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Web staff | May 2, 2011
There are teachers and then they' are Super Teachers. Wade Whitehead falls in as one of the latter. The fifth grade teacher at Crystal Spring Elementary in Roanoke had no idea when he walked into the jam packed gym Monday afternoon that everyone was there for him. The Virginia Lottory picked him for the Super Teacher Award out of 13 hundred nominations throughout the state. "I think of myself as unemployed because I get to do what I love to do," said Mr. Whitehead.
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Orlando Salinas | May 22, 2013
Pulaski High School has a super teacher. Today the entire student body gathered in the school gym for what they thought was just an "end of the year" assembly. Turns out, the meeting was all about honoring Bethany Schafer as one of 8 super teachers of the year. Bethany's been teaching at Pulaski High School for only two years and said she had no idea this was all about her. "I honestly didn't know. I thought that it was going be like a famous politician or a musician. I'm supposed to be doing the yearbook pictures right now so I'm like 'I'm just going to wear whatever'.
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Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | May 30, 2012
When it comes to winning the lottery, winning even just one time means you've beaten the odds. But how about winning three times? Two of those times she won after buying tickets from the same convenience store. It may be just a prop, but that big fat $100,000 check  in Donna Kolis' hands has her smiling. "This is unreal. It's crazy. Yeah. It really is," Kolis said Two weeks ago at the Kangaroo Express in Wytheville, Donna kept scratching her Jewel 7 ticket until she had a $100,000  smile.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 30, 2013
Two lucky people from our area are celebrating some lucky wins. Alisha Freeman, who lives in Christiansburg, got her hands on a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million. She bought it at Wilco Food Mart in Christiansburg. Freeman says it was the $360 million Powerball jackpot that caught her eye. She matched the first five numbers after buying an Easy pick ticket. Those tickets allow the computer to generate a series of random numbers. But, she said, she knew she was going to win. "I was so confident that I was going to win and I had been telling everybody that I was going to win and I won and it's just like, I knew it.  I just had that feeling like I was going to win,” Freeman said.
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Susan Bahorich and reporter | November 30, 2010
Twenty-fourth district Delegate Ben Cline plans to ask the General Assembly for an independent audit of the Virginia Lottery. Cline claims wasteful spending has diverted millions of dollars from Virginia classrooms. In addition to expensive licensing agreements for games like "Redskins Legacy," the Republican claims lottery staff used a luxury skybox which was supposed to only be used by winners of the game and their guests. "We need to bring in somebody from the outside to study their business practices, advertising practices and come up with some better solutions on how to use their advertising budget," says Delegate Ben Cline, Republican 24th District.
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Web Staff and GALAX, Va | February 6, 2013
A Galax man is $200,000 dollars richer. William Jones bought a "Win It All" scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery at the Kangaroo Express on South Main Street in Galax. And he won the top prize. Jones didn't plan on buying the ticket when he stopped at the store. He says he just wanted to pick-up a soft drink.   Here's the news release from the Virginia Lottery ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Galax man “wins it all” for $200,000 He takes top prize in  Win It All  Scratcher game   William Jones  was on his way to work when he bought a  Win It All Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | March 30, 2012
Imagine if you could guarantee a win in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing. The odds make that virtually impossible, but a drawing two decades ago was a different story.   In 1992, the Virginia lottery was just a few years old, and a $27 million jackpot was a big deal. During the second week of February, people were lining up to buy tickets "They told me it's just a lot, 25 million or something like that, so I just decided to play," one customer told WDBJ7.  "Yeah, I'm just hoping I'll be lucky this time.
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WDBJ7 Staff Writer | January 2, 2013
Some people in our state are celebrating the New Year as millionaires! Four, one million dollar winners were picked for the New Year's Millionaire Raffle through the Virginia Lottery.   The tickets were sold in Springfield, Midlothian, Highland Springs, and Broadway.  Four, 50,000 dollar winners were also drawn.     Those winning tickets were bought in Chester, Hampton, Dayton, and Glenns.  400 people are $500 dollar winners.     If you think you won, you can check the winning raffle ticket numbers on the Virginia Lottery website . Compared to the normal lottery the odds of winning were pretty good.    You had about a one in 1,000 chance of winning a prize.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | January 1, 2011
A winning ticket from the the New Year's Millionaire Raffle was sold at a Roanoke area grocery store. The Virginia Lottery says one of the winning jackpot tickets was purchased at the Kroger on Kingston Drive in Daleville.  Two additional winning tickets were sold in Alexandria, and Sterling. The top three winners will receive $1 million each. Six additional winners in Saturday's drawing will receive $25,000, and 300 will receive $500 each. The winning ticket numbers are available on the Virginia Lottery website or by calling the lottery's information line at (804)
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | September 22, 2010
The million dollar question was finally answered Wednesday when a Martinsville man cashed in on a Power Play lotto ticket. Woodrow Galloway could barely get a word out before going on to his next thought.  That's how excited he was. "Normally I just go and hit the bed but I stayed up till 3:30 this morning," says Woodrow Galloway, the Virginia Lottery's million dollar Powerball winner. The 70-year-old former Martinsville police officer and his wife bought four tickets back in April.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 30, 2013
Two lucky people from our area are celebrating some lucky wins. Alisha Freeman, who lives in Christiansburg, got her hands on a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million. She bought it at Wilco Food Mart in Christiansburg. Freeman says it was the $360 million Powerball jackpot that caught her eye. She matched the first five numbers after buying an Easy pick ticket. Those tickets allow the computer to generate a series of random numbers. But, she said, she knew she was going to win. "I was so confident that I was going to win and I had been telling everybody that I was going to win and I won and it's just like, I knew it.  I just had that feeling like I was going to win,” Freeman said.
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Orlando Salinas | May 22, 2013
Pulaski High School has a super teacher. Today the entire student body gathered in the school gym for what they thought was just an "end of the year" assembly. Turns out, the meeting was all about honoring Bethany Schafer as one of 8 super teachers of the year. Bethany's been teaching at Pulaski High School for only two years and said she had no idea this was all about her. "I honestly didn't know. I thought that it was going be like a famous politician or a musician. I'm supposed to be doing the yearbook pictures right now so I'm like 'I'm just going to wear whatever'.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 17, 2013
The estimated jackpot for Saturday's Powerball jackpot has grown to $600 million. ============================ Original story from Thursday, May 16 Saturday's Powerball jackpot has grown to $550 million, according to the Virginia Lottery. The Virginia Lottery says the jackpot has grown because of stronger-than-expected sales. ============================ 8:57 a.m. Thursday : Someone in Christiansburg has $1 million to spend, and they may not know it yet. While no one won the $360 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night, a winning $1 million ticket was bought at the Wilco Food Mart at 204 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 26, 2013
A Timberville woman has claimed a $2 million Powerball prize. The Virginia Lottery says Belinda Turman bought a ticket matching the first five numbers in the April 17 Powerball drawing. Normally that would win $1 million, but Thurman spent an extra dollar for the Power Play option to double her prize. If she had matched one more number, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $80 million. Turman allowed the computer to pick the numbers when she bought the ticket at a Food Lion store in Timberville.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 26, 2013
Have you checked your old lottery tickets lately? One lucky person hasn't and it could cost them $250,000. The Virginia Lottery is waiting for the ticket holder to come forward before time runs out. A quarter million dollar winning ticket left the Danville Fas Mart in September and hasn't resurfaced since. Employee Temekia Reeves believes she met the winner. "And it's a sad thing if don't nobody come and claim it. I wish it was me," Reeves said. She didn't find out until yesterday it was sold at the store.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 25, 2013
Someone in Danville may be missing out on a chance to cash in $250,000. A winning Mega Millions ticket was sold for the Sept. 11 drawing at the Fas Mart on South Boston Road in Danville. However, whoever bought the ticket has not claimed the prize yet. By law, a winner has 180 days after the drawing to claim the winning ticket. That means whoever won the $250,000 prize has until 5 p.m. March 11 to come forward. The winning numbers for the Sept. 11 drawing were 5-11-20-33-36, and the Mega Ball was 11. If you have the winning ticket, you are asked to call the Virginia Lottery immediately at 804-692-7000.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 14, 2013
A couple from Fredericksburg cashed in on the second-largest prize ever given by the Virginia Lottery at Richmond International Airport this Valentine's Day. Dave Honeywell was leaving on a business trip when he picked up a Powerball lottery ticket from a Lottery Express machine in Richmond International Airport.  He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to select his winning lottery numbers, 5-27-36-38-41 and Powerball number 12. When he checked the winning numbers on the Lottery's website, Dave immediately called his wife, Nancy.
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Web Staff and GALAX, Va | February 6, 2013
A Galax man is $200,000 dollars richer. William Jones bought a "Win It All" scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery at the Kangaroo Express on South Main Street in Galax. And he won the top prize. Jones didn't plan on buying the ticket when he stopped at the store. He says he just wanted to pick-up a soft drink.   Here's the news release from the Virginia Lottery ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Galax man “wins it all” for $200,000 He takes top prize in  Win It All  Scratcher game   William Jones  was on his way to work when he bought a  Win It All Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 14, 2013
A Staunton woman is the Virginia Lottery's latest $1 million prize winner. Lottery officials say Sara Kesterson bought the winning ticket for the Casino Royale Scratcher game at a Kangaroo Express in Staunton. Kesterson claimed her prize at the store last week. She chose the one-time cash option of $575,000 before taxes. The Lottery gave the store a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
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WDBJ7 Staff Writer | January 2, 2013
Some people in our state are celebrating the New Year as millionaires! Four, one million dollar winners were picked for the New Year's Millionaire Raffle through the Virginia Lottery.   The tickets were sold in Springfield, Midlothian, Highland Springs, and Broadway.  Four, 50,000 dollar winners were also drawn.     Those winning tickets were bought in Chester, Hampton, Dayton, and Glenns.  400 people are $500 dollar winners.     If you think you won, you can check the winning raffle ticket numbers on the Virginia Lottery website . Compared to the normal lottery the odds of winning were pretty good.    You had about a one in 1,000 chance of winning a prize.
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