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Man waiting to cash in $1,000 lottery ticket wins another $177,777

May 11, 2020, 10:13 am

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Virginia LotteryVirginia Lottery: Man waiting to cash in $1,000 lottery ticket wins another $177,777Rating:

A Virginia man waiting to cash in his $1,000 winning lottery ticket ended up winning an additional $177,777 before collecting his prize.

Jeff Melick of Newport News told Virginia Lottery officials he was waiting until the lottery's customer service centers reopened to cash in his $1,000 winning scratch-off ticket when he purchased a Lucky 7s Tripler ticket.

The ticket turned out to be a $177,777 top prize winner.

"I kind of went numb," Melick said. "I was doing good with the $1,000 winner."

Melick said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay it forward by taking care of strangers' purchases at his local convenience store.

He bought his Lucky 7s Tripler ticket at the Wawa at 12093 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.

Melick is the owner of Leave it to a Landscaper, a landscaping business in the Newport News area. 

Lucky 7s Tripler features prizes ranging from $5 to $177,777. This is the first top prize claimed, which means three more $177,777 prizes are unclaimed in this game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,040,400. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.21. 

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CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
Central TN
United States
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January 4, 2012
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Posted: May 11, 2020, 10:53 am - IP Logged

Having a $178K payday isn't a bad thing to have during these trying times. Congrats Jeff.

Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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    Member #163184
    January 22, 2015
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    Posted: May 11, 2020, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

    Great win, Jeff.


    Landscaping sounds like hard work to me.

      sully16's avatar - sharan
      United States
      Member #81738
      October 28, 2009
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      Posted: May 11, 2020, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

      Awesome sauce, congrats Jeff.


        Wit24's avatar - 398NLhn
        South Africa
        Member #206301
        April 30, 2020
        62 Posts
        Posted: May 11, 2020, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats Jeff. 

        $178K winnings is definitely awesome. Your wishes and prayers of ONE IS ONE DAY has been granted.

        You must assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled until your assumption has all the sensory vividness of reality.

          wander73's avatar - Lottery-008.jpg

          United States
          Member #153769
          March 24, 2014
          4558 Posts
          Posted: May 11, 2020, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

          That is awesome.  Some people are lucky.

          I love pecans and making sales with commissions.   

          My amazon store is just like the lottery.

            cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

            United States
            Member #197033
            March 28, 2019
            534 Posts
            Posted: May 11, 2020, 6:09 pm - IP Logged

            He's got a generous spirit, congrats to him.

            ... Sooper dooper top seekrit winning numbers: 5 16 17 24 33 52 ...

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              United States
              Member #153769
              March 24, 2014
              4558 Posts
              Posted: May 11, 2020, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

              i wonder what the ticket number was.

              I love pecans and making sales with commissions.   

              My amazon store is just like the lottery.

                Cassie8620's avatar - lR4Ovq
                United States
                Member #180566
                March 13, 2017
                3798 Posts
                Posted: May 11, 2020, 11:37 pm - IP Logged

                He shall be blessed in life, i see he already is.


                Love [generous wonderful kind people]Cheerswho possess

                insta-thoughts of an Smileyact of a beautiful kind blessing,

                to be bestowed on others of less fortune et.al.,

                A( RARE heart) God bless him.


                If i win the "big one like the six figure's and up i sure would...


                i already do with winning a bunch of per year pick 4's in California

                and for years now living east coast here in N.C. God bless this man. Congratulations.Hurray!



                (Pay it Forward) for a good life ahead for you us all.White BounceHappy for this VA. gentlemen...Good luck with your lottery games, fellow LP players.G-night."

                Cassie($$$ ) Banana $13,000(8 out of 11 drawings!) May 2020 + I won a total of(pick 4)$22G's in 2019.Time 2 break the $ bank!

                1875 2134,8150,8153,2435, 2608,2680,2749, 4927, 7447 4477, 2446, 7664, 0806, 1952,5925.1956,1091,8602,9018 


                  Tang's avatar - abstract
                  Atlanta, Georgia
                  United States
                  Member #465
                  July 9, 2002
                  3758 Posts
                  Posted: May 12, 2020, 5:21 pm - IP Logged


                  There are more winning tickets sold near lottery headquarters in Richmond than anywhere else in Va. Why is that?

                  Don't forget to flip those 6's/9's.

                    Chasing $ Millions.
                    White Shores- California
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                    Member #136473
                    December 12, 2012
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                    Posted: May 13, 2020, 12:30 am - IP Logged

                    Jeff found " another" K117.  Here's how he did it..

                    digging wiener dog GIF by Giatec Scientific

                     * Voice of Reason *   


                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.


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                      March 19, 2020
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                      Posted: May 13, 2020, 11:07 am - IP Logged

                      That's great! Congrats to this guy. I love hearing about wins like this. Yes Nod