Laura McDaniel (left) and Travis McDaniel (right) won $777,777 from a lottery ticket bought at a Danville store.

It was a particularly memorable birthday for Laura McDaniel. First, her husband Travis took her out to dinner. Then, on the way home, they bought some Virginia Lottery Scratchers.

One of those tickets ended up winning $777,777.

“We’re very blessed,” she said, as she and her husband claimed their prize.

The Bassett couple was driving home from dinner in Danville when they stopped at Corner Market, located at 12288 Martinsville Highway in Danville. Later, when they got home, she scratched the Lucky 7s Multiplier ticket and discovered it was a top prize winner.

This is the fourth and final top prize-winning ticket in Lucky 7s Multiplier (game #1997), which means the game is being closed. It is the Lottery’s policy to close Scratcher games after the final top prize is claimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 734,400. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 3.27.

Ms. McDaniel said they intend to stay humble and not let the money change them. And does she intend to continue playing the Lottery?

“I love scratching tickets!” she said. “They’re fun.”

Authorized by Virginia voters in a successful 1987 referendum, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, lottery customers helped generate more than $595 million dollars in funding for public education.

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