Debra Fuller

Debra Fuller won $250,000 playing the Virginia Lottery.

Debra Fuller walked into the Virginia Lottery’s Roanoke Customer Service Center wearing a T-shirt that said, “Not Lucky I’m Blessed.” Why? Because in her pocketbook, she had a $250,000 winning ticket.

The Gretna woman won the top prize in $250,000 Money Mania with a ticket she bought at The Village Store on Highway 29 in Chatham. She told Virginia Lottery officials she saw someone else buy a ticket that wasn’t a winner and decided to buy the next ticket for that same game.

$250,000 Money Mania is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 to $250,000. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 367,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.0.

Ms. Fuller is the sixth person to claim the game’s top prize, which means four more remain unclaimed. She said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and possibly travel.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. Ms. Fuller lives in Pittsylvania County, which received more than $5.9 million in Lottery funds for K-12 public education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, more than $14 million in unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes went to Virginia’s Literary Fund in FY18 to benefit education. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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