Sunday, December 3, 2023

This Virginia Beach woman played this game for the first time and won — big time

Maria Imperial (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Lottery)
Maria Imperial (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Lottery)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Talk about beginner’s luck.

Maria Imperial said she wanted to try something different for her birthday. So she played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game for the first time and won the top prize.

The woman matched all five winning numbers in the April 1 night drawing.

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3673 Virginia Beach Blvd. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket: 7-18-19-24-34, lottery officials said.

Imperial said she has no immediate plans for her winnings except to pay bills and possibly renovate her kitchen.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 p.m. The odds of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256, lottery officials said.

Imperial lives in Virginia Beach, which received nearly $32.8 million in Lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year.

For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

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