Mar 14

Three’s the Charm – Lucky Couple Win the Lottery Three Times in just Three Weeks

Monday March 31 2014 – One Virginia couple can’t believe their luck after they scooped three lottery prizes worth more than $2 million in a single month! Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth, Virginia, beat incalculable odds to take home three big wins from three different lottery games in three weeks!

The pair began their winning streak on March 12 when they matched all five main numbers in the midweek Powerball drawing to win the $1 million prize.  The couple’s ticket actually became the largest winning ticket in the draw after no other players across the nation managed to match five or more main numbers. Had the Spencer’s matched the Powerball number, they would have won a jackpot prize worth an estimated $60 million.

Calvin purchased the Easy Pick ticket for the mid-week draw from Barber Tire & Auto on Portsmouth Boulevard and after his win said; “It feels fantastic. It feels like a blessing.” Little did he know he was about to feel a whole lot better.

Less than two weeks later, Calvin was feeling flush following his $1 million win and bought ten identical tickets for the Virginia Pick 4 daily game. Miraculously, his winning combination of 6-6-6-6 was drawn on March 26 and, as the game carries a set jackpot prize of $5,000, he earned the top prize for each of his ten tickets.

However, the Spencer’s weren’t finished there. The very next day Mr. Spencer bought a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza scratch-off and won the second place prize worth $1 million. Calvin called his home immediately and said; “Baby, we did it again!” to his astonished wife.


Calvin and Zatera Spencer collect the first of their prizes
Image Source: Virginia Lottery

Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty said; “I haven’t seen anything like it in my 12 years here. People in the office couldn’t believe it was them when they showed up with the winning ticket.”

Lottery staff may need to prepare themselves for another visit from the Spencer’s as while collecting his win, Calvin said; “We’re not finished yet”. With luck like his, we’re inclined to believe him!

To read more about players who have achieved the inconceivable feat of winning the lottery multiple times, click here.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 31st, 2014

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