Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 21, 2012

Virginia workers win lottery jackpot

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLAND, Va. — A group of employees at a Bland County manufacturing company will be seeing their wallets get much thicker after winning a $250,000 jackpot in the Virginia Lottery.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 5-9-22-36-49 and the Mega Ball number was 36. The group used the Easy Pick option, allowing a computer to randomly select the numbers on their ticket.

John Haggerty, a spokesperson with the Virginia Lottery, said the group beat the odds.

“The odds of winning the $250,000 prize in Mega Millions are one in 3,904,701,” he said. “Since the prize was divided 17 ways, each member of the pool received about $14,700 before taxes.”

Todd Akers, one of the winners, said he and his co-workers have big plans for their winnings including vacations, paying off homes and cars, gifts for children and grandchildren, purchasing an engagement ring and more