Virginia lottery winner played the same number 160 times
Sometimes you just gotta go with a feeling.
Kwame Cross bought 160 tickets this month for a Virginia Lottery Pick 4 game. And he played exactly the same four-digit combination for every ticket: 7-3-1-4.
That combination, on December 5, proved to be a winning one, bringing Cross an $800,000 payday.
“I saw an address in a TV show, in the background, and for some reason it stayed with me,” Cross, of Dumfries, told Lottery officials, according to a news release. “I just had a feeling.”
Those numbers hit the Pick 4 top prize of $5,000, which was multiplied 160 times to earn Cross the huge payout. The chance of matching all four numbers in exact order is 1 in 10,000, according to the Virginia Lottery.
“I thought, ‘This can’t be real!'” he said. “I had to pull over and check, like, 82 times. It feels surreal!”
Cross, who owns a small business in Washington DC, told lottery officials he has no immediate plans for the money. He bought the tickets from a Sunoco gas station in Arlington.
Kwame Cross played the same number 160 times for the Pick 4 Virginia lottery on December 5 after seeing the number on TV.
2020 LI Lottery Winners: Bay Shore Couple Wins Big
BAY SHORE, NY — Several Long Island residents have managed to find some luck in 2020, winning big while playing New York Lottery.
Among those winners include Bay Shore residents David Paterno and Linda Russell, who recently won the $1 million Mega Millions second prize.
Their ticket matched the first five numbers drawn for the October 2 drawing. After discovering their win, the couple quickly put the winning ticket in a safe.
“Unbelievable feeling and strange at the same time,” Russell said.
According to the NY Lottery, the $1,000,000 Mega Millions second prize is paid out as a one-time lump sum payment.
The lucky couple chose to split their prize, each receiving a net check totaling $335,900 after required withholdings.
“It makes life a lot easier,” Russell said.
Several lucky Long Islanders managed to get lucky in 2020, including the local couple who recently won the $1 million Mega Millions prize.