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Danville man is winner of $1 million lottery prize

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John Humphries at a press conference Friday to announce the winner of the New Year's Millionaire Raffle. (Photo from WDBJ-7, via the Virginia Lottery)
SoVaNow.com / January 03, 2014
A Danville man has stepped forward to claim his $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s New Year’s Millionaire contest.

John Humphries III, 24, bought the winning ticket Monday, Dec. 30 at the Apple Market in Centerville. It was the first time he had ever played the annual millionaire raffle.

“I’m still in disbelief,” Humphries said at a press conference in Farmville to announce the winning ticket, one of three $1 million tickets sold statewide. “I had to call several times to confirm.”

Humphries said he is an occasional lottery player but had never tried his hand at winning such a big prize. "I've bought tickets for other things before, just randomly when it was nothing huge, but this first time I played this raffle [game]."

He bought five of the $20 tickets, among thousands sold for the New Year’s game, while stopping for gas at the Apple Mart.

Humphries, a South Boston small business owner, has a child on the way.

Three lottery tickets worth $1 million each were sold in South Boston, Woodbridge and Clearbrook.

Six more tickets worth $25,000 were sold in Lexington, Harrisonburg, Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers.

300 ticket buyers are winners of $500 apiece.
The winning numbers are posted on the Virginia Lottery's website, http://www.valottery.com.

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