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Truck Driver Gets In Gear With A $500,000 “Lightning 7’s” Ticket

What did Calvin Tuck of South Boston do when he realized the Lightning 7’s ticket in his hand was a $500,000 winner? Nothing.

“I just stood there,” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “I couldn’t move.”

He bought the ticket at 3 Forks Grocery at 1187 Bethel Road in Halifax.

On February 8, he received his $500,000 prize from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto.

Tuck, who works as a truck driver, said he hopes to use his winnings for home improvement and to help his family.

Lightning 7’s is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. This is the first ticket to win $500,000, which means there is one top-prize-winning ticket yet to be claimed.

Nearly 95 cents of each dollar spent on the Virginia Lottery by players goes back to the commonwealth in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retailer commissions.

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over more than $4 billion for Virginia’s public schools.

The latest annual profits of $439.1 million currently represent about 7 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. In 21 years, the Lottery has sold more than $21.1 billion in tickets, awarded more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions and paid more than $11.6 billion in prizes to players.