Winning ticket bought at Food Lion in Chester
Kirt Martin, Sr., and his son, Kirt Martin, Jr., like to play Virginia Lottery games together. The two were having a good day, scratching several winning tickets, when they decided to give the 50X the Money game a try.
Good decision. Their ticket ended up winning the game’s $5 million top prize.
“We were just as happy as can be,” Kirt Jr., told Lottery officials. “I gave him a big old hug!”
They bought the winning ticket at the Food Lion at 9801 Chester Road in Chester. On May 28, they returned to the store to receive a big check from the Virginia Lottery. The store also received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The Martins had the choice of taking the full $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or splitting a one-time cash option of $3,008,434 before taxes. They chose the cash option.
Kirt Sr., lives in North Chesterfield and Kirt Jr., lives in Mechanicsville.
“We always said, ‘You’ll hit big once you see two commas on there!’” said the younger Kirt.
The 50X the Money game (game #2010) is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. This is the second $5 million top prize claimed in game #2010, which means one more remains unclaimed. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,795,200. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.03.
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