The Virginia Lottery issued the following news release:
When Vera Dodson of Collinsville received a small box from her son-in-law for cheap rings, she thought it might be a piece of jewelry. Instead, it was ticket #140601 in the Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle. When she checked the winning numbers after the New Year's Day drawing, she realized the ticket was worth $25,000.
"I looked at it and kept looking at it and said, 'No, this can't be right!'" she told Lottery officials.
The ticket was bought at Nani's Corner, located at 4900 Kings Mountain Road in Collinsville.
Her ticket was one of six $25,000 winning tickets in Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle and one of two bought in Collinsville. The others were bought in Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Radford and Jarratt. Three tickets won the top prize of $1 million each. Those tickets cheap tiffany purchased in Yorktown, Richmond and Burke. An additional 300 tickets each won $500. A total of 330,000 tickets were printed for the raffle.
Ms. Dodson, who is retired, said her winnings will help pay for a previously planned cruise.
Nearly 95 cents of each dollar spent on the Virginia Lottery by players goes back to the Commonwealth in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retailer commissions. Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over more than $4 billion for Virginia's public schools. The latest annual profits of $439.1 million currently represent about 7 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. In 21 years, the Lottery has sold more than $21.1 billion in tickets, silver bracelets more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions and paid more than $11.6 billion in prizes to players.
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