Virginia lottery players won $750 million in 2004
The Virginia Lottery says players won just under $750 million dollars in prizes during the last calendar year.Five winners became millionaires.According to lottery officials, the five largest prizes of 2004 included one Mega Millions jackpot, three Lotto South jackpots and one scratch ticket. The winners hailed from northern Virginia, Richmond, North Carolina and two from the Shenandoah Valley. The biggest prize was a Mega Millions jackpot of $239 million dollars, the largest prize in the histo ...
Jan 10, 2005, 2:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery loses its shirt on triple-eights
8-8-8 was great, great, great for lots of Virginians yesterday afternoon.Triple numbers in the Pick 3 Virginia Lottery are the most popular played, and yesterday was no exception.A total of 12,118 tickets were sold with the winning combination, Lottery spokeswoman Jill Vaughan said. Players spent $357,870 on the tickets and won $3,028,925 in prizes, she said.Because players could buy 50-cent tickets as well as $1 tickets, the Virginia Lottery did not have a breakdown on how many people won $250 ...
Dec 28, 2004, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
One winner in $5 million Lotto South drawing
There was one big winner in Saturday's $5 million Lotto South drawing, Virginia Lottery officials said Sunday.The winning numbers were 4, 14, 29, 31, 37 and 48. The winning ticket was purchased in Virginia.The ticket was sold at the M R Mart on King Street in Strasburg, lottery spokesman Cherie Phaup said Sunday night.Sixteen tickets matched five numbers to win $1,707 and 1,159 tickets matched four to win $92.Wednesday's drawing reverts to $2 million.
Dec 6, 2004, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery reporting record first-quarter sales
The Virginia Lottery is hitting the jackpot - again.The state-run numbers game announced yesterday that first-quarter sales for the budget year that began July 1 are the best ever since the lottery was started in 1988.Sales reached $304.2 million, topping the previous record by approximately $27 million. Record sales for the first quarter - a period when sales are usually slack - have been reported for the past three years.Two months ago, Gov. Mark R. Warner announced record profits for the just ...
Oct 29, 2004, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery Celebrates 16th Anniversary
When the Virginia Lottery sold its first ticket on September 20, 1988, there was excitement and anticipation, but also uncertainty. There was no guarantee that a lottery in Virginia was going to succeed and benefit the Commonwealth.But succeeded it has. In the sixteen years since the first ticket was sold, the Virginia Lottery has sold $14.3 billion in tickets and turned over more than $4.9 billion to the Commonwealth.Since 1999, Virginia Lottery revenues have gone directly to public education ...
Sep 29, 2004, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
Fortune Cookies Net Winning Mega Numbers
It pays to eat Chinese.Three Virginians who had fortune cookies for dessert at Chinese restaurants they visited used the numbers they received to win $175,000 each in the July 27 Mega Millions drawing.Sandra Howell of Moneta, Kiry Enn of Richmond and Raymond Sawyer of Chesapeake held three of seven tickets that were good for the second-place prize. The tickets matched the first five Mega Millions numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.It's the first time eating Chinese has paid off to that e ...
Aug 18, 2004, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery posts record profits
The Virginia Lottery turned a record profit for the third consecutive year, topping $400 million for the first time since the lottery's inception 16 years ago, officials announced Wednesday.Penelope W. Kyle, the lottery's executive director, presented a large ceremonial check for $408 million to Gov. Mark R. Warner at a news conference at lottery headquarters. The Virginia Constitution requires the state to use the money for public schools.The profit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was 8. ...
Aug 5, 2004, 6:50 am - Lottery News forum
Man whose house burned down wins lottery
A Virginia man who lost all of his belongings when his house burned down during Hurricane Isabel last year has won a $150,000 lottery prize. Lot of problems gone, said Sherbie Tucker, who works for Teamsters Local 822 in Norfolk.Tucker bought his $5 winning ticket Friday from Tom and Jerry's Quick Stop in Smithfield. There were four Friday Night Poker tickets in the state with the top prize of $150,000.Tucker is the second winner, according to Virginia Lottery officials. The other two prizes ha ...
Jul 14, 2004, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Mega Millions Madness
In whats arguably the luckiest convenient store in the Shenandoah Valley Thursday, Elsie Cekala had the worst fortune.Cekala lost a $20 bill at the Red Apple Country Store on Fairfax Pike in Stephens City.Funny thing is, she went in trying to win $290 million.The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to record heights again. Customers are flocking to the Red Apple, hoping to be stroked with the same luck as Frederick County resident J.R. Triplett, who purchased the winning ticket for a $239 million d ...
Jul 2, 2004, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia kidney donor wins lottery
Michelle Mitzi Nichols mother always told her if you do good deeds, theyll come back to you.And nearly three years after she became the first person in Hampton Roads to donate a kidney to a stranger, the Beach resident has won $500,000 from the Virginia Lottery.I was in shock, she said Tuesday, after claiming her check at the state lottery office in Hampton. I couldnt believe it I still cant believe it. I never thought this could happen to me.The chances of winning the $500,000 prize are one in ...
Jun 16, 2004, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum