It’s Victory Cigars For A $500,000 Virginia Lottery Winner

Written By Russ Mitchell on August 29, 2022
Virginia Lottery scratch ticket

Sometimes that stogie can become a victory cigar when you add a Virginia Lottery scratch ticket to the purchase.

That’s what Sherod Hawkins of Palmyra found out when he bought his cigars and a Payday Bonu$ scratch ticket. He made the buy at the start of the weekend from the Crofton Plaza Fas Mart in Palmyra. He told the Virginia Lottery:

“I was in the store and I looked up and saw that ticket. I said ‘OK, let’s go ahead and get it.'”

Payday Bonu$ prizes range from $20 to $500,000. Hawkins came away with the top prize. He played his scratcher right there in the Fas Mart parking lot.

“I thought: ‘Wait a minute. This can’t be right,'” he said.

The Virginia Lottery says two more $500,000 Payday prizes haven’t been claimed yet. Hawkins had — and Virginia Lottery customers have — a 1-in-1,672,800 chance of winning.

How to play the Payday Bonu$ Virginia Lottery scratch ticket

This one is pretty easy. Each Payday Bonu$ scratcher has a grid of 20 squares. Each square has a set of numbers that looks like: 21|60 or 40|34. You win if the two numbers in the square match (21|21, for example). The prize amount is listed directly under the matching pair. The game features a 10x bonus as well.

We mentioned that Hawkins claimed the first of three $500,000 wins in the game. Here’s a breakdown of the prizes still left in Payday Bonu$ as of Aug. 29.

  • $5,000 wins — 24 of 30 left
  • $500 — 1,904 of 2,396 left
  • $200 — 6,597 of 8,181 left
  • $100 — 72,818 of 90,180 left
  • $20 to $70 wins — 487,990 of 604,275 left

The overall odds of any win from your $10 ticket are 1-in-6.97.

Virginia Lottery products have generated more than $11 billion in K-12 public schools since 1999. The amount includes $779 million from the most recent fiscal year.

Lottery proceeds cover about 10% of Virginia’s education budget.

The Virginia Lottery scratchers range in price from $1 to $30.The Extreme Millions scratch game had the top possible scratch ticket prize at $10 million, but someone already claimed the winner.

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Russ Mitchell covered news and sports in Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most decorated community newspapers in the state. He joined PlayIA as a lead writer and managing editor in 2021. He anxious to explore the growing Virginia gaming industry.

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