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Virginia Dad Wins $1 Million Lottery Jackpot After Going to 7-Eleven for Chocolate Milk

by Shelby Scott
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If you’re as big a chocolate milk fan as my husband, then you know some of the best chocolate milk is found at your local gas station. That said, one Virginia dad stopped off at the nearby 7-Eleven for just that reason. However, in addition to his sweet beverage, he walked out with a $1 million winning lottery jackpot.

According to CNN, Dennis Willoughby of North Chesterfield, VA had stopped off at the convenience store to grab chocolate milk for his kids, and decided then was also a good time to grab a scratch-off. As the outlet states, the ticket, a $1,000,000 Platinum Jackpot, was a top prize winner.

Fortunately, for Willoughby, it appears his kids’ chocolate milk run came at a convenient time. Officials stated the odds of winning for that particular lottery ticket are 1 in 1,632,000. Further, the VA dad scored the second of three total top-prize winning tickets.

At the time of winning, Willoughby could choose one of two options regarding his funds. The first option would have enabled Willoughby to claim the full $1 million prize over a period of 30 years. The second enabled the lucky lotto winner to claim a one-time cash payment of $640,205 before taxes. As CNN reports, the VA resident chose the latter option.

Powerball Jackpot Reaches $500 Million

Willoughby’s chocolate milk run earned him quite the one-time income. Meanwhile, the Powerball Jackpot has reached new highs lately following no claims over Christmas weekend.

Monday saw the Powerball Jackpot reach $441 million. The sum previously made it the “third highest number of the year.”

Now, as no one claimed the jaw-dropping jackpot, the Powerball has reached $500 million. After deductions, it equates to a cash total of $355.9 million.

After strange radio silence, the drawing will instead take place right at the start of 2022, Saturday night. However, the Washington Post claims the massive sum will draw what are called “jackpot chasers.”

According to the outlet, jackpot chasers are “infrequent players who try their luck and further inflate the biggest prize.”

Further, like the VA 7-Eleven winner, Powerball Jackpot winners have two options as to how they might receive their funds.

Winners have the choice to receive their winnings over the course of a 29-year period, providing the most bang for their (literal) buck. Or, as Willoughby saw, winners can also choose to take a smaller lump sum payment, following taxes.

That said, prior to the inflation to about $500 million, winners for the original $441 million prize would have brought home a decreased $299.5 million, had they chosen the lump sum option.

Overall, as we have just hours to wait until the next drawing, it will be interesting to see what the final winning jackpot is and if we actually have a winning ticket out there somewhere.