June 13, 2024

Winner winner: Virginia man goes out for chicken, wins $500,000


Winner, winner, rooster dinner – actually.

A Virginia man lately went to the grocery retailer to select up some rooster – and got here again half one million {dollars} richer.

Russell Gomes, of South Boston, Virginia, went to the Food Lion grocery retailer lately to purchase rooster, he advised the Virginia Lottery’s web site. 

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South Boston is positioned in southern Virginia, about 20 miles north of the North Carolina border. 

While he was procuring, he determined to purchase a scratch-off ticket – particularly, the Virginia Lottery’s “Magnificent 7s” scratcher.

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A visit to the grocery retailer paid off large time for Russell Gomes of South Boston, Virginina – he gained $500,000 in a scratch-off recreation.  (iStock / iStock)

Gomes, a tractor-trailer driver, went to scratch off his ticket within the retailer’s parking zone – and received the shock of a lifetime.

 “I really didn’t believe it!” he advised Lottery officers when he redeemed his successful ticket on May 3. “It feels nice!

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Gomes advised the Virginia Lottery that he plans on utilizing his winnings to repay a vacation that he had already scheduled. 

Magnificent 7s, the game Gomes played, has prizes ranging from $20 to $500,000, said the Virginia Lottery.

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Gomes told the Virginia Lottery that he will be using his winnings to go on vacation.  (iStock / iStock)

There are two additional $500,000 top prizes that have not been claimed, they said.

The Virginia Lottery was established in 1987, after Virginians voted in favor of creating a state-operated lottery. 

The first tickets were sold the following year, said the Virginia Lottery’s website.

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Since 1999, the Virginia Lottery’s profits have supported K-12 public education in the commonwealth, said its website.

In 2023, this amounted to more than $867 million that went to public education in the state. 

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The Virginia Lottery’s profits support schools in the commonwealth.  ( Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images / Getty Images)

This was about 10% of the commonwealth’s budget for K-12 schools, said the Virginia Lottery’s website. 

These funds are distributed throughout Virginia’s counties. 

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Gomes lives in Halifax County, noted the Virginia Lottery’s website, which received “greater than $4.4 million in Lottery funds for Ok-12 schooling final fiscal yr.”

During the 2023 fiscal yr, the Virginia Lottery had gross sales of $4.6 billion. 

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Of these gross sales, greater than $3.5 billion was distributed to lottery winners and the retailers who offered the successful tickets, stated the lottery’s web site.   



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