Suffolk woman claims $1 million lottery winnings

Published 11:38 am Friday, April 26, 2024

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Delores Smith doesn’t usually play Mega Millions unless the jackpot gets really large. That was certainly the case on March 19 when the jackpot for that night’s drawing was an estimated $893 million.

The Suffolk woman asked her husband to buy her a ticket. He bought it at Joe’s Kwik Mart, located at 1555 Holland Road in Suffolk.

That ticket didn’t win the jackpot, but it did match the first five winning numbers to win $1 million.

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“It’s unbelievable!” Smith told Lottery officials as she redeemed the winning ticket.

The winning numbers in the March 19 drawing were 24, 46, 49, 62, and 66, and the Mega Ball number was 7. Her husband used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on the ticket.

This ticket was the only one in Virginia in that drawing to match the first five numbers and one of just four nationwide.

Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 12,607,306. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

All Virginia Lottery profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. Smith lives in Suffolk, which received more than $10.3 million in Lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. In Fiscal Year 2023, the Lottery raised more than $867 million for K-12 education, making up approximately 10 percent of Virginia’s total K-12 school budget.

For a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page. For general information or to play games online, visit the Virginia Lottery’s website or download the Lottery’s app. Connect with the Lottery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.