- Last Updated on 04:29 PM 01/02/14
- BY Danielle Vaughn
Three lucky people entered the New Year a million dollars richer after winning the Virginia New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and one of those winners who happened to purchase his lucky ticket from a store in Halifax County is ready to come forward and claim his prize.
Friday at 11 a.m. the winner will receive his oversized check from Lottery officials, according to John Hagerty, Virginia Lottery communications specialist.
The presentation will take place at the Virginia Lottery’s Central Virginia Customer Service Center in Farmville.
The winning ticket was purchased from the Apple Market located at 3225 Halifax Road in South Boston and possibly was purchased on Monday, according to Store Manager Mealie Sulter.
The winning number is 19966.
The million-dollar cash prize is the store’s largest ever winner, although they did have a player win a few thousand dollars two or three years ago, Sulter said.
The new store manager said she is really excited about the win having only been manager there for a few months.
The store will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket, she added.
Hagerty said often for a win of this magnitude, people may take longer to claim their prize because they might be taking time to get all their affairs in order and possibly speak with a financial advisor.
Hagerty said they recommend winners do that because “big tax implications” are involved with a prize of this size.
The other two additional million-dollar winners purchased their tickets from a 7-Eleven in Woodbridge and a State Line Exxon in Clearbrook.
Also six $25,000 winners purchased tickets in Lexington, Harrisonburg, Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers.
Another 300 tickets each won $500, and the winning numbers are posted at the Virginia Lottery’s website http://www.valottery.com/.
Players also may call the Virginia Lottery Player Information Line at 804-662-LUCK.
“When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2013,” Hargerty said.
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