Norfolk woman wins $500K on Virginia Lottery scratcher

Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-14 16:50:09-05

A Norfolk woman has won $500,000 off a Virginia Lottery scratcher.

Nelda Booker likes to stop at her favorite 7-Eleven in Virginia Beach for a cup of coffee on her way home from work every day. She often buys a Virginia Lottery ticket or two.

That routine got exciting when she had one lucky day!

Nelda scratched a ticket and won $100. She then used part of her winnings to buy a Millionaire Mania ticket.

A moment later she returned to the store clerk, who asked, “Did you have another $100 winner?”

“Oh no,” she replied. “I’ve got a BIG winner!”

That turned turned out to be a $500,000 winner.


In Millionaire Mania, $500,000 is actually the second prize. The game’s top prize is $2 million. Ms. Booker is the game’s fourth $500,000 winner, which means two half-million-dollar tickets remain unclaimed. One $2 million ticket remains unclaimed.

Ms. Booker said she has no immediate plans for her winnings. “I’m just going to let it settle in,” she said.