Amherst County man receives $1 million Scratcher ticket as Christmas present

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(Photo: Courtesy Virginia Lottery)

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia Lottery)

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (WFXR) — A man from Madison Heights received the Christmas gift countless other people dream of: a $1 million lottery ticket!

According to the Virginia Lottery, Tyler Fitzgerald’s mother hid a special ornament on the Christmas tree, with the understanding that whoever found it got a Scratcher ticket as a prize.

Fitzgerald happened to be the one in his family who found the ornament.

As he scratched the White Ice Millions ticket, he reportedly commented, “I never win on these things.”

And yet, on Christmas Day, Fitzgerald discovered his ticket was worth $1 million.

“It was pretty crazy!” Fitzgerald said to lottery officials. “It’s a little overwhelming!”

The Virginia Lottery says White Ice Millions features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million.

While the odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.91, lottery officials say the odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,305,600, while the odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.91.

However, since this is the first top prize claimed in the White Ice Millions game, that means two more remain unclaimed.

When offered the choice between taking the full $1 million in annual payments over 30 years or receiving a one-time cash option of $602,410 before taxes, Fitzgerald reportedly chose the cash option.

According to the Virginia Lottery, the ticket was bought at a Food Lion at 12130 East Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike in Forest. As a bonus for selling the winning ticket, the store will reportedly receive $10,000 from the Virginia Lottery.

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