CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Chesapeake woman walked into a 7-Eleven and bought a $173 Million Extravaganza ticket. She walked out with a $5 million win.
Eunice Sample, a retired educator, is the first top prize winner in the $173 Million Extravaganza, which means two top prizes remain unclaimed.
The game features prizes ranging from $30 to $5 million. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,529,600, the Virginia Lottery said, while the chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.08.
Sample bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 907 Great Bridge Boulevard, which will get a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
“I was so stunned, I don’t know what I did,” she told officials with the Virginia Lottery.
Sample had two options for taking the money: the full $5 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $3,125,000 before taxes. She chose the latter.
All of the lottery's profits go to Virginia's K-12 education. In 2022's fiscal year, the lottery raised more than $779 million, which adds up to around 10 percent of Virginia’s total K-12 school budget.