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South Boston Powerball Bonus Raffle winner comes forward

Albert Logan of South Boston claimed his $100,000 winnings Monday, according to Virginia Lottery Communications Specialist John Hagerty. “Oh man, I’ve got the winning ticket!”

That’s how Albert Logan reacted when he discovered he had the top-prize-winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s Powerball Bonus Raffle. His ticket, #1575607, was drawn from 3 million entries in the March 1 drawing to win $100,000.

Logan received the $100,000 winning ticket at Apple Market, 3225 Halifax Road in South Boston, when he bought a Powerball ticket there. The tractor-trailer operator told Lottery officials he has been planning to retire within the next year or so, so the win comes at a particularly good time.

“I jumped up and down and said ‘Thank you, Lord,’” the South Boston man told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize.

Logan had a total of 14 tickets in the Powerball Bonus Raffle. The tickets were given to Virginia Lottery players who bought Powerball tickets on or after Jan. 15.  Players could also purchase the tickets separately for $1. It took just three and a half weeks, until Feb. 8, for all 3 million raffle tickets to be given away.

The Powerball Bonus Raffle helped introduce Virginia players to upgrades in the Powerball game, including higher minimum jackpots, improved odds and a $2 price point, beginning Jan. 15.

An additional 400 tickets each win $250. Those numbers are now posted at the Virginia Lottery’s website: Players also can call the Virginia Lottery Player Information Line at 804-662-LUCK.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on and on the Lottery’s Facebook page.

The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $444 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2011.

That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia.