A Burke woman is starting off 2013 in a new way — as a millionaire.
“What a way to start the New Year!”
That’s how Michele McVee’s husband reacted when he saw her top-prize-winning ticket in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.
The ticket is one of four drawn in the Virginia Lottery’s New Year’s Day drawing to win the million-dollar top prize.
“It was surreal” McVee said when asked about the moment she realized she’d won.
“She bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 8319 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield,” said Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty. “On Jan. 14, she returned to the store to receive her check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store’s owner, Ashish Kapoor, also received a $10,000 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.”
McVee said she bought the winning ticket, #108164, on Dec. 31, the last day of sales for the Raffle. A few hours after the drawing, she looked on the Lottery’s web site and realized she had won $1 million.
“I went to my husband and told him to get up,” she said. “He confirmed it was one of the million-dollar winners.”
McVee’s husband noted her reaction.
“He later told Lottery officials that she didn’t say anything in reply – she just stared,” said Hagerty.
The other three $1 million tickets were bought in Highland Springs, Midlothian and Broadway, Va.
“The raffle drawing is held on New Year’s Day every year,” said Hagerty.
Hagerty said the Virginia Lottery makes approximately $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools and that operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the lottery generated more than $487.1 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2012.