Virginia man scoops $1 million in Pick 4 with 200 plays in one drawing

Sep 29, 2022, 2:11 pm (29 comments)

Virginia Lottery

Can you think of a better bet?

By Kate Northrop

MCLEAN, Va. — A last minute splurge led to the Virginia Lottery paying out $1 million to one player after his 200 identical plays matched the winning numbers in a single Pick 4 drawing.

Ali Ghaemi might hold the crown for the greatest decision to splurge ever after he scooped a million dollars in one Virginia Lottery Pick 4 drawing with 200 identical plays.

On September 6, the Alexandria resident bought 200 plays for that night's Pick 4 drawing using the number combination 0-2-6-5. Each play costs $1, bringing his total spend for one drawing to $200.

Ghaemi's decision to put $200 down on one Pick 4 drawing had to do with timing and a feeling — he explained that he was preparing to leave town and decided to place a big bet to see what happens.

When his numbers came up that night in the drawing, something certainly happened. He won the game's $5,000 top prize 200 times for a total of $1 million.

Unlike most exuberant lottery winners in a similar situation, Ghaemi "took it all in stride," the Lottery said in a press release.

"I must tell you, I really haven't hit the ceiling," the retired real estate investor told the Lottery. "I can't tell you that I jumped up."

The winner bought all 200 tickets at the Safeway on Anderson Road in McLean for the September 6 drawing.

Pick 4 drawings take place twice a day at 1:59 pm EST and 11:00 pm EST. The odds of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

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Comments

Raven62's avatarRaven62

 Congrats to the Pick 4 Millionaire!

rdgrnr's avatarrdgrnr

Way to go, Ali.  👍

sam9009

Amazing. Congrats.

Cassie8620's avatarCassie8620

I'm loving it, always a firm believer, P4 with its better odds=  the way to go, and that's just proof again,

when i see this..."

 

My friend, he spent so much trying to win Mega and or P-Ball ,barely even winning a few bucks.

 

He now is playing more of the P4 games, for months now

 

I am very happy for this man. Very. Congrats, ALI!  Great Job!🤗

 

grwurston's avatargrwurston

Congrats Ali!!   

gunjack's avatargunjack

wow, to beat 1 and 10000 odds, unbelievable

EnReval

This what I call being in tune to your intuition

Artist77's avatarArtist77

All of these Virginia players buying a lot of tickets. I checked the VA lottery website and you can buy 100 pick 4 tickets as an option. I need a hunch from the lottery fairy to even buy 1.

Ranett's avatarRanett

Nice hunch, well done Ali.

reddog's avatarreddog

All I can say is WOW !! I wouldn't have the basketballs to do that !!!!!!!

Kpoppie65

God Bless you Sir!

Stack47

Considering the the odds of winning $200 matching 3 + 1 in MM is 1 in 14,547 and 1 in 14,494 for doing the same thing in PB to win $100, It should be obvious the pick 4 odds of 1 in 10,000 to win $5000 is a much better bet. 

And for the same $2, pick 4 players can get four chances to $2500.

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

This is totally awesome. Way to go lucky fella

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

I'm afraid that if these kind of winnings continue, the lottery party poopers will have to put a limit on everything. The house never likes to lose money. They will try to modify the game rules.

Lildarryl

Va always have these type of stories . Players winning pick 4 buying 100 tickets..  Check the back stories on Lotterypost

Cassie8620's avatarCassie8620

Quote: Originally posted by Stack47 on Sep 29, 2022

Considering the the odds of winning $200 matching 3 + 1 in MM is 1 in 14,547 and 1 in 14,494 for doing the same thing in PB to win $100, It should be obvious the pick 4 odds of 1 in 10,000 to win $5000 is a much better bet. 

And for the same $2, pick 4 players can get four chances to $2500.

YEP.just why i stick with #winning #better odds on a multiple pick 4... SO TRUE. much better odds $$$ PICK 4 is awesome, odds are great. better  than MEGA, POWERBALL odds. Without a doubt on that.

 

When it's over 100 million daddy say rigged, he always said it for a long time, and i believe it at times.

I believe it, but, i do not knock those who play it.I rarely do.

 

Should be DOZENS per state, winning a piece of the Billion Dollar Pie when it is so high, (prize money) and not "1"person.

 

Sticking with p4, love it.🤗 Gotta go check my P4's now, just came out where I am for now in NC. bye now.

 

G-night.

opt99$

Don't believe that would have happened with computerized drawings. Someone sleep at the controls.

opt99$

Good for him.

Latoya Marion

He got to be with Jaden Taylor group  look like they finding random people to hit lotto in that area so often got to be a inside job somebody telling them  the number. To play for pick 4 .

Tony Numbers's avatarTony Numbers

Wow considering 2 draws per day,he chose that draw and 0265. two hundred tickets" just to see what happens!" People usually "chase" a combo for 10 or twenty tickets twice a day then give up. Heard about a cop, played his badge# twenty dollars str. EVE. only he scored 100K--- lt took about a year though.

LottoBux's avatarLottoBux

Not The First Time In Virginia That Someone Has Won On Multiple P4 Plays.

 But $1 Million , Wow

https://www.lotterypost.com/news/338711 

 Won $100,000

https://www.lotterypost.com/news/341054

 Won $236,400

https://www.lotterypost.com/news/338310

 Won $200,000

https://www.lotterypost.com/news/325898

 Won $150,000

Bleudog101

Contacted VA lottery since I couldn't find the answer in their rules and regulations.

 

They have a cap out of $8 million for Pick 3 & 4, though did not specify if that amount was collectively or individually and verified they do use mechanical balls---but we all know they do!

 

Now will send a reply to them with a suggestion.   Perhaps pages of legal mumbo jumbo will come like it did for California lottery!

Number19King's avatarNumber19King

This is How I hit over $100,000 in FL 4444 this Week.  I Learned how to Play Lottery in VA where I was Seeing How Big the Wins Where and the Better I got the More $ I wanted To Put on the Table once I built up my Play Pot...Then I learned to Play FL, NC & GA the Same Way $$$$🤑

justadream

Just a thought ... maybe these people playing that many tickets know how to read the numbers posted by the lottery  on the ticket . They buy one and if it looks like a winner they buy several. ( I cringe every time I see an 8 on my ticket )

In any case... congrats to Ali and others who are lucky enough to win big !

LottoNoobie

VA seems to have some heavy hitters! Someone won $800,000 on 160 tickets. One guy won big by playing an address he saw in a movie. Odd for a RNG state

Bleudog101

Quote: Originally posted by LottoNoobie on Sep 30, 2022

VA seems to have some heavy hitters! Someone won $800,000 on 160 tickets. One guy won big by playing an address he saw in a movie. Odd for a RNG state

You are WRONG.   It is on LP that it is not a RNG state and email from them to me today confirmed that too.   Please get your facts straight before commenting.    Thank you!

increase's avatarincrease

Quote: Originally posted by LottoNoobie on Sep 30, 2022

VA seems to have some heavy hitters! Someone won $800,000 on 160 tickets. One guy won big by playing an address he saw in a movie. Odd for a RNG state

VA is not a RNG state.

rubyred

😄😄 me too!

bigguy5's avatarbigguy5

you  right  the  pick 4   was   3108,

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