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Lost Lottery Ticket Appears Just in Time For $250,000 Win

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Samantha Kemp-Jackson
Samantha Kemp-Jackson
 21 days ago

Richmond-area woman finds her missing scratch-off ticket under dresser after being lost

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In just the nick of time, Kimberly Jones got lucky. After believing she had lost the winning scratch and win lottery ticket that she had previously bought, she located it in the most unlikely of places: under her dresser.

When she first bought the Power Shot ticket at Petersburg Market Place, located at 2706 South Crater Road in Petersburg, she scratched it immediately. It looked like a winner, she thought, and double-checked with the store clerk, who agreed with her.

The odds of winning the top prize for this particular lottery were 1 in 1,530,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game were 1 in 4.39. The odds of losing a ticket after realizing that you were the winner of a top prize is unknown, but likely rare.

“I kind of froze,” Ms. Jones recounted to Lottery officials. “I just walked out of the store and tried to be calm.”

“I kind of froze,” Ms. Jones recounted to Lottery officials. “I just walked out of the store and tried to be calm.”

No one would fault her for being anything but calm. After all, the ticket was worth a cool $250,000, which was the game's top prize. Perhaps the excitement was a bit too much for her at the time, because upon arriving home, she misplaced the winning lottery ticket. After what must have been a very stressful and frantic search, she eventually found the ticket under her dresser. and was able to redeem it.


“It feels wonderful!” she said as she claimed her prize, clearly relieved.

From the Virginia Lottery website:

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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What are your chances of winning the lottery?

Everyone dreams of hitting the jackpot and winning that huge payout that will make life easier and more enjoyable. But what really are the odds of winning a coveted lottery prize?

According to Best U.S. Casinos, there are more likely instances of events happening to the average person than there are chances at hitting the big one.

For a reality check, some statistics about winning "the big one" from the site include the following odds. These events are more likely to happen.

Here are 10 things that are more likely to happen than winning a lottery jackpot

  1. Getting Struck by Lightning - 1 in 2,000,000
  2. Getting in a Plane Crash - 1 in 11,000,000
  3. Getting Attacked by a Shark - 1 in 3,750,000
  4. Winning an Oscar - 1 in 11,500
  5. Winning an Olympic Gold Medal - 1 in 662,000
  6. Becoming an Astronaut - 1 in 12,100,000
  7. Becoming President of the United States - 1 in 10,000,000
  8. Dying From Hot Tap Water - 1 in 5,000,000
  9. Becoming a Movie Star - 1 in 1,500,000
  10. Having Conjoined Twins - 1 in 200,000

The luck of the draw

And yet there are those who are perhaps just lucky - really, really lucky.

Take, for example, "Joe B" from Pueblo, Colorado. If he's anything, he's tenacious, because he has been playing the same set of numbers for 30 years.

In March, 2020, he bought two tickets at separate places, one in the morning and one in the evening, both from convenience stores. The tickets were for the same set of numbers: 5-9-27-39-42.

Similarly, a woman in Virginia hit the $1 million jackpot twice in 2012, after purchasing two Powerball tickets. She had mistakenly bought the second one after planning to by a Mega Millions ticket.

In January, 2020, a 61-year-old Delaware man bought two tickets in the Powerball lottery netting him a cool $50,000 each for a combined with of $100,000 before taxes. When asked at the time what he was going to do with his winnings, he said that he would be paying off some bills and putting the rest into savings. No word on whether any amounts would be spent on future lottery tickets.

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