An Elizabeth City, North Carolina man who bought a lottery ticket on a whim after getting stuck in Chesapeake traffic won a $12.6 million jackpot, the Virginia Lottery announced Thursday.
Hubert Griffin, a retired U. S. Army staff sergeant and former North Carolina corrections officer, was the only ticket holder to match all six numbers of the Lotto South jackpot on Saturday.
It was the largest Virginia Lottery jackpot ever won by a North Carolinian, said Ed Scarborough, a Virginia Lottery spokesman.
Griffin accepted the cash-option prize Thursday in Richmond along with his wife, Anna Louise, and grandson, Kinta.
He said hes going to take time to figure out what he wants to do, Scarborough said. For now, he wants to just help family members. His wife said she wants to build her dream house.
Griffin was driving home to Elizabeth City after shopping in Virginia when he got stuck in traffic, Scarborough said.
Griffin stopped at the 7-Eleven at 120 North George Washington Highway in Chesapeake and bought a ticket with the winning numbers 02-03-10-11-17-42 for the Saturday drawing.
Scarborough said Griffin had not used those numbers, which represent important family dates, in more than 10 years.
The Chesapeake 7-Eleven, which sold the winning ticket, will receive a $25,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.
Hubert Griffin, a retired U. S. Army staff sergeant and former N.C. corrections officer, collects his winnings Thursday in Richmond along with his wife, Anna Louise.