:02 am - IP Logged

Moral of this Story: Treat each Ticket like It's a Winner!

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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    Happy California
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    Posted: October 14, 2016, 10:19 am - IP Logged

    Moral of this Story: Treat each Ticket like It's a Winner!

    I Agree! Sign the back of the ticket ASAP. Just sign it but do not fill out the rest of the ticket until you know it is a winner. This is to protect your identity when you lose and throw it out. Use a shredder.

     Congratulations to George Coffroad!!

     I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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      LottoAce's avatar - WWI Flying_Ace.gif
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      Posted: October 14, 2016, 11:50 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to the winner and home boy for knocking it down!
      enjoy the win!

      "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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        July 28, 2014
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        Posted: October 14, 2016, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

        The odds for this game are appealing, Powerball and Mega Millions 2nd prize have much worse odds. I wonder what the tickets cost?

        Never attempt to maintain a lifestyle you can't afford.

          Artist77's avatar - batman14

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          January 16, 2012
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          Posted: October 14, 2016, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

          These tickets are $30.  Too much. That winner is close to a mall I shop at but usually those big wins are never in northern va.

          J'aime La France.

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            October 23, 2007
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            Posted: October 16, 2016, 10:28 am - IP Logged

            Heck, I'd trade $30 for 5 million cash. Occasionally I'll buy a $20 tic, but I usually buy $2 or $5 tix.

            I still like the draw games more.

            CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

              Theox-'s avatar - DAylUYw

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              Posted: October 16, 2016, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

              Heck, I'd trade $30 for 5 million cash. Occasionally I'll buy a $20 tic, but I usually buy $2 or $5 tix.

              I still like the draw games more.

              I prefer draw games too. It doesn't matter when or where I buy the ticket. There are too many uncontrollable variables in play with scratchers.

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                January 16, 2016
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                Posted: October 17, 2016, 10:32 am - IP Logged

                WHY Spend $30. on a scratch or any type of Lottery Ticket and throw it on the floor of your Vehicle......... 

                If It means so little too you and anybody else out their that does stuff like this I'LL GIVE YOU MY INFO AND YOU CAN SEND ME YOUR MEANING LESS MONEY SO I CAN BUY A WHEELCHAIR VAN & MOVE INTO A PLACE BIG ENOUGH TO GET AROUND AN LIVE IN.

                THANK YOU

                HAPPY HOLIDAYS, BE SAFE & GOOD LUCK Y'ALL Sad Wavey