Chesapeake man wins $250,000 off $5 Virginia Lottery scratcher

Posted at 12:58 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 12:58:39-04

Chesapeake, Va. – A Chesapeake man recently got very lucky with a scratcher from the Virginia Lottery!

Patrick McNeal was gearing up for a night of pizza with his son when he decided to cash in a few winning Virginia Lottery tickets.

He used his winnings to buy a few more tickets, including a $5 Triple Black Cherry scratcher that turned out to be a $250,000 winner!

Patrick McNeal

Patrick McNeal

McNeal was already planning to retire from the U.S. Coast Guard after 22 years of service. He says his winnings will help pay for his childrens’ education.

The winning ticket was bought at Peake Mart at 4505 Old Battlefield Boulevard.

Triple Black Cherry is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 up to $250,000. This is the second top prize claimed in the game, which means one $250,000 prize remains unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,713,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.29.