A Virginia man who thought he had won $600 with a scratch off lottery ticket was quite surprised when lottery staffers told him he had actually won a bit more.
Annandale resident Jose Flores Velasquez had won $1 million, to be exact.
Velasquez went to a Virginia Lottery customer service center in Prince William County in August to claim his $600 prize when staff members broke the news to him: he was the second winner of the the 20X the Money lottery, which featured “prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million,” the Virginia Lottery announced last week.
The odds of Velasquez winning a $1 million prize in the 20X the Money game were 1 in 1,754,400. The odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.65.
He bought the $10 bill at a Safeway supermarket in Annandale, about 15 miles west of Washington, DC, when he stopped for soft drinks after work.
When given the choice of receiving the $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash payment of $759,878 before taxes, Velasquez opted for the one-time payment.
He said he plans to use the money “to take care of his family and eventually start his own business.”
The Safeway supermarket that sold Velasquez the winning ticket will also receive a $10,000 bonus, the Virginia Lottery said.
There is one more unclaimed top prize ticket in the 20X the Money game, which had three winning tickets for a $1 million prize.