Retired Chesapeake restaurant manager wins $250,000

Posted at 11:55 AM, Apr 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-04 11:55:47-04
Va. Lottery Winner, Arlene Widdifield

Va. Lottery Winner, Arlene Widdifield

Chesapeake, Va. – A Chesapeake woman got a big surprise when she went to a local Food Lion store.


She took home a winning lotto ticket.

Arlene Widdifield of Chesapeake told lottery officials, “I thought, ‘Oh good, I won two dollars.’”

She actually won $250,000.

Widdifield matched the first five numbers in the March 19 Mega Millions drawing. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. She bought the ticket at Food Lion, 717 South Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-6-14-21-37, Mega Ball 35. She used Easy Pick and let the computer select her numbers at random.

The retired restaurant manager was one of five second-prize winners nationwide in that drawing, and the only one in Virginia. If she had matched one more number – the Mega Ball number – she would have won a jackpot estimated at $13 million.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00 p.m.

Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at and on the Lottery’s Facebook page. The odds of winning the $250,000 prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 3,904,701.