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Newport News man wins Virginia Lottery scratcher top prize on Friday the 13th

Posted at 12:04 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 12:04:47-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - One man had a pretty lucky Friday the 13th this year as he won some money on a Virginia Lottery scratcher!

Jason Pickens of Newport News bought a Holiday Luck X15 ticket from the Virginia Lottery, scratched it, and discovered he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.

“I had to check it over and over again,” he said, to the Virginia Lottery about the moment he realized he’d won. “I got lucky.”

He bought the ticket at the Food Lion at 12917 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.

Holiday Luck X15 is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. This is the first top prize claimed, which means three more $100,00 prizes remain unclaimed in this game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.83.

Pickens said he has no immediate plans for his winnings except to pay bills.