Father and son win $5 million from Virginia Lottery scratch-off tickets

Father and Son awarded check for $5 Million after winning top prize in scratch-off.
Father and Son awarded check for $5 Million after winning top prize in scratch-off.(wwbt/nbc12)
Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 6:16 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A father and son in Central Virginia are kicking off the holiday weekend a few million dollars richer.

Kirt Martin, Jr. and Kirt Martin, Sr. won $5 million from a “50x The Money” scratch-off they bought a few weeks back. The pair was awarded with a large check by the Virginia Lottery on Friday afternoon.

The Martin’s say they’ve been playing scratch-off’s 2 to 3 times a week for the last decade. Their chances for winning the top prize on that particular scratcher was 1 in 1.7 million.

“I wanted to ‘woohoo’ like Ric Flair and jump all around, but I told myself before that if I ever hit the big one that I wouldn’t die of a heart attack,” said Kirt Jr., who opted to hug his dad instead.

They were given the check at the same Chester Food Lion they bought the winning scratcher.

Staff of that Food Lion say the Martins are regulars at the grocery store, and they’re happy to see them win with this incredible stroke of luck.

“I’m excited for them! To finally meet someone that we know wins that kind of money, that’s awesome!” said Janet Weaver, manager of the grocery store.

The Martins tell NBC12 it’s been a year of highs and lows, with Kirt Sr. getting sick at one point. Now, his health and their finances are looking up.

But it’s not just the Martins walking away with some cash; the Food Lion itself was awarded $10,000.

“I can think of worse ways to start a summer holiday weekend,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director, Kevin Hall.

When asked what they’ll do with the money, Kirt Jr. said he wants “to pay the house off for sure, and then I don’t know. You got figure out what to do with the rest of it, I guess!”

According to the Virginia Lottery, their win is only the second $5 million prize claimed from that specific scratch-off.

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