Virginia man wins $1M lottery after thinking he won $600
ANNANDALE, Va. - A man in Virginia who thought he won $600 in the lottery ended up taking home a significantly larger cash prize.
Jose Flores Velasquez of Annandale, Virginia, won $1 million playing the 20X the Money scratcher game last month, according to a recent press release from the Virginia Lottery.
Flores Velasquez bought the ticket at a Safeway supermarket while he was picking up a pack of sodas, the press release said.
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When he brought the ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center, he thought he would be walking away with $600.
That’s when he learned he was one of the game's top winners.
Flores Velasquez chose to take the one-time cash option, which totaled $759,878 before taxes, the press release said.
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The Safeway supermarket also received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, according to the release.
There is still one more unclaimed top prize for the 20X the Money scratcher game, the release said.
Virginia Lottery said that the chances of winning the top prize in the 20X the Money game are 1 in 1,754,400.
Flores Velasquez told the Virginia Lottery that he may use his winnings to start his own business.