The Virginia Lottery continues to wait for the winner of a $1 million Powerball ticket sold at the Sheetz in Leesburg, and believe it or not Sterling resident Saul Tejada just laid his hands on a $1 million ticket from the $120 Million Cash Blowout game.
Tejada had stopped with a friend at the 7-Eleven, 4209 Annandale Road, in Annandale to grab a drink when he decided to take a shot at $120 Million Cash Blowout. He didn’t win it all; a mere $1 million will have to do. And he didn’t know immediately he had purchased a winning ticket.
“I just put it in my pocket and kept going,” he said, according to the Virginia Lottery. “I didn’t think about it.”
Later, as his friend drove, Tejada scratched the ticket and realized his incredible news.
“Wow, I couldn’t believe it,” he later told Lottery officials. “I thought, ‘There’s no way!’”
Tejada, a carpet installer, had the choice of taking the full prize in annual payments over 25 years or accepting a one-time cash prize of $564,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $487.1 million for Virginia’s public schools in FY 2012.