It happened in the parking lot outside of Duck In Deli, located at 920 North Main St. in Blacksburg. Miller had just bought a Mega 777s ticket there and went out to his vehicle to scratch it.
“I was in disbelief,” Miller said. “I just drove off.”
Mega 777s is one of dozens of scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $777,777. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means two more remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are one in 1,836,000. The odds of winning any prize are one in 3.45.
Miller, who is retired, said he intends to save his winnings.
Authorized by Virginia voters in a successful 1987 referendum, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, lottery customers helped generate more than $765 million dollars in funding for public education.