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Store Clerk, Customer Each Win $100,000 In Same Drawing

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John Wilson (left) and James Van Cleef (photos courtesy of The Virginia Lottery) John Wilson (left) and James Van Cleef (photos courtesy of The Virginia Lottery)

Dinwiddie, VA—After two men played the same series of numbers for Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 drawing in the same store, both won $100,000.

John Wilson, a regular customer of Nelson's Feed Store in Dinwiddie County, played the same set of numbers nearly every day in the Cash 5 contest: 5-24-26-30-33.

The store's manager, James Van Cleef, often waited on Wilson when he came to the store, and eventually memorized the numbers himself. He joked with Wilson, "I'm going to start playing those numbers with you, because I know them by heart."

But on July 28, all jokes were pushed aside when the numbers were drawn: both men had played the numbers, and both men won $100,000!

The same store sold a ticket to another big winner a few weeks earlier. Sylvia Rolfe won the top prize of $1 million in the Million Dollar Cash Bonanza Scratchier game with a ticket she bought from Nelson's Feed.

Cleef is hopeful that the big wins will garner some positive attention; he says "I think it's going to put our store on the map."

 

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