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Virginia man wins $1M lottery after thinking he won $600


A man in Virginia who thought he won $600 in the lottery, ended up taking home a significantly larger cash prize.

Jose Flores Velasquez, of Annandale, Virginia, won $1 million playing the 20X the Money scratcher game last month, according to a recent press release from the Virginia Lottery. 

Flores Velasquez bought the ticket at a Safeway supermarket while he was picking up a pack of sodas, the press release said.

VIRGINIA MAN WINS $500K LOTTERY AFTER WALKING INTO STORE TO BUY CIGARS

When he brought the ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s customer service center, he thought he would be walking away with $600. That’s when he learned he was one of the game’s top winners.

Jose Flores Velasquez

Jose Flores Velasquez thought he had won just $600 after playing the 20X the Money scratcher game. When he went to redeem his prize, he learned he had won the top, $1 million prize. (Virginia Lottery / Fox News)

Flores Velasquez chose to take the one-time cash option, which totaled $759,878 before taxes, the press release said.

$1.34B MEGA MILLIONS LOTTERY WINNER STILL HASN’T COME FORWARD

The Safeway supermarket also received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, according to the release.

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A collection of lottery scratcher tickets are pictured.  (iStock / iStock)

There is still one more unclaimed top prize for the 20X the Money scratcher game, the release said.

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Virginia Lottery said that the chances of winning the top prize in the 20X the Money game are 1 in 1,754,400. 

Flores Velasquez told the Virginia Lottery that he may use his winnings to start his own business. 

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