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Nov 13

Itchy Hand leads to $99 million Mega Millions Win

Friday November 1 2013 – The five-month search to find a Virginia Mega Millions jackpot winner entitled to a share of $198 million is finally over. Lewis Howard from Cumberland stepped forward to claim $99 million yesterday at Lottery HQ in Richmond just two weeks before the ticket was due to expire!

Lewis’ ticket matched all six numbers from the May 17 Mega Millions drawing – 11, 15, 35, 43, 49 and the Mega Ball 41 – but he waited an astonishing five months before claiming his multi-million dollar prize. Upon finding he had matched all the winning numbers Lewis, a modest and down to earth man, took the win in his stride. “I thought, ‘Okay, so I have all six numbers,’” he said. “I really wasn’t that excited.”

The retired HVAC technician initially only told his wife of the win before setting about gathering a team of financial and legal experts to advise him on the best course of action. Lewis didn’t even tell his two children and three grandchildren of his windfall!

With the ticket claim deadline of November 13, his indifference took him dangerously close to the wire as his ticket would have been worthless if he had waited much longer. “I almost waited too late, until my wife reminded me,” he remarked. Regular readers of LotteryWorld will know that we have run numerous stories about the missing Mega Millions winner and all the while Lewis had simply been biding his time! The team here at LotteryWorld team are doubtful we could have waited as long as Lewis did; he must have the patience of a saint!

As Lewis stepped forward to collect his big check, he told press that he was sitting at home watching TV when his right hand began itching, and he remembered that his mother once told him that an itching right hand meant money would be coming from an unexpected source. He went out and bought $5 worth of Mega Millions tickets from the Food Lion store on 1592 South Main Street in Farmville and the rest is history!

Lewis explains how his mysterious hand itch led him to the $99 million Mega Millions win.

Lewis explains how his mysterious hand itch led him to the $99 million Mega Millions win. Source: Virginia Lottery

He has now claimed the winnings as a cash option of $73.3 million and his victory has not only become Virginia’s seventh Mega Millions jackpot win, but also the fifth largest prize ever awarded by the state. The Food Lion store has received a $50,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

When asked of his immediate plans, he said he wants to go on a cruise holiday. However he enjoys the winnings though, he says he’ll continue playing the lottery, despite his big win. “It’s my hobby,” he said.

“I know my life has changed and I’m truly blessed to win, but I’m just a regular guy,” he continued. “If it could happen to me, it could happen to anybody!”

by Mike Redfern
Updated February 17th, 2015

23
Sep 13

$99 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Still Unclaimed

Mega Millions NewsMonday September 23, 2013 – In June LotteryWorld reported that a Mega Millions prize of $99 million won by a ticket purchased in Virginia hadn’t been claimed. Now, an incredible four months after the draw, this life-changing prize is still unclaimed.

Replying to a tweet LotteryWorld reporter Mike Redfern sent on September 17, Virginia Lottery officials confirmed that they are still waiting for the winner to come forward and claim the $99 million prize.

virginialotterytwitterThe winning ticket was purchased at the Food Lion store on 1592, South Main Street, Farmville, Virginia and matched the winning jackpot winners 11 – 15 – 35 – 43 – 49 and the Mega Ball 41. The ticket was one of two to correctly match the five main numbers and Mega Ball drawn on May 17 and share the $198 million jackpot. The other winning ticket holder from the draw came forward to claim their prize and was named as Guiseppe “Joe” Garofalo from Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

As lottery prizes in Virginia are only valid for a period of 180 days, the winner has until November 13, 2013 to claim the prize before it expires and is put back into the prize fund. As the deadline approaches, we advise players who purchased a Mega Millions ticket from the Food Lion store for the draw on May 17 to check their tickets immediately to see if they are the missing Virginia Mega Millions winner!

Other Virginia Lottery News

In other news, the Virginia Lottery turned 25 on Friday September 20 and to celebrate they are giving players the chance to win $25,000 in their 25th birthday draw. To enter, simply submit $5 or more of any non-winning Virginia Lottery tickets either online through the My Game Room account section or by mail to 25th Birthday Fest, Post Office Box 1815, Richmond, Virginia 23218. All tickets must be received by September 30 for the chance to win the $25,000 top prize or one of four hundred $250 Visa Rewardcards.

The Virginia Lottery, which first started with a single scratch-off game, now has over 50 games including various scratch-offs and the hugely popular Powerball and Mega Millions. To date, lottery games in the state have created more than 420 millionaires with winnings surpassing the $15 billion mark. Virginia Lottery launched to benefit public education and, to date, more than $6 billion has been given to education in the state.

To view the latest winning Virginia Lottery numbers, visit Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated March 30th, 2016