, 2014

Believe it: Rowe wins $1 million

RICHMOND—Virginia Lottery officials last week announced that William Rowe of White Stone recently won a $1 million top prize.

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William Rowe recently won a $1 million top prize on a 20X the Money scratch ticket.

Rowe was on his way to do a load of laundry when he stopped and bought a 20X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. When he later scratched the ticket while sitting in his car, he discovered he’d won the $1 million top prize.

 “No one believed me at first,” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “Not even my mom.”

 Rowe, who described himself as a “sometimes” lottery player, bought the winning ticket at Buoy Food & Deli at 500 Rappahannock Drive in White Stone.

 He had a choice of taking the full $1 million over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $766,500 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

 20X the Money is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 all the way to that $1 million top prize. Since this is the first top-prize ticket claimed, two remain unclaimed.

 Rowe works as a bartender. He said he hopes to invest his winnings and buy a new car.

 Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $487.1 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2012.

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