From Annandale to Virginia Beach and from Sterling to Danville, Virginia Lottery players are picking up some big wins recently.
The million-dollar list includes both lotto draw and scratch ticket winners.
Virginia Lottery players get another jackpot win
As it turns out, the Mudd family of Virginia has tremendous luck when it comes to the Virginia Lottery. They already had a 2019 million-dollar winner in their family, and just this month they added a $3 million winner.
Danny Mudd of Sterling recently won the $3 million top prize after buying a 50X the Money scratcher ticket. His brother Terry had won $1 million on another lottery scratcher three years ago.
Danny Mudd told Lottery officials that he couldn’t believe his big win: “I was like, ‘No, this can’t be!'”
The family’s most recent winner went with the one-time cash option rather than the full amount over 30 years. So, in all, Danny took home $1,875,000 before taxes.
The Sheetz convenience store at 21304 Windmill Parc Drive in Sterling sold Mudd the lucky scratcher. Prizes for the 50X the Money scratcher game land anywhere from $20 to $3 million. The Sterling win is the first $3 million scratcher to be redeemed. There are still three more out there, according to the Virginia Lottery.
Altogether, Virginia Lottery players have 1 in 1,836,000 odds to win that top prize.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet, Danny Mudd said. “I’m just smiling!”
Chances of winning any prize on a 50X the Money scratch ticket are 1 in 3.03.
Virginia Beach educator claims online lotto win
An educator and former school principal from Virginia Beach has a new homework assignment: Calculate the taxes on a $1 million win.
And there’s a lesson for us all from Alka Franceschi’s $1 million win: Always check your lottery tickets right away.
Franceschi went two weeks not knowing she was $1 million richer from her online Virginia Lottery play. An email from the Lottery following the Aug. 9 drawing alerted her to her winning status but it doesn’t specify the amount. She didn’t discover the windfall until she logged into her Virginia Lottery account.
“It really feels unbelievable,” she said.
She’d purchased her winning ticket through the Lottery website, valottery.com. She chose easy pick, allowing the computer to randomly pick what turned out to be very lucky numbers. All she missed was the Mega Ball number, which that night was 13.
A payday from the Annandale Safeway
Jose Flores Velasquez thought he won $600 in the 20X the Money game, but it turns out he only scratched the surface.
The Annandale resident was ready to claim the smaller amount, but when redeemed his winning 20X the Money ticket, lottery personnel pointed out that he was much, much luckier.
Velasquez beat odds of 1 in 1,754,400 for a $1 million win instead. The Safeway on Little River Turnpike sold him the scratcher ticket.
He chose the one-time cash option of $759,878 over getting the $1 million over 30 years. And Safeway receives $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
This is the second time someone has won the top prize playing 20X the Money, which offers prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. The Lottery has said one top prize remains unclaimed.
Velasquez told the lottery his plans for his big winnings include taking care of his family and maybe even starting a business of his own.
Virginia Lottery player in Danville has a ‘Mega’ Millionaire
Somewhere out there a $1 million winner goes about their daily business, not knowing they’ve hit a Mega Millions second-prize jackpot. Or maybe they’re just waiting to claim it.
That lucky someone bought the winning ticket at Sunrise 6 near the 2120 Franklin Turnpike in Danville. The winning numbers for the Sept. 20 drawing were 9-21-28-30-52, with a Mega Ball number of 10. Another $1 million winner had the first five numbers, too, but no one won the $277 million jackpot that night. Both million-dollar winners beat odds of 1 in 12,607,306.
The Lottery advises whoever holds the winning ticket to sign the back immediately. That will establish ownership. Next step: Contact the lottery to claim the win. Virginia Lottery players have 180 days from the drawing date to do so.