Whew! Virginia Lottery Winner Claims $250,000 Eight Hours Before Deadline


For the life of me, I can’t figure out how this happens. But, it does.

More often then you might think.

For nearly six months, Lydia Burke of Mechanicsville, Virginia, had a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 and she didn’t know it.

The ticket sat in a napkin holder in her kitchen.

Now, tell me…who keeps months old tickets around the house, and then what makes you check out those numbers just in time to meet a deadline? Fate? God?

Then on September 23, she happened to see a news report that a Mega Millions ticket purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 2413 Staples Mill Road in Richmond was about to expire.

She remembered buying a ticket at that store, so she checked the ticket in her napkin holder.

“Oh my goodness, when I saw that ticket and saw those numbers, I screamed, ‘I got it! I got it!'” she later said.

Ms. Burke and her husband Gregory presented the ticket to Virginia Lottery officials at 9:00 a.m. on September 24 ” just eight hours before the ticket would have expired.

In Virginia,  winning tickets expire 180 days after the drawing.

Weird, huh?

So check those tickets lying around your house, please. OK?

Truth be told, I have a stack of them in my desk drawer.


The Sept. 26 POWERBALL jackpot is a huge one, $150 million.

The Sept. 25 Mega Millions draw did not produce a top winner. The jackpot now rolls to $88 million on Sept. 29. The winning numbers for the game on the 25th are 7,27,42,49,52 and Mega ball 19.

Two tickets hit 5 of 6, only missing the Mega ball. Those tickets are each worth $250,000. They were bought in Georgia and Virginia.

The Oct. 2 Euro Millions jackpot is 15 million euros, or about $22 million in U.S. currency.

Good luck players around the world.


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