West Virginia Lottery Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with $2 Million Second Chance Drawing. Here are the Results


West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave announced the names of his state’s latest millionaire and three additional $250,000 prize winners from the Lottery’s 25 Anniversary second chance grand prize drawing held on June 21, 2011.

Nice way to celebrate a birthday.

Mark Boggs of Sissonville, West Virginia,  won the grand prize of $1 million in the second-chance drawing, becoming the 29th person in the Lottery’s 25-year history to win $1 million or more.

Stephen Bledsoe of Huntington, James Fleshman of Crawley, and Loretta Pharis of Moatsville all won $250,000 cash prizes in the drawing.

I am going to use this to take care of my mom and my two kids, said Boggs who is a single father of two. It is unbelievable.

Following the drawing, all four winners were notified by phone on Tuesday that they had won at least $250,000 in the second chance drawing; however, the prize winners did not learn who won the $1 million grand prize until the press conference.

Upon learning he was the million dollar prize winner, Boggs put his head in his hands and sat down in tears as he was overwhelmed with emotion.

Bledsoe said he plans to be debt free and may use his winnings to buy a new home and put some back for college for his children, while Fleshman plans to take his wife and daughter on a vacation among other things. Loretta Pharis and her family plan to pay off some bills with her winnings.

Congratulations to all of you.

Just awesome.

Don’t you think?



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