Gloucester man wins $1 million in scratcher game


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — A Gloucester County man has a lot of extra change after a scratch off ticket turned out to be a winner.

Dennis Farmer, a  a shipyard worker, won a $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Winner Take All Scratcher game.

In a news release, he said this about his experience: “I scratched the first two lines and didn’t win anything. When I scratched the retailer code near the bottom of the ticket, I thought I had won only $10.00.”

Farmer said when he handed the ticket to his girlfriend, she thought he had won $10,000. After sitting in their car for ten minutes, he went back into the convenience store with the winning ticket in hand to show the retailer. Only then did he discover the ticket was worth the top prize of $1 million.

Farmer chose the cash option which gives him $537,393 before taxes.

“I want to pay some bills, purchase a new vehicle, and then try to do a little something fun,” he said when asked how he will spend his winnings.

Farmer bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 3963 George Washington Highway in Hayes.  The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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