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A millionaire in the New Year

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A HAPPY FAMILY — Timothy Bane and wife Sharon, holding three month old Austin, are shown with their four children, Andrew, 7, Matthew 3 and Makayla, 10 after learning of their big $1 million win. (Susan Kyte photo) / January 05, 2012
Timothy Bane of Nathalie, father of four and manager of the Clarksville Food Lion supermarket, was not a lottery player — at least not until December 19, 2011, when he spent $20 on a Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

Bane’s ticket, No. 243508, was one of the three $1 million winning tickets, netting Bane $710,000 after taxes.

“In the past I never had the money to play,” Bane explained. One ticket in the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle costs $20. “This year, I got some early Christmas money and decided I wanted to blow some and buy a ticket.”

Turns out, it was the best $20 he ever spent.

On New Year’s Day, Bane discovered he held one of three million-dollar tickets. In all, there were also six $25,000 winners and 300 $500 winners out of the limited 330,000 tickets sold between November 1 and December 30.

Besides being a first-time player of the raffle, Bane is the first person from Southside Virginia to win one of the million-dollar prizes in the raffle, which has been in existence for five years. Bane and his family live in Nathalie. He and wife, Sharon Burton Bane, are life-long residents of Halifax County.

Standing with her husband and four children (Makayla, 10, Andrew, 7, Matthew, 5, and Austin, 3 months), Sharon Bane called the experience “surreal,” as her husband relived the moment he realized he held a winning ticket:

“I was in the office when the winning numbers were announced. I looked at the list and thought the one number looked familiar. So I checked the ticket in my pocket. I didn’t think I was reading it right, so I called my wife and asked her to check. Sharon kept asking me if I was playing a joke on her. I kept saying ‘No, it’s not a joke.’ I was excited and nervous. When I got home, I called the number on the back of the ticket. You have no idea what it’s like to hear a voice over the phone tell you that you’re holding a $1 million winning ticket.”

Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery, who presented Bane with the $1 million check, said there were several firsts that occurred during this year’s raffle.

“This is the first year we sold out all tickets before December 31 [the last day tickets can be sold], and it was the first time we knew each of the $1 million winners by the end of the first day winners can come forward,” she said.

Winners could claim the prize starting on Tuesday, January 3, the first day the lottery office was open after the New Year’s holiday.

“This is the greatest thing to happen to me after my lovely wife and children,” Bane said adding that he plans to use the winnings to pay off bills and set up a college fund for his children. Of course, when asked, Bane’s daughter Makayla and son Andrew had their own ideas about how Bane should spend some of the money: Makayla wants a laptop and Andrew wants to go to Disney World.

When asked, Bane was quick to say he will continue to work at Food Lion, “It’s a great company to work for.” Several area store managers who were on hand to witness Bane receive his winning check agreed.

The other two $1 million winning tickets were purchased in Great Falls and Stuarts Draft. The six $25,000 tickets were sold in Chesapeake, Clear Brook, Hampton, Richmond, Burke and Glen Allen.

Last year the Virginia Lottery sold over $1.5 billion in tickets and paid out almost $900 million in winnings.

According to Otto, the Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $444 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2011.

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i wanna ask where is the money for virginia schools? i dont see it

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