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Virginia Beach sisters win big in lottery – they bought the ticket in Newport News, got the check in Hampton

(left to right) Sisters Sharon Calhoun and Juanita Simpson pose with Kevin Hall. (Melanie Occhiuzzo/HNNDaily)
(Left to right) Sisters Sharon Calhoun and Juanita Simpson pose with Kevin Hall. (Melanie Occhiuzzo/HNNDaily)

Sisters from Virginia Beach, Juanita Simpson and Sharon Calhoun, have won the big $10 million prize in the Virginia Lottery game, “100x the Money” scratcher game.

They received their check Thursday from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Hampton.

The winning ticket was purchased for $30 from a Food Lion on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.

The store will receive a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“At first we just could not believe it,” Simpson said, “We’re still overwhelmed.”

When they got to the news conference Thursday Simpson said, “Now it’s real.”

The sisters were given a choice of taking the full $10 million over 30 years or splitting a one-time cash option of $5,617,977 before taxes.

They chose the cash option.

When asked what they are going to do with their money, Simpson replied they will be going to Disney World and then sharing the rest with their family.

(Melanie Occhiuzzo/HNNDaily)
(Melanie Occhiuzzo/HNNDaily)

About the ticket

The Virginia Lottery Game, “100x the Money,” features prizes ranging from $30 to $10 million, including a $1 million second prize.

This is the third and final top prize claimed in this game, which means the game will be closed.

The winning ticket was bought in Newport News, which received nearly $26.7 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year.

According to the Virginia Lottery, the lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of lottery products, the lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2018, according to Virginia Lottery.

For more information on the Virginia Lottery, click here.

To see a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, click here.

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