"Is it real?"
That's the question Gregory Parker of Nelsonia asked himself as he looked at the winning numbers from the July 17 Cash 5 night drawing.
It was real. His ticket matched all five numbers to win the top prize of $100,000.
He bought the ticket at E & C VA, located at 16110 Lankford Highway in Nelsonia. The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-9-16-31-32. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.
There is an even bigger prize in Mr. Parker's future. He plans to use some of his winnings to pay for his upcoming wedding.
Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.
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 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. In 21 years, the Lottery has sold more than $21.1 billion in tickets, awarded more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions and paid more than $11.6 billion in prizes to players.
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