RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Petersburg man took a shot on the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game, and it paid off handsomely.
Michael Raines of Petersburg bought 40 plays for the June 8 nighttime Pick 4 drawing. Each of the 40 plays had the same numbers. It just happened that the four numbers Raines chose were the numbers drawn that night.
The top prize in the lottery’s Pick 4 game is $5,000, so Raines ended up collecting $200,000 in winnings.
The numbers, 1-2-2-0, Raines said, commemorate the day his mom died. He said in a statement, “It’s like she was looking out for me.”
Raines, who works as a dump truck operator, bought the 40 tickets at Little Food Market on Halifax St. in Petersburg.