Most people don’t yell with excitement as they go into work on Monday morning. But then again, most people don’t have a Monday morning quite like James Banks experienced.
As the Newport News man was driving to the shipyard, he stopped at the 7-Eleven at 8531 Orcutt Avenue in Hampton. While there, he picked up a 50X the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery. He scratched the ticket as he sat in his car just before going into work and realized he’d won $200,000.
“I started yelling, actually,” he said. “I told a few people on the way in.”
The prize he won is actually the second-highest prize in 50X the Money (game #1612). The top prize is $5 million. Mr. Banks is the fourth person to win that $200,000 prize, which means four similar prizes have yet to be claimed. Two $5 million prizes have been awarded, which means one has yet to be claimed.
The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,632,000. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.07.
Mr. Banks said his winnings will go into his savings.
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