Brookneal woman almost throws lottery ticket away; instead, she wins $500,000

Shirley King-Lottery WinnerFrom the Virginia Lottery: Shirley King isn’t the sort of person to throw money away, but that’s nearly what happened when she played the Virginia Lottery’s Super Ticket Jewels game. The Brookneal woman didn’t immediately realize she’d won the game’s $500,000 top prize.  “I almost put it in the trashcan,” she said. Fortunately she realized her stroke of luck and kept the ticket. She bought it at Express Way, 408 Lusardi Drive in Brookneal. Ms. King is the third and final top prize winner in Super Ticket Jewels, which means the game is closed . It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the top prize is claimed. “I enjoy the game,” Ms. King said as she claimed her prize. “I’ve enjoyed playing it.” Super Ticket Jewels was notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket the Virginia Lottery ever offered – and the four different games it contained. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,305,600. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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