Norfolk man claims $1 million prize from Virginia Lottery’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jan 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-13 19:09:54-05

Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) - The Virginia Lottery presented a $1 million check to David Albee of Norfolk on Tuesday morning.

Albee won the Virginia New Year’s Millionaire Raffle drawing on January 1st after buying a winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6900 North Military Highway.

His ticket was one of three drawn in the raffle for the $1 million prize.

"Disbelief and trying to take it all in. Wondering what you do to deserve something like this you know? Then you just kind of realize that you’re just lucky," Albee told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Tuesday about winning the top prize.

Albee says he plans to put the money towards college funds for his kids and a retirement fund for himself.

He's also planning to pay off a new truck he bought the day before Christmas.

"I feel really blessed and really fortunate that something like this has happened – I’ve been playing for quite some time," Albee stated.

Over the course of a few weeks in late 2014, he bought 4 tickets for the New Year's Millionaire Raffle during different visits to his neighborhood 7-Eleven.

However, it ended up being the first ticket Albee bought that won him the million dollar prize.

"I've religiously played the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, so I guess I did good," he said with a chuckle.

Albee will take home $710,000 in winnings after taxes.