Sunday, December 4, 2022

Hampton Roads man strikes it rich from scratch

Alfred Cross of Virginia Beach won $1 million from the Virginia Lottery (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Lottery)
Alfred Cross of Virginia Beach won $1 million from the Virginia Lottery (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Lottery)

When Alfred Cross read the numbers, he couldn’t believe his eyes — he had just scratched a 20X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, and won the game’s top prize of $1 million.

“I thought, ‘Wait, that can’t be right,’” Cross, a retired postal worker, said. “I thought it was a misprint.”

The Virginia Beach man had just scratched the winning lottery ticket at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Holland Road, according to a news release from Virginia Lottery.

Cross had a choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $610,874 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket, according to Virginia Lottery.

Cross said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

The 20X the Money scratcher features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. Cross is the first person to claim the top prize in the 20X scratcher, which means three more remain unclaimed, lottery officials said.

The chances of winning the $1 million top prize in this game are 1 in 1,224,000. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.51.

Cross bought his winning ticket in Virginia Beach, which received more than $28.6 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year, according to Virginia Lottery.

For information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

This story was published in partnership with our sister publication, Southside Daily. 

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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