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'It feels amazing!' | Norfolk chef wins $1 million in Virginia lotto

“I thought, ‘No way! This can’t be real!’” Lorenzo Langley recalled.
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Lorenzo Langley won $1 million in the Virginia Lottery.

NORFOLK, Va. — A couple of Norfolk residents won big in the Virginia lottery this month.

First up was chef and caterer Lorenzo Langley who won $1 million after scratching a $31 million Payout ticket. He admitted he thought someone might have been pulling a fast one on him.

“I thought, ‘No way! This can’t be real!’” Langley recalled. "It feels amazing!"

But it was no prank. He bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven on West 21st Street and won fair and square.

In Langley's case, he had the choice of taking the full million-dollar prize in payments over 30 years or just opting for cash payout of $675,982. He took cash.

So what does he plan to do with his winnings? Langley says he wants to purchase a house.

The $31 million Payout game offers a total of $31 million in prize money from $10 to up to $1 million.

Jessica Taylor, also from Norfolk, took home a $278,172 jackpot after matching all five numbers in the Cash 5 EZ Match game.

Credit: Virginia Lottery
Jessica Taylor won more than $270,000 in the Virginia Lottery.

Taylor said she couldn't believe she won.

“I had to go back and make sure I was looking at the screen right,” she later told Lottery officials. “It feels exciting and it’s a shock!”

Taylor said she wrote in numbers on her ticket using family birthdays.

She bought her winning ticket at a Rite Aid in Virginia Beach.

Taylor didn't share any immediate plans for what she plans to do with the money.

Cash 5 with EZ Match features a rolling jackpot, starting at a minimum of $100,000. If nobody matches all five winning numbers, the jackpot increases for the next drawing.