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Suffolk man cuts short Las Vegas vacation after winning $1 million from Virginia lottery

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 06:38:18-05

Suffolk, Va. – Richard “Ricky” Conner was spending the New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas. But a call from his son caused him to cut short his vacation and hurry home to Suffolk.

It wasn’t bad news, though. It turns out he had won $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

“It feels pretty good!” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “A once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

Mr. Conner owns Oliver’s Grocery, 1328 Holland Road in Suffolk, where he bought the winning ticket. On Monday Virginia Lottery officials were at the store to present him with his million-dollar check. In addition, the store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

He said he plans to invest his winnings.

His winning ticket is #220212. The other two top-prize winners were bought in Hayes and South Boston. Six tickets won $25,000 each. Those tickets were bought in Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Yorktown and two in Arlington. An additional 300 tickets each won $500.

And this year, there’s something new: The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Promotion is an extra chance to win.

Players who submit an entry form, received when they bought their Raffle ticket, will be entered for a chance to win one of twenty $1,000 cash prizes. Entry deadline is January 8 with the cash prize drawing on January 13.