Check your tickets! Somewhere there is a ticket from the September 29 Powerball drawing that is now worth $1 million. It was bought at the Food Lion at 1100 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 14-18-28-29-57 and the Powerball number 8. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.
Whoever has this winning ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The Virginia Lottery advises that before doing anything else, the winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket to establish ownership. When the person is ready to claim the million-dollar prize, he or she should contact the Virginia Lottery at 804-692-7000.
Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com and on the Lottery's Facebook page.
Other recent local winners:
Brent Smith was feeling lucky when he walked into a store, appropriately named Lucky's. He bought a pair of Queen of Hearts tickets from the Virginia Lottery, scratched them and won the top prize of $125,000.
"I scratched the ticket, then I double and triple and quadruple-checked it," he said as he claimed his prize.
He bought the ticket at Lucky's – Woodlake, 14746 Village Square Place in Midlothian.
When asked how he intends to spend his winnings, Mr. Smith replied, "I know that we'll make good use of it."
Queen of Hearts is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $125,000. This is the third top prize claimed in Queen of Hearts, which means two top-prize tickets are unclaimed.
Anh N. Nguyen of North Chesterfield has an interesting method of selecting the numbers on her Mega Millions ticket. She uses her birthday and the hour in which she buys the ticket.
That's how she won $250,000 in the September 18 Mega Millions drawing. Her ticket matched the first five numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.
She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6131 Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-9-22-36-49 and the Mega Ball number was 36. Her ticket was one of two in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing, and one of just five nationwide.
She said she hopes to buy a new car with her winnings.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery's Facebook page. The odds of winning the $250,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 3,904,701.
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