Waynesboro man wins $400K top prize in Virginia Lottery game

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — A Waynesboro man is hundreds of thousands of dollars richer after scratching off a Monopoly-edition ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

Steven Lomonaco was on his way home from work when he stopped at the Sheetz on West Main St. in Waynesboro.

His son is a big fan of the Monopoly board game, so he decided to pick up a MONOPOLY Multiplier Scratcher on his way out. But he never expected the effect that would have.

When he took it home and scratched it, he saw that he had won the game's top prize of $400,000.

“It’s absolutely amazing!” he said as he claimed his prize from the Virginia Lottery. “We’re still in disbelief!”

The MONOPOLY Multiplier features prizes ranging from $5 to $400,000, and Lomonaco beat odds of 1 in 1,836,000 for the grand prize. The odds of winning any prize in the game are 1 in 4.04.

Lomonaco, a general manager for a local restaurant, told lottery officials that he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and save for his children.

According to the Virginia Lottery, the city of Waynesboro received nearly $2.3 million in lottery funds for K-12 public education in the last fiscal year. You can learn how lottery money is divided out to Virginia school districts here.