NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two local residents hit big winnings in the Virginia Lottery this month.
Lorenzo Langley, a Norfolk Chef, scratched a ticket that he bought at the 7-Eleven on West 21st Street in Norfolk. The winnings — $1 million.
“I thought, ‘No way! This can’t be real!’” the Norfolk man told lottery officials.
Langley had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize as a one-time cash option of $675,982 before taxes or a payout over 30 years. He chose the cash option.
The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The ticket was from the $31,000,000 Payout game that offers a total of $31 million in prize money ranging from $10 up to $1 million.
Langley’s ticket is the third top prize winner claimed, which means there is one more $1 million prize unclaimed in this game.
The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,101,600. The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 3.52.
Langley plans to purchase a home with his winnings.
Jessica Taylor, of Norfolk, matched all five winning numbers in the lottery’s Cash 5 with EZ Match game hitting the $278,172 jackpot.
“I had to go back and make sure I was looking at the screen right,” she later told lottery officials.
The drawing was on Dec. 13 where she matched 8-21-24-27-30 — numbers she chose using family birthdays.
The odds of matching all five numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 749,398.
Taylor bought her ticket at Rite Aid, located at 840 South Military Highway in Virginia Beach. She says she has no immediate plans for her winnings.
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