BRISTOL HERALD COURIER
ABINGDON, Va. — A local man who spent $20 on a Virginia Lottery scratcher went home about 250,000 times richer this week.
Billy DeBusk, of Abingdon, scratched off the right numbers on a 50X the Money ticket, purchased from the 5Mart on West Main Street in Abingdon, to reveal that the ticket was worth $5 million.
That’s the game’s top prize, according to a statement from Virginia Lottery officials.
DeBusk told lottery officials he didn’t believe he had won at first.
“I didn’t have my glasses on,” he said. “I noticed all the zeros and I thought I’d scratched the wrong numbers.”
DeBusk had the choice of taking the full $5 million over 30 years or taking a one-time cash option of $3.40 million before taxes.
DeBusk chose the cash option.
He told lottery officials he plans to invest his winnings.
“It feels super good,” he said. “I still don’t believe it.”
The 5Mart will get a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, the statement said.
There are still prizes available from the 50X the Money scratcher, according to the lottery’s website, two more $5 million prizes and three unclaimed $500,000 prizes, as well as hundreds of thousands of prizes worth $20,000 or less.
The odds of winning the top prize of $5 million in the game are about one in 2.4 million, according to the lottery’s website.
The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million daily for Virginia’s public schools, and generated more than $486 million for schools in 2013.