The Valley is a Lucky Place for Lottery Players

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- The 711 in Broadway sold a million dollar lottery ticket, but that big winner has not come forward yet. There was a $50,000 winner in Dayton.

The Dayton Mini Market seemed to be a lucky spot after Atulkumar Patel, the owner, sold the $50,000 winning lotto ticket.

"He came in the morning. In the morning he won $50,000. He was very happy, he was surprised," said Patel.

Surveillance video shows the man scanning the barcode on his ticket and winning. He didn't show too much of a celebration for winning $50,000. Then, he bought more lottery tickets and a newspaper.

Terry Smith, another customer, got lucky at the Mini Market too.

"I got a scratch off just now other there for $10 dollars, and won $20," said Smith.

Just a few weeks ago, Smith won $1,000 at the Mini Market. It was perfect timing with Christmas just a while later.

"Christmas, grand daughters, they got me, that made me, them happy though, but that's where it went to," said Smith.

Cindy Ritchie Andes plays in Broadway where the million dollar ticket was sold.

"I come in here everyday. Every morning for coffee, almost everyday," said Andes.

She buys lotto tickets two or three times a week.

"Bought one ticket in Broadway, I just bought one, 'cause dad always says, 'If you're meant to win, you're going to win off one ticket,' but, unfortunately I went to the wrong store."

Smith plays everyday during his lunch break. Patel said he's one of his luckiest customers and Smith had some advice for other lottery players.

"Keep playing. You'll get lucky sooner than later. You can't win if you don't play," said Smith.

It seems like the Valley is a good place to try your luck with the lottery. In the Virginia lottery's history, the biggest prize ever given out was in Stephens City, just north of Winchester. The second biggest prize was in the town of Shenandoah.

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