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Lightning strikes twice for Virginia man who won $1 million and $2.5 million

Aug 31, 2021, 9:49 am

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By Kate Northrop

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Virginia man had a taste of victory back in 2014 when he won $2.5 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket, but nothing said he couldn't win again.

Last week, Michael Worsham of Chesapeake won his second big instant game prize, a not-too-shabby $1 million, seven years after winning a $2.5 million top prize on another scratch-off game.

Worsham had been having a lucky streak even before he had won his first major prize in 2014. Right before buying the winning "Right on the Money" lottery ticket in December 2014, he had won $100 playing other Virginia Lottery games. He decided to use those winnings to pick out the lucky scratch-off ticket at the 7-Eleven on North Eden Way in Chesapeake.

"It's one of my favorite games," Worsham told the Lottery in 2014.

He went out to his car to scratch it off and revealed something he'd never seen before.

"I triple-taked," he recalled. "I couldn't believe it."

Sitting right before him was a lottery ticket worth $2.5 million.

The winner, who owns a small business called Worsham Plumbing, took the game's top prize as a one-time cash option of $1,437,500 before taxes. He claimed the fifth top prize in the "Right on the Money" game, leaving just one top prize left. With the winnings, he said he hoped to fund his children's college education.

The convenience store received a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

Fast forward seven years, and it doesn't seem like his luck has run out.

Worsham stopped at yet another 7-Eleven convenience store to play the lottery, this one on Butts Station Road in Chesapeake and about a 15-minute drive away from the one he visited in 2014. He picked out a ticket from the $30 "Extreme Millions" instant game.

Similarly to his last big win, he had to do a double-take when he saw what was on his ticket.

"I thought maybe I'd won a hundred dollars," he told the Lottery as he claimed his second big prize last week. "I looked at it again and said, 'This is a million!'"

Worsham scooped up a $1 million second prize and took home the cash option of $657,030 before taxes. The 7-Eleven location also fared well, walking away with a $10,000 bonus for selling the winner his lucky lottery ticket.

Now with a second big prize in his pocket, Worsham wants to invest the winnings and take care of his children.

The small business owner claimed the tenth second prize in the "Extreme Millions" game, leaving two more $1 million prizes remaining. The game also features four top prizes of $10 million, three of which have been claimed, and 13 third prizes of $20,000, 11 of which have been claimed. According to the Lottery, $10 million is the largest prize offered in any Virginia Lottery scratch-off game.

The odds of winning the top prize in the "Extreme Millions" game, which launched in October 2017, are about 1 in 2.94 million.

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Simpsonville
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Speechless @ his lucky streak.

 

Wonder if he has any employees?  A little taste for them would be nice.

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    * Being at the right place & right time is all it takes & those lightning strikes can pay off. It is not a respecter of persons either, given that it handed out prizes to folk like Edwards, Duke & Shakespeare. Cool

     * Voice of Reason *   

    * The Truth Hurts *

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

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      I'm shocked that nobody has commented on those brilliant photos yet. Taken 7 years apart, yet he still remembered to make that same over-expression he did the last time. Legendary Michael! 👍

       

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        * In hot pursuit of $ *
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        I'm shocked that nobody has commented on those brilliant photos yet. Taken 7 years apart, yet he still remembered to make that same over-expression he did the last time. Legendary Michael! 👍

        Actually, l passed on that maestro. I wanted to comment that he had more hair back then as well but decided against it. Nevertheless...Cool

         * Voice of Reason *   

        * The Truth Hurts *

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

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          Gallatin Tennesee
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          Congratulations to Mr. Worsham. I have heard that the plumbing business can be hit or miss, so I am sure the second prize is just as welcome as the 1st one 7 years earlier. I am surprised that the store selling the winning ticket in both 2014 and 2021 received the exact same amount of $10,000, even thou one ticket was 1 million and the other was 2 and a half million. Is there some type of preset amount that stores can receive regardless of the amount won by the customer.? Is selling a 200million Powerball basically the same as selling a 2 million dollar scratch off in the eyes of the lottery? How does that work for the merchants? Maybe I'm missing something here.

          Thinking of...Green laughType

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            I'm shocked that nobody has commented on those brilliant photos yet. Taken 7 years apart, yet he still remembered to make that same over-expression he did the last time. Legendary Michael! 👍

            I noticed the expressions on his face,but I really noticed the lack of hair on his head the second time.

            Like I should talk about THAT. LOL.

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              Actually, l passed on that maestro. I wanted to comment that he had more hair back then as well but decided against it. Nevertheless...Cool

              I Agree!

              But he has enough money to buy some hair!

              Good luck.

               

               

              See Ya!

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                Eek Excellent story!

                There is hope...Big Smile

                I am a millionaire!