All Mohammad Lonekashmiri of Berryville wanted was to buy some milk. But when he went to the Food Lion at 409 North McNeil Road in Berryville, he bought something else first: a $120 Million Cash Blowout ticket from the Virginia Lottery. He scratched the ticket and discovered it was a $1 million winner!
“I forgot why I was there,” he told Lottery officials. “I forgot the milk.”
$120 Million Cash Blowout is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. As the name says, the game started with more than $120 million in total prizes, ranging from $20 all the way up to 20 top prizes of $1 million (paid in 25 annual payments).
Rather than annual payments, Mr. Lonekashmiri chose to take the cash option of $564,000.
On Tuesday, August 31, he returned to the store to receive his check from Virginia Lottery Deputy Director Richard Williams. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
Mr. Lonekashmiri is a convenience store owner in Berryville. He said he hopes to use his winnings to buy a new house.
The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery raised more than $430.2 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2010. That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. For more information, visit www.valottery.com.