Glen Allen woman wins $1 million

A Glen Allen woman couldn't believe her eyes when she scratched off the Virginia Lottery Million Dollar Cash Spectacular ticket she had just bought at an Eastern Henrico grocery store.

It seemed that the ticket that Diane Gray held was a top-prize winner, but she wasn't convinced. She called her sister, who couldn't believe it either.

“No, you won a thousand dollars,” she said.  “Look at the ticket again.”
 
Gray was standing in a parking lot at the time. She spotted someone standing two cars away, so she ran to the person – a total stranger – and showed her the ticket.
 
“You won a million dollars!” the stranger confirmed.
 
The $1 million prize is an annuity paid out over 25 years. Gray chose to take the cash option of $653,000 before taxes.
 
She bought the ticket at Kroger, 4816 South Laburnum Avenue. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
 
Gray works as a customer service agent for an airline. She told lottery officials that she has no immediate plans for her winnings.
 
Million Dollar Cash Spectacular is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. Gray is the first top-prize winner, which means five million-dollar tickets are unclaimed.
 
The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Raceway Complex has two exciting, albeit very different, events taking place this weekend: the Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale and Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed. If you’re searching for date night ideas, Wild Ponies will be performing at the Henrico Theatre tonight, CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” and The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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