Wednesday, November 29, 2023

This Williamsburg woman didn’t get coal in her Christmas stocking – she got a winning lottery ticket

Harriet Harris (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Lottery)
Harriet Harris (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Lottery)

How would you like to get something big, really big, instead of candy in your Christmas stocking?

Well, Williamsburg resident Harriet Harris found a Virginia Lottery scratcher ticket in her Christmas stocking placed there by her nephew.

The Super 5s ticket turned out to be a winner – as in $500,000, the top prize.

“He put them in everyone’s stockings,” she said. “Mine was the lucky one.”

The odds of winning the top prize in Super 5s were 1 in 652,800, while the odds of winning any prize were 1 in 3.38.

The winning ticket was bought at I-64 Pit Stop in Lightfoot. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket, according to Virginia Lottery officials.

“This is a wonderful, wonderful happening,” Harris said as she claimed the prize a few weeks after Christmas. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Virginia Lottery officials said Harris is the third and final top prize winner in the Super 5s game. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end scratcher games after the last top prize ticket is claimed.

The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.7 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

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

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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