NASCAR fan wins $75.6M lottery jackpot
The start of 2009 was not a good one for Joe Denette.
The Thornburg man was laid off in January from his job at Brookfield Homes, where he had worked as a service technician for the last seven years. A message he posted on his Facebook page said it all: You don't work, you don't eat.
But that didn't stop him from participating in two of his cherished hobbies--watching NASCAR races and playing the lottery.
His luck began to change when he won four tickets to the May 2 NASCAR race in Ric ...
May 13, 2009, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
3 lottery players share $225M Mega Millions jackpot
Three players, in California, Ohio and Virginia, will share the $225 million jackpot from the latest Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing, taking about $75 million apiece.
The next Mega Millions drawing, Tuesday night, will feature a jackpot of $12 million.
In addition to the grand prize winners from Friday night's drawing, 21 players, won second prizes of $250,000 apiece: 2 from California, 4 from Illinois, 1 from Maryland, 3 from New Jersey, 9 from New York, and 2 from Texas. The se ...
May 2, 2009, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Man plays same number on 20 lottery tickets, wins $90K
A North Carolina man has a knack for picking the winning number for Virginia Lottery drawings.
The Virginia Lottery said Wednesday that Steve Granger of Henderson, N.C., won $90,800 in Sunday night's Pick 4 drawing by playing the same number combination, 5-1-1-7, on 20 tickets.
Sixteen tickets each won $5,000 because Granger wagered exact order on them. The other four tickets each won $2,700 because he wagered 50/50 on them.
Granger said if he has a feeling about a number, he'll play it ...
Apr 16, 2009, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery's New Year's raffle winning numbers
The Virginia Lottery's latest raffle-style game, New Year's Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Wednesday, and made four instant millionaires.
The winning numbers for all prize levels can be found on Lottery Post's Virginia Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/va).
A total of 440,000 of the $20 tickets were available for purchase. Most tickets were sold out prior to the drawing.
In addition to the four top jackpots of $1 million, other prizes include 4 winners of $50,000 and 400 ...
Jan 1, 2009, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia man wins 11 times in one lottery drawing
James Peterson of Hampton, Virginia, doesn't make it a habit to buy so many tickets when he plays the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game, but he made an exception last Saturday.
I just had a feeling, he later said.
He purchased 11 tickets for the Dec 13 drawing and he also purchased one ticket each for his two sons. All 13 tickets contained the same five numbers: 10-13-18-23-30. Each ticket won $100,000.
Peterson's winnings came to $1.1 million.
He purchased the tickets at three differe ...
Dec 17, 2008, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
$100,000 Virginia lottery prize expires today
A lucky winner stands to net $207 million in Friday's Mega Millions lottery draw, but someone in Hampton, Virginia, faces losing $100,000.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the largest since Feb. 22, said Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty.
The pick-six numbers game is played in 12 states. The last winner, from Rockmart, Ga., received $42 million in October, Hagerty said.
Although lottery sales are down 3 percent over the same period in 2007, they have increased in recent days beca ...
Dec 12, 2008, 10:19 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery to award partial prizes for faulty game
Amounts to about 25% of full prize; some players disappointed
Lottery officials announced Thursday that people who had bought misprinted tickets for a recently added game that said they'd won will receive some compensation for the tickets.
According to a news release, they reached an agreement with its gaming services provider regarding the problem with the Fast Play Super 7's game. As a result, the Lottery, while not able to pay the expected prizes, is able to give some compensation to pl ...
Oct 31, 2008, 8:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Human error caused expensive Va. Lottery mistake
New Game Generated More Than 600 Winning Tickets
Debra and Raul Bennett are faithful lottery players, though in nearly 15 years of playing they never had won much more than pocket money.
So on Sunday, when the retired Hampton, Va., couple realized they had a winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery's brand-new Fast Play Super 7s game, they were ecstatic. Plans for spending the $7,777 the game's top prize came fast and furious.
But when the Bennetts went to the Hampton Virginia Lottery o ...
Oct 22, 2008, 6:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia winners may have to pay for Lottery's mistake
Sometimes lotto luck lies underneath the surface of a scratch-off ticket. Sometimes it lies in the bounce of a ball. And sometimes it lies with the Virginia attorney general's office.
Hundreds of players thought they had struck gold when lottery terminals errantly spit out tickets that appeared to have won them as much as $7,777. Turns out it was a computer programming error, not lady luck.
Now the state's top lawyers will consult with the Virginia Lottery to decide whether the players get ...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery's 20th birthday raffle drawing held
The Virginia Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Virginia's 20th Birthday Raffle, was drawn Saturday, and made one instant millionaire.
The winning numbers can be found here:
Virginia's 20th Birthday Raffle is a raffle game offered by the Virginia Lottery, with a limited period of availability of $5 tickets.
The Birthday raffle differed from most other raffles conducted by Virginia and other states, that there ...
Sep 21, 2008, 11:20 pm - Lottery News forum