Robert Butcher of Mineral, Virginia, was sitting in front of the television set on a quiet night, idly scratching a Virginia Lottery ticket. What he revealed on the ticket came as a great surprise.
He put on his glasses to get a better look.
I was excited, he later said to lottery officials. I was trying to figure out, “Is this for real?’
The Win For Life Scratcher ticket was a top prize winner. Butcher had a choice of receiving $1,000 per week for the rest of his life or a one-time cash option of $830,000. Butcher chose the cash option.
Butcher, who works as a heavy equipment supervisor, told Virginia Lottery officials that he intends to save the winnings for retirement “ and play a little golf.
GAMES WE PLAY:
There were no big winners in the Mar. 17 Mega Millions game, so the jackpot rolls to $16 million on Friday, Mar. 20.
The Mar. 17 winning numbers are 9,15,24,28,31 and the Mega ball is 17.
4 tickets hit 5 of 5 and NOT the Mega ball. Those tickets, bought in Massachusetts, New York (2) and Texas, are each worth $250,000.
Overall, excluding California, there were 396,038 winning tickets that won more than $3.07 million.
In California, there were 68,471 winning tickets. Those tickets at all levels total $279,619 in winnings.
Tonight’s Powerball game offers the biggest jackpot currently in play in the world, $55 million.
Friday night’s Euro Millions game carries a 15 million Euro jackpot.
Good luck, players.
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