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Tim Bane, of Nathalie, wins $1 million in Virginia Lottery

SoVaNow.com / January 04, 2012
Tim Bane, of Nathalie, is the winner of the $1 million New Year's Millionaire Raffle by the Virginia Lottery.

Bane, who is married and has four children, is one of three winners statewide, bought his ticket at the Food Lion in Clarksville.

According to the Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty, Bane will use the winnings to take care of his family.

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Someone out there is holding onto a $1 million lottery ticket — but not to worry, the identity of the winner will be revealed today at the Clarksville Food Lion, where the ticket was sold.

Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto is slated to visit Clarksville today for a 1 p.m. appearance with the winner, whose name is being kept a tight secret. However, lottery spokesman John Hagerty yesterday did reveal one nugget of information: The winner is from Halifax County but works in town.

And what else do we know?
- The winning ticket number is No. 243508
- The local winner is one of three statewide in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, now in its fifth year.
- Never before has the Clarksville Food Lion sold a lottery ticket of this magnitude.

“It certainly has created a lot of buzz,” said Food Lion assistant customer service manager Vanessa Lee on Tuesday. “It’s the first time we’ve ever sold a big winner like this, so it’s pretty awesome.”
Food Lion employees were told the winning ticket after first hearing rumors Monday that the store had sold the million-dollar ducat. As the news spread, employees were beset by people asking the obvious question: Who?
“Customers were coming in asking ‘Who won the ticket, who won the ticket?’ and we didn’t know,” Lee said.

The suspense should be over by this afternoon with the convening of the press conference. Hagerty, the Virginia Lottery spokesman, said all three Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire winners have come forward to claim their prizes. Similar events are planned in Stuart’s Draft and Great Falls, where the other two winning tickets were sold.

Hagerty said the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle has “gotten pretty popular over the years” perhaps because only a limited number of tickets — 330,000 — are sold, improving the odds. In addition to the three million-dollar winners, six tickets carry prizes of $25,000 each, and 300 tickets pay $500 apiece.

“Within the lottery world, those are pretty good odds,” he said. Especially for some lucky person who ventured into the Food Lion after raffle tickets went on sale Nov. 1. The announcement of the winning numbers came on New Year’s Day.

To find out the winner of the $1 million lottery prize, visit sovanow.com today.

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