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Virginia woman wins $1 million playing the lottery for the "last time"

Jan 28, 2021, 7:19 pm

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By Kate Northrop

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Don't quit, not quite!

A player from Virginia is glad she didn't stop playing the lottery too early after she won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket that was supposed to be her last.

Latasha Tucker of Lynchburg made the million-dollar decision to play the lottery just one last time before quitting for good.

On her way home form work, she purchased a ticket from the "20X the Money" game for $10 at Quik-E Food Store & Fried Chicken on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg and won the $1 million top prize.

"It's just surreal!" she exclaimed while claiming her prize. "It hasn't hit me yet!"

Tucker said that this was originally supposed to be the last time she would ever play the lottery since she hadn't won anything. According to the Virginia Lottery, she was in no hurry to scratch off the ticket because she "knew nothing was going to be on there."

Fortunately for her, she was mistaken. The once unlucky player became the very first top prize winner in the game, which was released on Jan. 5, 2021. Following her win, there are three top prizes of $1 million remaining. The odds of winning a top prize in the game are about 1 in 1.2 million.

The game also offers six second prizes of $10,000, none of which have been won yet, and ten third prizes of $5,000, of which one has been claimed.

Upon claiming her prize, Tucker had the option of either taking the full $1 million prize over 30 annual payments or a lump sum cash option of $602,410 before taxes. She went with the cash option.

The Quik-E Food Store & Fried Chicken will receive a $10,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

While this was supposed to be the last time Tucker ever played the lottery, there's a chance the win could change her mind, but we won't know for sure.

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cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

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By Kate Northrop

Don't quit, not quite!

A player from Virginia is glad she didn't stop playing the lottery too early after she won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket that was supposed to be her last.

Latasha Tucker of Lynchburg made the million-dollar decision to play the lottery just one last time before quitting for good.

On her way home form work, she purchased a ticket from the "20X the Money" game for $10 at Quik-E Food Store & Fried Chicken on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg and won the $1 million top prize.

"It's just surreal!" she exclaimed while claiming her prize. "It hasn't hit me yet!"

Tucker said that this was originally supposed to be the last time she would ever play the lottery since she hadn't won anything. According to the Virginia Lottery, she was in no hurry to scratch off the ticket because she "knew nothing was going to be on there."

Fortunately for her, she was mistaken. The once unlucky player became the very first top prize winner in the game, which was released on Jan. 5, 2021. Following her win, there are three top prizes of $1 million remaining. The odds of winning a top prize in the game are about 1 in 1.2 million.

The game also offers six second prizes of $10,000, none of which have been won yet, and ten third prizes of $5,000, of which one has been claimed.

Upon claiming her prize, Tucker had the option of either taking the full $1 million prize over 30 annual payments or a lump sum cash option of $602,410 before taxes. She went with the cash option.

The Quik-E Food Store & Fried Chicken will receive a $10,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

While this was supposed to be the last time Tucker ever played the lottery, there's a chance the win could change her mind, but we won't know for sure.

Quit while you're ahead!

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

    Tony Numbers's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg
    Bronx ny
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    And upon learning the exciting news she bought 1 million worth of scratch offs. Sadly they were all losers.

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      "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

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        Nice win!-weshar75

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          Simpsonville
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          Congratulations on her big win!

           

          First thing that came to mind is Drew Carey on TPIR.   The game where they have the price of a car close to the actual price and contestant says the name of the game...."That's too much".   Most contestants say one more and Drew says they always say that!   Same with her...just one more (ticket)!

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            Chasing $ Millions.
            White Shores- California
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            The last time l tried to pull that off mentally, it didn't work, so l am back chasing those elusive millions.

            * Good for her though.

             * 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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              Kentucky
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              Kentucky Lottery's "1-OFF" game has two more drawings and on Sunday, lots of players will be playing it for "last time". Maybe because it's a very strange game;didn't match a digit tonight and won $32.

              It's not my fault! I voted for Amy.

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                And upon learning the exciting news she bought 1 million worth of scratch offs. Sadly they were all losers.

                LOL!!!!! That's pretty good! I'm sure she'll play again. 600,000 after taxes does give you peace of mind though!LOL

                "We make a living by what you get, You make a LIFE by what you give!"

                                                                               Sir Winston ChurchillSun Smiley

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                  LOL!!!!! That's pretty good! I'm sure she'll play again. 600,000 after taxes does give you peace of mind though!LOL

                  s5thomps , no, sadly, the amount is $602k before Income Taxes withdrawn.

                  Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

                  Disney

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                    Do you know how many times I've "sworn off for good this time!" with regard to  buying lottery tickets?? 

                    Me neither because it's more than I can count. 

                    Although I do have to say that she was very smart buying the ticket she bought. "The odds of winning a top prize in the game are about 1 in 1.2 million."

                    In Lottery-Land those are some pretty decent odds.  G5

                    Players who've won large lottery jackpots have something in common. Many of them say "I've played the lottery for years, but I never won anything but small prizes."   That's normal or typical, but it's also why you should not get discouraged and stop playing.  Who knows?  Maybe someday you'll say "I've played the lottery for years...."