VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Two Virginia Beach sisters are splitting a $10 million prize after purchasing a winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery's "100X the Money" scratcher game.
Juanita Simpson and Sharon Calhoun had the choice between taking the full $10 million over 30 years, or splitting a one-time cash option of $5,617,977 before taxes. The sisters chose the cash option.
The ticket was sold at a Food Lion located on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The Virginia Lottery says the sisters were in Newport News visiting their brother. When he left to go shopping, they asked he pick up a ticket for them. After he returned, they scratched it off and discovered they had won.
"100x the Money" features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize. This is the third and final top prize claimed in this game, which means the game will be closed. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end Scratcher games once the last top prize is claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,611,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.78.