MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — A Mechanicsville man is $1 million richer after winning the top prize in a Virginia Lottery scratch-off game.
Rob Amos must have had an unusual look on his face as he stood in the 7-Eleven. The store manager came up to him and asked, “Are you alright?”
“I just won a million dollars!” he replied.
It was true. The Mechanicsville man had just scratched an All About the Benjamins ticket from the Virginia Lottery and become the game’s fifth top prize winner.
“It takes your breath away,” he said, as he claimed his prize.
Amos initially bought two tickets, one of which won $10. So he used the winnings to buy a third ticket.
“Something inside me said this is going to be the one,” he said. “The third time was a charm.”
He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6689 Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
All About the Benjamins is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the fifth top prize claimed in this game, which means one million-dollar prize has yet to be claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.11.