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Hampton man wins $1 million in scratch offs

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Posted at 9:00 PM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 10:07:25-05

Hampton, Va. —Robert Jones of Hampton was ‘Right on the Money’ when he scratched his way to $1 million dollars.

Friday, Jones bought a scratch off ticket at Denbigh Food Mart on Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News.

“I did a fist pump and ran around the store,” he told Virginia Lottery officials when he claimed his prize.

Jones had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over a 25-year course or a one-time cash option of $645,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Right on the Money features prizes ranging from $20 up to $2.5 million. Jones is the ninth player to claim the second prize in Right on the Money, which means one $1 million ticket remains unclaimed. One $2.5 million ticket also remains unclaimed.

Jones, a devout truck owner/operator, now says he can get some sleep!

McKinley Strother, WTKR Intern